Can You Benefit From Golf Mental Coaching
You really don’t need to have a big mental issue to be able to greatly improve your golf scores with mental game coaching. Nearly everyone will benefit from learning and applying these powerful techniques into there golf game.
For a more precise answer to this question:
Take a look at the statements below and if you answer yes to a few of these questions then you are highly likely to benefit greatly from mental game coaching.
Test Your Mental Game Now
Directions: Check off all statements that apply to your situation.
- You do not have well-defined goals or goal specificity. You lack direction.
- You perform better in practice than during competition.
- You are so self-conscious; you worry about what others think about your game.
- You worry about letting others down by not performing up to others expectations.
- You are too self-conscious and worried about how others may perceive you.
- You suffer from anxiety, worry, or excess tension when in competition.
- Pre-game jitters do not go away after the first few minutes into the competition.
- You are motivated by fear of failure and it affects your performance in competition.
- You have a fear of success and sabotage yourself when you are winning.
- You are not sure why you play your sport or let others be your source of motivation.
- You are motivated by external rewards, accolades, recognition, or praise.
- You attach your self-worth to how well you perform in sports.
- You lose focus or have mental lapses during critical times of the game.
- Your routines are not well defined or lack mental focus in routine.
- You go through the motions physically without mental focus or intensity.
- You are not excited enough or are too excited to perform your best in competition.
- You are distracted by things that go on around you in your environment.
- You have doubts or negative thoughts before, during, or after competition.
- Post-injury you cannot perform the way you did pre-injury even when 100% physically.
- When performing well you may sabotage your performance with a comfort zone (protect your lead) or expectations that limit your ability to press forward.
- You become easily frustrated because of high expectations.
- You cannot perform with freedom or trust in times of adversity or pressure.
- You work on your mechanics or technique even when competing.
- You do not concentrate in the here and now or focus only on execution.
- You think of too much about consequences of your performance, good or bad.
- You over analyze mistakes (technique) and thus think too much about technique.
- You suffer from low self-confidence or self-esteem.
- You limit your performance with negative self-labels such as “I am a choker.”
- You have trouble forgetting or letting go of bad past performances.
- Your anger or frustration gets in the way of peak performance.
- You are frequently disappointed with your performance and wish it was better.
- You have a burning desire to be the best ever at your sport or just want to know how to improve your mental game.
If you checked one or more of the boxes above, consider taking the Mental Game Test available on this web site which is a comprehensive assessment of your mental approach to golf, which identifies your strengths and weaknesses. Once you complete the Assessment, we will be in touch to help you explore what would be the next best step for you to take to improve your mental toughness and get the mental edge advantage in competition.
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What happens during the coaching sessions?
You will start your coaching by completing a detailed mental game aptitude assessment GMAP. In the very first coaching session, we’ll go over your assessment and discuss your golfing history and background. The objective is to identify the top mental skill areas that you’ll want to improve on to give you the best performance improvement . We ask that you bring in any statistics you have kept recently. And share your schedule or recent competitions you’ve had so we can get a complete picture of our current situation. We’re happy to talk to parents or coaches to gain greater insight of your mental game and performance—from their perspective.
After we have discussed your mental game assessment and covered some follow up questions, the next task is to develop a mental game coaching summary and plan that outlines the top areas we want to improve in your mental game coaching program. Depending on the length of the program you enrolled in, we might complete this task during the session or between sessions. The mental game plan is a roadmap of what we’ll cover in your golf mental game coaching program and serves as a summary for you to review daily.
Next, we begin with the coaching phase of mental training. In this phase, we give you strategies to help improve a specific area of your golf mental game. You’ll replace ineffective beliefs, habits or routines with more effective ones. For example, we’ll identify the challenge, such as your top distractions, and then discuss how to cope with and refocus after distractions. This usually involves anticipating how you will react differently when distracted. Thus, the mental strategy of refocusing arms you with a strategy for reacting better after distractions.
We use a specific model for learning mental skills during the coaching stage. This includes four important steps: (1) awareness, (2) education, (3) practice, and (4) application.
In the beginning of your golf coaching program, we spend time in the awareness stage of learning. This means helping you identify your top barriers to success and how they impact your performance. Often athletes are not aware of how their mental game can interfere with performance. The education stage is when we teach you the mental skills for greater consistency and success. Here, you learn conceptual strategies that you can transfer to practice and competition. In the practice stage of coaching you apply what you learn to live practices and competition. You lean how to do this by teaching you pregame and post game routines.
In the final stage, you transfer your new skills to competition. As you can see, golf mental game coaching is a long-term educational process and not a quick fix. It takes a strong commitment to your mental game to reap the benefits of mental toughness coaching.
As we work through your mental game plan in each session, we review previous strategies with you to see how well you are able to implement them and what needs to improve. Each athlete improves at his or her own pace with golf mental game coaching depending on many factors, some that are beyond our control. We don’t expect you to be perfect with the mental game, but instead make steady improvements in your mindset.
After a few mental training sessions, we use several tools in the Golf mental game coaching process to help you practice and apply mental skills you learn in the coaching sessions. These include pregame audio programs, checklists, summary sheets, imagery programs, and post-game performance feedback strategies.
Our work during the coaching sessions is only the start of your improvement. In between sessions, you’ll continue to work on your mental game improvement by completing some Mental game workbooks, post-performance feedback sheets, eBooks and custom audio programs.
Please contact us to learn more about personal coaching programs for golfers and teams.
What makes Mark’s Mental game coaching so effective?
- Mark’s personal and dedicated attention with each of his clients.
- Mark uses tested methods and has over 15 years in the field of coaching.
- Mark’s deep understanding of what makes people perform at their best.
- Established credibility with many successful client results.
- Mark uses the best mental game tools from the most successful coaches in the world.
- A rock solid coaching plan to help keep you on track.
- On going personal support through email and quick calls.
- Comprehensive learning support with workbooks, audio and video trainings.
- You don’t need a degree in psychology to apply these interventions, just a willingness to change.
What are the Benefits of receiving Mental Game Coaching
- Improve your Mental toughness and resilience.
- Maximise your confidence and let go of poor shots.
- Clear mental and emotional blocks that are holding you back from playing your best golf.
- Simple tools to bring your mind and body into the optimum state for you to play your best golf.
- Make your practice more effective and repeatable on the course.
- Develop a powerful pre-shot routine.
- Enjoy your golf more