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How To Quiet The Golf Mind – part 1

There’s a famous quote from Sam Snead when asked what he thinks when he’s about to take his shot: “Nothing”

Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t know how to think about nothing for any longer than about 2 seconds at most.

Just like a hammer or a screwdriver, our mind is an amazing tool if we know how to use it. Without that knowledge, a hammer can create all kinds of destruction in the wrong hands. I am fascinated by the workings of our mind and how we can apply its power to golf and if you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I believe that scoring has much more to do with how we think than the technique of our swing.

The old sports psychology formula: Performance = Potential – Interference is very true and in today’s video, I’m going to help you get rid of some of that interference to your scoring potential.

This is part 1 and I’ll be putting out part 2 very soon. One of the benefits I give golfers is relief from all the standard “shoulds” in typical golf instruction. This video is one of those.

Greens and fairways,


Title: Having trouble “Quieting Your Mind” on the course?

One of the more common problems I hear from golfers is the inability to “quiet the mind” during the swing or putting stroke. They have negative or destructive thoughts floating around in their head creating doubt, anxiety, worry and fear….which leads to tension and ultimately ruins the shot.

Here’s a typical comment I received:

“The thing that bugs me the most is remembering the holes and shots on those holes that got me in trouble and, although I try to put them out of my head, I repeat the same things that got me in trouble in the first place. If I can just get rid of the negative thoughts and vibes on these holes I’d score pretty well.”

You hear so many pro golfers talk about “thinking nothing” during their swing and so many golfers beat themselves up for not being able to control their mind like they think they should.

Well, you could spend a couple years learning how to quiet your mind by doing meditation. Go sit quietly in a room with the intention of expanding the space between thoughts. This can work and many people gain greatly from meditation but most golfers just don’t have the patience.

If this sounds like too much, well then I’ve got great news for you so let me free you up to be you:

You DON’T HAVE to quiet your mind during your swing in order to play brilliantly!

I’ve got 2 mental techniques to help you with this.

Technique #1. I like to teach my golfer clients, who struggle with this, a powerful new way using a metaphor.

If your golf mind were like an automobile, you would be a Ferrari…and all you need to play the game is a 1968 VW Bug! In other words, you have more brainpower than you need to play this game well.

The problem is, the Ferrari is designed to go fast out on the open highway. That open highway is the highway of thoughts. In other words, you want to drive your Ferrari on some good open highway or it’s autopilot could find some bad roads to travel on (like the commenter above).

What does this mean in reality? It means, you’ve got to give your Ferrari mind useful or at least neutral things to think about, and prepare in advance, that list of things to think about while on the course.

And when on the course…drive your Ferrari on those thoughts! Stop trying to slow down that Ferrari and just give it some good road and let it fly!

What that does is crowd out the negative thoughts. It’s kind of like a teenager putting on headphones with her favorite music so she doesn’t have to hear her little brother’s endless chatter.

Come to the course with a list of things to think about and put them on a 3×5 card and stick it in your bag. Pull it out whenever your thoughts are running wild and getting in your way. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Notice detail of what your 5 senses are taking in at the moment.
Imagine that you are going to go on a year-long travel trip to the most amazing place on the planet. Start packing your bags and boxes for that trip. What would you bring?
Imagine winning the lottery and what would you spend it on?
Contemplate the vastness of space or whether or not aliens or bigfoot really exist. You might even start a conversation with your partners about it!
Try to go through your mind and remember the first names of everyone you know or ever knew.

Potential subjects to think about are endless! Use when needed. Go on to part 2

How To Get Over A Bad Round Of Golf – part 2

So I finished part 2 of how to get over a bad round of golf.

I actually had a bad streak of rounds…4 out of 5 in fact until I finally broke through with a 77 on a championship course.

Like everything else in golf, contrary to the golf industry, this is 90% of the time, a mental problem and not a physical one. Golfers go crazy trying to “fix” what they think is wrong and create more problems in the process.

…can you say David Duvall?

I give you 2 techniques in the video below to come back and ride the see-saw of you playing this game back up to the top. As usual, I say things in this video that many golf instructors would never teach.

You watch and see and make the call yourself. I might just save you a bunch of time and money.


Hi Craig Sigl here. This is part 2 of “How To Get Over A Bad Round”

Getting right to the point here, there are 2 things you need to do in order to wipe out a bad round from your psyche.

1. and this is the most important. You’ve got to come to some sort of a resolution thought about the whole experience. In other words, come to a conclusion that you can accept and live with about what happened that allows you to move on. For instance. After my bad round, I just tell myself that I have those bad rounds every once in awhile to remind myself that you never master this game and that is why it is so addictive and also satisfying when I do have a great round. It’s the contrast of high scores that make the low scores I shoot such an awesome feeling. Part of the deal!

We don’t need to understand what mechanically went wrong with our game necessarily in order to come to a conclusion. If a mechanical flaw in our game is obvious, then sure, go ahead and get some instruction or work it out on the range if you know how to deal with the issue.

What you don’t want to do is walk around with an endless thought stream of “Why did this happen to me, I need to fix it” It happens to everyone like I mentioned in the first video. And here’s the key: More than likely, there’s nothing wrong with your game. There’s often nothing to fix! Don’t go trying to fix something that isn’t broken.

Golf is a weird game. One day, you go out there and you hit every fairway off the tee and a few days later, you can’t hit a one. And then a week or two later, you’re back to hitting every fairway! Be patient because more than likely, this is going to be the case for you if you take my advice here in this video

Because your golf swing or putting stroke isn’t necessarily like a machine where parts get broken and have to be replaced like a car. No. Human beings cannot be reduced to their parts like a machine. Sometimes all you have to do is wait it out…

which brings us to the 2nd thing you need to do to get back on track.

2. Distance yourself from the event. When we think of our choke or bad round, it’s like an object taht seems like it’s right there around or in front of us. We sense it being close to us. Maybe that it surrounds us! What you want to do is some kind of imagination or mental intention to get away from it…literally.

You can think of the choke and then “push it away or behind you” You can walk away from it yourself. You can drift off to sleep at night and “breathe it out of your body” There’s lots of ways to do this. Be creative. Your way is best for you. Just get some distance between you and that round. It’s a mental intention.

To make this easy, I recommend that you not play any golf for awhile. Give it a break. Allow those overall good feelings you have about the game come back on their own without being contaminated by your latest round. They will. They always do if you give yourself some space to clear it.

Don’t Believe Any Golf Instructor or Coach

Quite often, I hear from my golfer clients that they are so confused by the conflicting swing advice…and sometimes conflicting mental game advice…that they are given by instructors and coaches.

One says to swing more around the body while another says you need to bring it more upright.

One mental coach says you need to play against par, and not your opponents while another says that you play for the love of the game (me).

Who do you believe? What to incorporate?

Well, I just made a short video to address this.
Click on the video below and let me know what you think in the comments below that.



Don’t Trust Any Golf Guru!
Listen, as usual. I’m going to be controversial in this video. Why is it that we think that if a golf instructor has worked with a touring pro, or has been a touring pro himself (or herself) that that makes them a good golf instructor for you?

Let me tell you right here that what makes a good instructor for YOU has nothing to do with any of that! NOTHING.

The best golf instructors are the ones that flex to what’s best FOR YOU! They don’t try to fit round pegs into square holes. EVERY GOLFER IS DIFFERENT and cookie cutter swing methods do not work for everyone.
That’s the big problem with getting golf instruction online. You can’t do much of a personal approach when you’re selling generic information.

What you’re really looking for is results and you don’t know in advance whether or not some golf advice is going to work for us, right?. So we subconsciously look for clues that give us the confidence that we might get those results for the time and money we spend.

We tend to believe that since this guy was voted best golf teacher of the year well then maybe that increases the chances that what they have to teach will work for me. But there is NO DIRECT CORRELATION between those 2 facts.

So then, who is the best golf instructor for you then? YOU!

Nobody knows you as well as YOU do. I’m here to tell you, today…do NOT trust any golf instruction out there as gospel. Including mine!

What you want to do, then, is to take in golf instruction, from me, or anyone else and make decisions as to what you think will work for you…commit to it…AND IGNORE THE REST.

I don’t want you to blindly follow any of my advice. I want you to listen to the logic of what I or anyone else is teaching and test it with what you know about yourself. I can’t tell you how many golfers I’ve talked to who have studied or worked with big name teachers and gotten ZERO results…and then they blame themselves for it and feel ashamed to even admit it while the big name teacher goes around spouting tour names…blah blah blah

TRUST YOURSELF and your intelligence. Be a skeptic and don’t be one of the sheople who idolize the golf media’s pets.

I’m Craig Sigl and your swing is good enough to go low, right now.

The one best golf tip of all time

It isn’t too often that I have such “universal” tips that I think can help everyone. Most golf advice needs to be taken with a grain of salt and decided by the golfer if it’s going to work.
I think you will agree with me on this video, but more importantly, will you do it.
Click the video below to see what I mean

The One Best Golf Tip Of All Time


Do you want to score lower? No really, I mean it because I’ve got a strategy here in this 2-minute video that if you adopt it in your game, your scores WILL go down and you will probably agree with me that it’s true when you hear it. The issue though, is that very few golfers will actually do this even though it’s so easy and here it is:

Every round that you go out there and play, dedicate that round to working on ONE thing that will make the biggest difference in your game. Did you hear me…ONE item that if you ingrain it, will really contribute to your consistency. Most golfers are just flat out, overwhelmed with advice and tips and tactics and all it does is cause tension and ruin their swing.

Instead, as you walk the fairway when you have time for spare thoughts, think about that one thing. When you’re going through your preshot routine with all your focus, bring in that one thing.

This is not only going to help you adopt that one thing into your body’s intelligence, but it will crowd out all of those negative thoughts and voices you normally have running around in your head.

Here’s some ideas to get you started on the ONE thing that can really make a difference for you. How about:

Rythm and tempo
Accept every shot as it is
Play in the present moment, one shot at a time
Easy, calm, and fluid
Slow backswing
Solid foundation
Swing or play within yourself

Are you getting the picture here? We’ve heard all of these types of tips and tactics before, magazines and books are filled with them, but how often do we actually give any attention to any of them out on the course? Very little, I know. If you actually want to lower your scores, take a longer-term approach and work on ONE THING AT A TIME. Think of yourself like the stock market…on any given day you could be up or down but over the long haul, always getting better.
Your swing is good enough.

How To Have More Great Saves

How many times have you gotten angry when finding your ball in a bad lie or in the trees?

Does the anger help you to get out of that rough spot? For most people, it doesn’t. You’ve got remain calm, cool, and confident that your next shot is going to be so brilliant that it makes up for the mistake.

So the solution seems to be to stop being angry about hitting bad shots, right?

Easier said than done you’re probably responding….and I get that.

In the distant past, I threw a few clubs…yep, its true and I’m ashamed to admit it but, it’s a fact. And, I carried my anger with me for a few holes past the one I choked on.

Well, what if you truly didn’t get upset over a bad lie in the bushes? Wouldn’t that increase your odds of being able to get it out of there with a beautiful next shot?

Watch this short video to find out how:



Look at this video behind me here. This is my playing partner and he just hit his shot into the brush missing the green by 30 yards on an approach shot. We actually had a bet riding on this round and of course, like you would expect, he was quite angry with himself for hitting such a bad shot. I decided to videotape it and now just watch the shot he makes.

He ends up putting it 10 ft from the hole, he putts it in and makes par. This ends up being one of the greatest shots of his golf career so far. We still talk about it today.

Think about this for a minute… What if he would have put the ball on the green with his approach and made a 10 foot shot for birdie? Would he remember it today? No, he’s had plenty of birdies in his life and this wouldn’t have been memorable at all. It would have basically disappeared in his mind.

As it was, this became one of his most favorite shots and it burned a sense of “I can make anything” into a part of his brain that he can use for future tough shots.

But even better than that….What if we were to look at all of our difficult shots as opportunities to get this kind of benefit? What if you were to take it a step further and when you do end up in the trees or in a bad spot, you actually look forward to the challenge of creating one of these moments? THIS is the true joy of golf, creating these moments and should be your reason for playing the game!

Well if you did look at tough lies that way, What would happen is that you would dramatically reduce the number one cause of bad shots…tension caused by fear of missing! And you would actually end up making less mistakes as a result.

Don’t you already have a few great saves like this stored in your memory banks that can do this for you? Play your next round dedicating yourself to this attitude and see how being fearless translates into a smoother swing and more greens and fairways.