Discover your golf brain and get your handicap down with mental golf training
- Feel nervous with a group of people on the first tee watching you?
- Change your ball if you have to tee off over the water?
- Worry about the bunker if you have to chip over it?
- Get annoyed if your ball is lying in a divot?
- Berate yourself if you miss the putt?
- Relax and learn to get your golf brain “in the zone”?
- Lower your handicap harnessing your golf brain?
- Learn how to take charge of the gremlin in your head so it no longer sabotages your game?
- Discover how to stay calm with mental golf training?
- Eliminate bad habits and mental golf mistakes?
Mental golf training for your golf brain
Match Play Book – perfect for the upcoming Grade & Pennant Season
- Gain the edge over your opponent
- Discover how to stay in your zone
- Learn how to calm the gremlin when you are down 4 holes
How an attitude of gratitude can help you play your best golf
It may seem such a simple thing, and we talk about it often – GRATITUDE. Having an attitude of gratitude can make an enormous difference to your golf. It’s not something that just sounds nice, it’s a lifestyle and mindset choice that will drastically change your golf and your life in many ways. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Read on to see how:
1. Having an attitude of gratitude helps you handle the stress of golf better.
Mentally give thanks and then do a mindfulness practice. Try some counting breathing or notice how your feet feel in your shoes, or how the sun feels on your skin – anything to get you mind into the present moment.
2. Remind yourself of what it is you value about playing golf.
Do you love the beautiful natural surroundings, the camaraderie, the challenge, the peacefulness of the environment, the competition, the exercise, the mental challenge,the fun? What is it that you really love about playing golf?
3. Have an early morning happy hour
Leave the negative thoughts at home and only take positive ones with you to the course. Begin the day with thinking about 3 things you are grateful for: say them out loud, tell someone or write them down.
There are certainly many worse places to be than on a golf course!
4 Mistakes from the Ryder Cup that all golfers can learn from
This year’s Ryder Cup being held at the Gleneagels Golf Club in Scotland has never been as highly contested with the Europeans winning the past two Cup matches. The Cup is a combination of not just individual play, but a team concept as well.Playing for a team that is made up of fellow countrymen or a team that is made up of several countries bound by a common land mass, the matches have proven to be the ultimate test of nerve and skill. Mental hardiness and emotional composure are needed to perform under the scrutiny of millions of onlookers.
Dr. Robert K. Winters, wrote in the Leadbetter Golf Academy about the four mental and emotional mistakes that the players who are participating in this year’s Ryder Cup Matches must avoid in order to play at their highest level. The ironic thing about these mistakes is that these are the same mistakes that everyday golfers can learn from as well. Avoid making these mistakes and you are well on your way to playing great golf!
Mistake 1: Thinking that the other team has an edge due to experience or reputation.
The golfer who can believe in their ability and play golf against the challenge of the game and beat the golf course (the way that they know how) is the player who can be a formidable opponent for anyone.
Mistake 2: Failing to adhere to my routine and hitting when not ready.
After having a clear plan in your mind, you must fully commit to your pre-shot routine and take full rehearsal swings prior to stepping in and aiming yourself to your target.
Mistake 3: Making the shot or match bigger than life.
Don’t over value the moment or the importance of ‘that’ shot. When you are trying to make a ‘big shot’ you put too much pressure on yourself in that moment and flub the shot.
Mistake 4: Losing your composure and performing below your comfort zone.
The emotion that swirls around the event at every hole, every day, is fantastic and at the same time, mentally grueling and taxing to the senses. The focus for maintaining your composure is to be true to your nature and understand that ultimately….you are in control of you!
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Karrie Web wins her 5th Women’s Australian Open Title
Karrie attributes much of her win to her strong mental game on the final day of the Women’s Australian Open.
The stress and pressure of the final day got to seventeen-year-old Australian amateur Minjee Lee, the co-overnight leader, had seven bogeys and a double bogey in an error-filled final round of 78. She finished in a share of 11th place. Read more from golf.com
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Karrie Webb won the Women’s Australian Open for the fifth time Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round to beat Chella Choi by one stroke.
Webb birdied the 18th hole to take the outright lead, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday to take a share of the third-round lead, pushed a 10-foot putt wide of the hole at 18 to miss the chance for a playoff.
Webb, who clinched her 40th LPGA title, finished at 12-under 276 overall. She previously won the Australian Open in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008.
“I got off to a great start and I just did a great job mentally today,” Webb said. “I can’t think of another time when I held myself together as well as that.”
The win marked a remarkable change of fortune for the No. 8-ranked Australian, who was disqualified from last week’s Australian Ladies Masters after signing an incorrect scorecard. She had been the defending champion at the event.
“I was happy to see the conditions were going to be a little tougher today,” Webb said. “I felt like that gave me a chance to make up some ground.”Webb started five shots off the lead Sunday, but made six birdies and only two bogeys as the other leading challengers struggled in a strong wind on the Victoria Golf Club course.
Choi had played 14 holes and was at 11 under when Webb finished her round, leaving the Australian with an anxious wait to see whether her score would hold up. But the South Korean, who had two eagles and six birdies in her record-setting third round, couldn’t make a birdie on the back nine Sunday.
“When you’re on the course you feel like you have some control, but when you’re done you have no control and you just have to wait and see,” Webb said. “I actually thought once Chella had that putt on the last, I’ve played with her quite a bit and I was expecting that one to go in.”
Choi was trying to win her first LPGA title.
See the rest of the article here: http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/karrie-webb-captures-fifth-womens-australian-open-title
McIlroy’s Game all in the Mind
Rory McIlroy has, by his own standards, had a disastrous year on the PGA Tour. New clubs, an international engagement and worsening results have led to zero titles in 2013. His fall through the world rankings has surprised many but now, as the season draws to a close, there is reason to believe in McIlroy once again.
A tied second place at the Korea Open a fortnight ago showcased the Northern Irishman’s quality and he backed that up with a one-shot win over Tiger Woods at a lucrative exhibition round in China this weekend. His form is slowly creeping back to where it was this time last year when he won in Dubai and, with that tournament now just two weeks away, McIlroy is a good outside option in the golf betting to clinch the season-ending showstopper.
McIlroy this season has come to epitomise the mental frustrations players find themselves under on the PGA Tour. Anyone, whether you’re a professional or occasional amateur, gets stuck in a rut from time to time and it’s how you react through the adversity that defines your success on the other side. McIlroy has reacted well. He’s kept calm and composed during the tough days this summer when he carded a disappointing US Open finish and missed the cut at the Open. A 59th place at the BMW Championship in September plunged his ranking further, yet the 24-year-old has stuck to his way of playing gung-ho golf.
And it’s finally working. While a change to Nike clubs frustrated his attacking approach play earlier this season, now he’s used to the gear his mind is more settled. McIlroy attacked the field in Korea and the tactic almost yielded a title. Should he score highly in Shanghai this weekend that will be enough to see him into Dubai, where he will be full of the confidence golf betting fans have come to expect from the two-time major winner.