As coaches, we aim to influence human behavior, not just deliver trophies. One area we can easily influence in regard to a student golfer’s behavior is motivation. Motivation can be defined as the direction and intensity of one’s effort, and as coaches, we can impact our student’s motivation in ways many have never considered.
Golfers love advice, be it from a trained professional, a friend, or from the person in the next stall at the driving range. Sometimes it helps and sometimes it makes matters worse. For now, let’s assume you’re getting good advice and we will discuss how you can learn from it to improve your play on the course. But first, we will define a few terms just to clarify exactly what we are talking about.
Next in the Mind Body Connection portion of GLT’s golf psychology series, The Mental Game of Golf, is a practical tension management technique that, once mastered on the range, can be used to keep the body’s stress response under control on the golf course.
Today’s installment of GLT’s golf psychology series, The Mental Game of Golf, picks up where the previous article ended. While we told you about how Earl Woods inoculated the stress response in Tiger, we didn’t give any examples to back up our work. (Hey, how many majors has the guy won? How many more examples do you need?!)
In the first article of the Mind Body Connection portion of GLT’s golf psychology series, The Mental Game of Golf, we introduced the principle the Mind Body Connection. Today, we will discuss a practical example. To be specific, we’ll explain how Earl Woods used his military background to create a training environment designed to inoculate the stress response in young Tiger Woods.
The next step in our golf psychology journey and in navigating through golf’s mental game is gaining an understanding of the Mind Body Connection. To put it bluntly, the mind moves the body, the body moves the club and the club moves the ball.
Thanks for the Mind Body Connection definition, GLT, but what’s it all actually mean?
At GLT Golf, we see golf as a game of perfect process, not perfection. In the previous article in GLT Golf’s The Mental Game of Golf golf psychology series, we provided an overview of Dr. Bob Rotella’s best-selling golf psychology book, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect. In his book, Dr. Rotella outlines a few areas of emphasis for those interested in gaining a better understanding of the mental game of golf.
In the previous article in GLT’s Golf Psychology series, we gave a brief biography of Dr. Bob Rotella, a man considered by many to be the Godfather of Golf’s Mental Game. Today, we will provide a quick review of his 1995 best-seller, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect.