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Are Your Scores Stuck Because of a Physical Or Mental Issue?

I’ve been a golf mental coach for over 10 years now working with golfers from rank beginners to tour players and if there’s been one thing I’ve never really been able to figure out about golfers it’s this:

If just about every golfer knows that, once you have the basics of the game,  golf is 90% mental…

then why is it that only a small % of golfers who say they want to improve their game actually do anything about their mental game?

I think I finally got the answer.

Golfers think that their issues are not mental! I’ve got news for you, if you are playing regularly and have the skills, it’s almost ALL mental!!

Follow me now…

For instance…A golfer goes to the range or a lesson with an instructor. After warming up and getting some reps in, the golfer starts hitting the ball pretty consistently. In a lesson, the instructor may even say something like:  “Your swing is looking pretty good and if you can just do the same exact thing on the course,  you’ll do well.”

The golfer goes to the course, sometimes within minutes of one of the above scenarios, and then the swing is nothing like it was on the range.  Here’s the kicker… the golfer thinks it’s a PHYSICAL issue since we are talking about the swing here.

But, that’s not true at all and is the big error golfers make and why they get stuck on scoring plateaus and don’t improve.

Below is a 9 min. clip of some coaching I did where I answered some emails that came to me and I go deep into this.  The email I answered is from a pool player but I relate the issue to golfers midway through the video so stick with it until then. It’s the same exact thing for golfers anyway.

4 Responses

  1. Rik February says:

    Excellent dissection and remedial conclusion. Its not easy to convince people to think with their entire body.

    I’m the “Retired Sports Psy-coach” and enjoy your emails enormously. Keeps me “young”.

    Kind Regards, Rik

  2. Mark Breen says:

    So, to paraphrase Yogi Berra, “It’s 90 percent mental, and the rest is just in your head”.

    Two thoughts. One, if it is your unconscious mind, is there a strategy, something you can consciously do, to neutralize the unconscious thoughts creating the interference?

    Two, for those of us golfers now looking at 5 months before we are playing (I live in the far north), can you direct us to something we can work on during the off-season to improve our ability to limit interference, even though we can put it into practice until next spring?

    I think this mind/body subject is fascinating! Many thanks for feeding my curiosity!

    Be well.
    Mark

    • Craig Sigl says:

      Haha, that’s awesome Mark, yep, you got it. Thanks Yogi as well.

      1. Yes. That’s what my entire RACE Formula is all about. It’s built on this principle: Performance = Potential – Interference. Essentially, you must clear as much interference as you can. That is 2 steps: 1. Consciously identify the interference and design an “antidote” to the belief program and 2. Deliver it to the unconscious mind. Make the connection and get it down there. Poof, the old belief pattern goes away if you have the RIGHT antidote.

      2. My programs of course! They are all designed for working on all of this, especially in the off season. I made my biggest breakthrough in golf by not playing for 7 months and just doing mental rehearsal or “visualization” on one thing, square and point. Shortcut secrets program has 13 guided visualizations for all aspects of the game. If you want to speed up the process and take this to the max, Advanced Mental Toughness is open for enrollment for about 9 more days for now. http://sportsmentaltoughness.com/advanced-mental-toughness/

      Greens and Fairways,

      Craig

      P.S. Thanks Mark for setting me up for a commercial for my stuff. 🙂

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