Here is an typical example of one of my clients Golf Mental Game Profile Summary and a Coaching Plan which really helps focus the coaching work we do together.
Be on the web tour in next 1-2 years
Be on the PGA Tour next 3-4 years
Goals on the way to main goals above
Win at least one event on every tour I play on
Qualify for at least one web.com event
Improve putting 29 putts per round average and improve consistency
Can loose focus during the round often in middle of round.
Motivation is good now but sustaining motivation can be a challenge
Motivated by love of game and recognition, money and enjoyable lifestyle.
Confidence is 8 now and goes up to 10 when practising more.
Confidence to be improved for putting and iron play and pitching.
Generally sturdy overall confidence.
Has high expectations for his performance. Ball striking, putting.
Can be distracted by internal thoughts typically about score and other players performance
Performs well when feels he is know and respected.
Feels more pressure to perform when in other unproven bigger events.
Feels need for more structure in his practice plan.
Clearer purpose need for practice routines.
Pre shot routine is ok with room for improvement esp on long game.
Not always able to restart routine when in doubt or distracted.
Able to let go of mistakes sometimes
Needs to pick smaller targets for long game routine
Can be affected by poor warm up before competition.
Doubt percentage 30 before 20 during 10 after.
Pretty good at going low when playing well.
Sometimes fear of missing opportunity when in bigger events.
Certain situations (water ) can lead him to focus too much on the problems and not the target.
Sometimes losses focus when comparing himself to others around him
Potential areas that need improving Ball striking . loss of motivation.
Playing well feels relaxed jovial positive
Played less well serious rushed quiet
Works with a swing coach. How often ?
Focuses on target with short game mostly.
HIgh Expectations to strike the ball well
Strong desire to do well in bigger events can leads to tension and steering.
Difficulty to stay focused in preparation for each shot.
Often thinks about score while in bigger competitions.
Key coaching Summary
10 Key Mental Coaching Areas
Identifying and eradicating expectations
Building confidence esp when playing at bigger events
Focus on the process, let go of the score
Developing effective preshot routines
Develop effective post shot routines to let go of mistakes.
Dealing with fear of failure, introduction to neutral thinking
Understanding the Performance and Training mindsets
Emotional control dealing with frustration
Creating sustainable motivation through out the year
Enhance effective practice habits Clearer purpose.
Coaching Plan Details
- Formula: No expectations, set manageable objectives, and high confidence
Identify and discuss expectations and how they limit performance.
Replace expectations with performance goals and mental game goals.
Identify other self-limiting beliefs and ideologies.
Teach how to replace expectations with manageable goals or objectives.
Differentiate between expectations, goals, and confidence.
Tie in manageable objectives into focusing on the process.
- Enhancing confidence and keeping it when under adversity
Define confidence and differentiate from self-esteem. Realize you control your own confidence and be proactive.
Develop a confidence resume of reasons to be confident with mental game coach.
Identify doubts and develop rebuttals for doubts.
Go over the 10 pillars to confidence with student.
Use self-talk to enhance on-course confidence.
- Learning to focus on the process
Define what is relevant to the task for each shot. Define what is relevant to making a shot, putt, chip, sand shot.
Be aware when you get off-task (distracted, doubt, indecision, etc.) and catch yourself before you hit the shot.
Be able to refocus back on the ingredients of your routine. Ask yourself: “What do I need to focus on right now to hit a good shot?”
Use the Three R’s for Refocusing:
Recognize—that you are not on task or out of your mental routine.
Regroup—Tell yourself to stop and get back to the task.
Refocus—on the task-relevant cues of the shot.
Restart or Refocus. You should restart your routine or refocus mid-routine to get back into the relevant cues.
Set objectives to help focus on the process (mental and performance) –tie into previous capsule.
- Clarifying what will enable him to sustain his motivation.
Getting more connected to his internal motivators and balance these with external motivators
Separating his performance as a golfer from his value as a human being.
Creating a performance self which is separate from Charlie the Man.
- Clarify and define effective preshot routines
Discuss principles of effective preshot routine for full shot and putting
(Plan, image, rehearse, etc.)
Ask golfer to describe his routines and make modifications if necessary
Program Integration into normal golf game
- Dealing with the Fear of failure and negative thinking
Discuss the roots of fear of failure.
Help golfer understand how perfectionism interferes with confidence and trust.
Learn how to replace negative thinking with neutral thinking
Develop strategies for golfer to play functional golf instead of perfect golf shot.
If you miss a shot, take a practice swing or two to replicate the proper feel you want, and move on to the next shot. The last one is gone and forgotten.
- Taking your practice game to the golf course
Discuss the difference in mindsets from Training to competition.
Help the golfer to identify attitudes that get in the way on the golf course (trying to hard, high expectations, etc.)
Discuss practice routines and effective practice principles for maximum transfer of practice.
Change practice routines to reflect more playing instead of beating balls.
- Emotional control & dealing with frustration
Discuss “Guide for Controlling Negative Emotions”
Teach a system for letting go of frustration
Ask golfer to identify the top 5 most frustrating events
Work through the top five frustrating events with Ellis RET model
- Understand the principles of purposeful practice
Apply these principles to create a practice plan which works on improving the areas of his game that need the most improvement