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Improve performance with golf psychology

Golf has a huge psychological element. The best players have the most developed and robust psychological skills. But you don't need to be a pro to develop these skills and improve. On this page I give some examples of how I can help your performance. There are two sections:

10 ways Sports Psychology can help improve golf performance

  1. Manage pre-event tension and worry so you arrive at the course fresh and ready.
  2. Focus on the elements that are key for your optimum performance, without getting distracted by the minutiae of your play or what others are doing.
  3. Develop routines for pre- and post-shot so you exert more control and consistency over your game.
  4. Manage the emotions (yips, frustration...) associated with competitive golf.
  5. Maintain confidence in your ability to hold your performance or bounce back.
  6. Set goals for the year, month and next round or practice to shape what you do, focus your efforts and improve more quickly.
  7. Re-visit why you play, what motivates you, and set-up training so you increase motivation.
  8. Develop images and visualise your performance - this speeds up learning and increases confidence.
  9. Process the experiences that hold you back so you can get back to performing well.
  10. Manage poor performances so they don't cause your round or year to self-destruct.

Golf performance problems and solutions

golf psychologist holeAs you can see there are many ways that sports psychology helps golfers. To give you a further idea of what sports psychology can do I’ve listed some common problems below along with some of the ways (but by no means all the ways) I try to solve them. Perhaps you will spot your difficulties in some of the descriptions.

Problem: You get yourself worked up into such a state before even minor competitive rounds so that you feel extremely nervous, you want to leave, and sometimes you even vomit.

Solution: After a full assessment of the difficult situation and your response we can apply a tailored stress management programme to reduce your physical and mental stress. (Alternatively, you can order my Golf Stress Management CD - pay via PayPal NOW ON SALE).

Problem: In your last competition you performed so badly that your confidence has taken a big fall.

Solution: We can look at that competition in detail to understand what sense you’ve made of why it happened, and at the impact it has had on you since. We then produce a stepped plan for you to get back on track, increase your confidence to its previous level (or above) and overcome the setback.

Problem: Your scores are inconsistent on your home course. You don’t know what you should be doing and thinking about before each shot.

Solution: There are sports psychology techniques that we can apply to help you identify your effective performance routine – this will lead to consistently higher performance.

Problem:Your performance has reached a plateau and hasn’t improved for a while. You set goals but don’t reach them.

Solution: Effective goal setting isn’t simple or a once a year activity. But with help you can learn to set appropriate and achievable goals, set up practice so you are likely to reach them and to conduct appropriate reviews of progress so goals can be lowered or raised over time. You will then be much more likely to achieve more than before.

Problem: You get distracted at key times of the game. At times you suddenly become aware that you are behind in a head-to-head, when it is too late to bounce back.

Solution: We can work on techniques to improve concentration skills, identify the types of factors that distract you. We also identify the times when you don't need to concentrate fully on golfing elements.

Problem: You’ve been playing and competing for a number of years now and it has become repetitive, boring and mundane. Your motivation has gone. You wonder if there is any point of doing this for another year.

Solution: We can review why you play, why you got into golf in the first place, and plan the year so it is more focused, fun and interesting. These and other techniques can help you to boost motivation and enjoy your golf again.

What next?

Why not read my free golf psychology tips.

Or email me to book a telephone or in person consultation in Victoria, London.

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Dr Victor Thompson


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