The golfing ego

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Have you ever considered the fact that if golf was just a physical game that we would see far fewer professional golfers winning competitions? A golfers physical strength and skill level does not change week-to-week to the extent that his confidence and mental strengths do. It is the variable of mental strength at any given time that produces the wide range of tournament winners. It is the reason why most sports teams ‘win at home’ and why individual performance can be impacted be external factors outside of the game. So, the next time you watch golf ask yourself if the leader is winning due to physical attributes or mental qualities such as confidence, resolve and the quality of his cognitive processes.

As such the painful fact is you are your worst enemy on the golf course, and being able to ‘get out of your way’ on the course is a constant battle for yourself and every golfer in the world both amateur and professional. The negativity, doubts and poor performances all originate from what I refer to as ‘the golfing ego’. It is your ego that produces the cognitive and emotional interference that prevents you from tapping in to your peak capabilities – in every activity not just golf.

As such all of my coaching services are designed to educate you about and protect you from your own golfing ego. To the right you will see a list of just some of the many symptoms of the ego. I know that you will have experienced many of this on many occasions. I have no doubt you are aware of these, and that some part of you wishes you could get rid of them. Well, that is not possible, the golfing ego is a big part of the golfer’s psyche – however you can develop the skills to block the ego through distraction and conditioning.

Blocking the golfing ego

Now you appreciate just how much you can benefit by blocking your golfing ego. Just imagine your next round without it. No unwanted voices in your head, no negative self-talk, no uncontrollable or unwanted emotions, no limiting beliefs that impair realistic goals, no feelings of doubt that reduce swing speed and impact quality with ball, improved decision making, a consistent pre-shot routine, increased learning through heightened awareness that gathers valuable swing and shot feedback and equally important a heightened enjoyment of the game. The total list of benefits, whether gaining valuable new skills or jettisoning unwanted traits, is much much longer. As with a swing, the characteristics and needs of a mental game is unique to each person so the necessary adjustments vary with person – however there is no doubt that my range of services can provide every golfer of every ability level the protection they need to improve performance.

Improvement without improvement

Maybe you hadn’t considered the need to remove the interference that prevents you from performing at your peak potential. Such performance is measured by golfers through round scores and handicap. The majority of golfers obsess over these statistics, in a large part due to their golfing ego. Such measures should be left for after the game, as dwelling on such numbers during the game is only fuelling the ego to damage your performance. As such consider how your experiences on the golf course will improve as The Mental Game Scorecard and Handbook reduce the reduction in performance caused by the interference produced by your ego. Many people get very excited at the prospect of playing better golf without having to improve a technical aspect of their game. That is the reality, and at the heart of what I do.

The Mental Game improves your swing

All of my coaching services and products focus quite clearly on how we as human beings learn. To learn any new skill requires quality feedback (what did I do well and what could I improve?) from the task – which is obtained through an increase in your own non-judgemental self-awareness. A vast amount of information is available from what you can ‘feel’ in your body during a swing and equally by watching the shape of your ball flight – however on many an occasion feelings of immediate frustration immediately after impact with the ball limit your ability to gather this crucial feedback. As such the Mental Game Handbook will provide clear guidance on how to seek and welcome this feedback and to integrate it in to your learning.

Obviously you are dependent on understanding how the golf swing works, and continued support from a golf coach – ideally one who can provide quality feedback instead of judgemental observations is beneficial – is essential. However, and I find this time and time again with people I coach, you will be surprised by just how much learning you can accomplish between sessions. Too many golfers overlook the constant goal of learning and have limiting beliefs that they only learn in a coaching session.

My goal should be your goal

As such, my goal is to block your golfing ego. This is performed through education, coaching and support. You will learn to use techniques such as pre, between and post shot routines, visualisation techniques, distraction techniques, anchoring techniques, emotional state management techniques and cognitive activities that improve every aspect of your game from driving through to putting and from course management through to self-aewareness.

All of the above is at your fingertips right now and achievable through my direct coaching, my “Mental Game Handbook and Scorecard” and from my subscription service.

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SCORECARD KILLERS

Do you try to predict your score during a hole?

Do you try to predict you score for the front-9 or back-9?

Do you try to predict your round score?

Do you not have a strategy for managing your emotional state whilst walking between holes?

Do you talk negatively about yourself on the course, possible far worse than you would a playing partner?

Do you consider how the current round could change your handicap?

Do you lack commitment to your pre-shot routine?

Do you not have a post-shot routine?

Do you ever predict a negative outcome for a shot on the course?

Do you ever play a shot without mentally visualising the outcome?

Do you not know what your dominant sense is (sight, sound, feel) to help visualisation?

Do you not know if you have any negative anchors on the golf course?

Do you ever draw upon negative memories during a round of golf that produce a negative state?

Do you fear bunkers, hazards and out of bounds?

Do you consciously try to control your swing when playing?

Do you switch between a number of different swing thoughts during a round?

Do you consciously try to control any physical element of your swing during a round?

Do you not have a post shot routine?

Do you occasionally or often leave the scene of a perceived bad shot in a manner that establishes a negative memory?