What mindset should I have for practicing golf?

Another great question Research supports that in order to become excellent in any sport domain or area of life, we need to have quality practice.  One researcher Dr. Ericsonn studied expert performance, his research suggests we need 10,00o hours of deliberate practice to become expert in what we do. There is some debate on this topic as to the exact nature of the 10,000 see link below. However, one thing we know for sure, quality practice builds competence and confidence.  A few recommendations to consider for improving and enhancing the quality of your practice. 1 – Sounds like a no-brainer...

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Is it better to be very excited or more level with your emotions on the golf course?

Great question! First of all, it is important to be yourself, to have authentic reactions, and then learn to respond in ways that are constructive.  We all have emotions, and emotions are part of the passion you have for performance.  So, it is ok to have some emotional reaction.  The problem lies in when you feel a round is a complete emotional roller coaster, and the highs are too high and the lows are too low.   These kind of emotional reaction will likely impede performance.   Learning to channel emotional energy constructively so that your emotions support performance is the ability you...

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Three Part On-line Series for SO Coaches ~ Light it up! Mental Performance Readiness for World Games

“Many highly successful athletes felt that they could have reached the top much sooner if they had worked on strengthening their mental skills earlier in their careers…” Article – Mental Links to Excellence, Terry Orlick & John Partington Ahead in the Game is am happy to announce with Special Olympics Canada, that we will be hosting a three part series to enhance Team Canada’s mental performance readiness for World Games.  So, mark the dates in your calendar!! Mental Skills for Facilitating Optimal Performance & Experiences at 2015 World Games – March 4th, 2015 Time Zones...

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Add “I Declare” to positive self-talk for more positive energy

Add “I Declare” to positive self-talk statements and notice the positive energy.  Anything you want more of in your life and sport, try working with making positive declarations to increase the energy within yourself and to draw in the supports you need. Thoughts are closely related to self-talk.  It has been estimated that we have approximately 150-300 words per minute – between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts per day.  What you are saying to yourself about what you are doing, largely contributes to self-esteem, self-concept and confidence to achieve something, perform at your best and realize...

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Stand Tall

Stand tall – be aware of your body language and what it is saying during training and performance.  If your confidence is feeling diminished, or someone or something has “rocked your boat” try a power posture to change your thoughts and get composed.  Having consistent and confident body language helps you stay on a more even keel even when are not “feeling” it.  Sometimes we need to “fake it, until we feel it.”  Strong body language helps us have strong thoughts.  How we .hold our physical selves affects how we feel.  Throughout performance and competition, be conscious of what your...

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PETTLEP Model – a guide to effective visualization for optimizing performance

P          Physical  An extremely important aspect of imagery is physical / physiological nature of visualization.  It is not entirely different from physical practice in that you can have similar physical sensations.  Thus striving to physically feel the movements and muscles you will be using while performing is part of it.   E          Environment The visualization should be as real or close to the actual environment you will be competing or practicing in.  If you can be in the environment, the gymnasium, rink or pool that is preferable.  Otherwise do your best to get pictures or even...

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