Discover the Power of the Mental Game

Ronald Mann
GolfPsych Instructor
Scottsdale, AZ

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I am always surprised how average golfers do not seem to realize and utilize the powerful techniques and approaches that are available for the mental side of the game. Have you been playing a long time, but your score remains the same? Do you find that you play better in practice rounds, but fall apart in tournaments? Do you find it difficult to maintain focus for an entire round? Do you doubt yourself and lose confidence when it really counts? Adult or junior golfers, these are challenges we all face. These few mental factors can add 3, 5 or even 10 strokes to your score. The good news is that there are clear and specific approaches that will elevate your ability to play your best. A little coaching on the mental side can make your game a lot more fun.

The most important mental skill to achieve is the ability to maintain focus with a clear mind when your heart rate goes up and you have more adrenaline in your system. Research by Debbie Crews, Ph.D., noted sport psychologist, shows that the ability to synchronize both sides of the brain will result in optimal performance, even under the most stressful conditions. There are easy breathing and meditation techniques that result in balanced brain activity and enhanced focus and concentration.

Positive self-talk, confidence, commitment and a belief in your ability are essential for success on and off the course. Too often players of all ages fall apart with one bad shot and become negative, resulting in too many wasted strokes. Self-management is crucial for success.

Golf is more than just a game; it offers the possibility for personal development and improvement. The First Tee understands this and that is why it has been so successful. Great equipment and good mechanics are important, but they are only part of the package. Who is hitting the ball makes a big difference. Your capacity for good course management, good swing mechanics, and good decision-making are enhanced when you are in balance physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.

If you or someone you know is struggling to play their best, do not let frustration take the fun out of the game. Give me a call.

Dr. Ron Mann teaches an integrated mind/body/spirit approach to peak performance. He is the author of the LA Times Bestseller, Integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy, Bouncing Back: How to Recover When Life Knocks You Down, The Yoga of Golf, and the audio CD Find the Zone II: Master the Mental Game of Golf. You can contact him at or 602.687.7644. Visit his website for more free materials.
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