Alred Helps Molinari Conquer Mental Game

Joe Culverhouse
  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • Manager - GLT Content and Communications
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When July began, Francesco Molinari was the number 123 ranked golfer in the world. Not only was he playing poorly, his Tour status was in jeopardy.

Now, with a few days remaining in before August begins, Molinari finds himself the winner of two tournaments, including a Major.

During his victory speech following The Open, Molinari made sure to thank each member of his team, including its most recent addition, renowned mental performance coach Dave Alred.

Alred, known throughout the sport for creating and adapting a system he refers to as “practicing ugly,” has worked with Molinari for two years. The idea of practicing ugly recreates stressful situations golfers are likely to face on course in a practice setting in order to help develop the ability to overcome the adverse effects the pressure produces. 

Alred defines pressure as the following, “Pressure is anything that interferes with someone’s ability to be totally focused on their process.”

If you’re familiar with GLT Golf, you know this falls directly in line with our teachings. What you may not know, however, is that our own Mental Performance Coach, Iain Highfield, is a Dave Alred disciple, having trained under him as a youth rugby player.

It’s no coincidence, then, that Highfield’s OSVEA Preshot Routine system utilizes many of the same key strategies as Alred’s Practicing Ugly.

In the end, both systems teach athletes, golfers in this instance, to trust and focus on the process. Results are beyond a golfers control, and focusing on things beyond our control leads to heightened levels of stress, which lead to poor performance. By focusing on what we control – the process – we lower stress and are able to let our bodies complete the jobs they’ve (ugly) practiced to complete.

Learn More about the Mental Game of Golf here!