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Crisis may be too strong a word to use to describe the
current state of the game of golf. But, for sure, in all the years I have
been involved in the game, I have never seen so much worry and anxiety about the
future of the game we love.
Golf Pro’s have had a torrid time, many club memberships are
struggling to be filled and even the great John Jacobs made the comment
recently how he felt the game of golf was at a crossroads in appealling to
the public in the modern world.
In a recent Mind Factor seminar at the wonderful Matfen Hall
in the North East of England, a gentleman asked me how he could be more MOTIVATED to play the game.
The more I thought about that question AFTER the
seminar, the more it occurred to me that with the power of word of mouth we can ALL play a part in getting the game back to the forefront of people’s mind and,
in turn, seeing the game being played once more in the numbers that it so
It is just a few ideas but HERE
are some thoughts in this SHORT
video that could get people back on the course again!!
In a thrilling finish to the RBC Heritage Classic at Harbour Town, Graeme McDowell earned a stunning play of victory over US Open Champion, Webb Simpson. On a final windswept day GMac played almost flawless golf apart from a three putt up the last that allowed Simpson into the play off. The 18th was played again and this time he made no mistake by making a solid par to close the deal. Perhaps the KEY moments were a couple of up and down scrambles on 15 and 17 for par. For the last 6 months, we have been working together on some key aspects of his short game using the tools of the Mind Factor.
In particular, we have been working hard at what we call Three Phase Golf, which will be revealed in my new book soon to be published.
To give you a bit of a sneak preview, here is GMac talking about the book and our work together over the many years.
, do your game a favour by spending just that little bit more time on your short game. You should all by now know the value of Par 18
and the way to practice efficiently. Also work with your own coach on TRAJECTORY
control. Learn how the ball comes off the club in a way you can PREDICT
how the ball can land and release out. Without trajectory control, it is almost impossible to improve your short game. Invest
in some sessions with your Pro on this and your game WILL
be rewarded this summer with lower scores.
I often ask the players I work with ‘how much practice do you do on the GOLF course?’.
The look I generally get is one of ‘why on earth would I do THAT??!! Practice is what I do on the range. Surely I go to the golf course to PLAY golf'.
Yet, this single issue is maybe one of the main reasons why MOST
golfers know the person who goes to the range, they know the person who goes out to play on the golf course and they are NOT
one of the SAME
We are a pretty unique sport in the sense that most of our practice is
done in an environment which has little or no bearing on the actual
game. I would imagine a snooker player does most of his practice on a
snooker table, a tennis player on a court and footballer on a pitch.
Yet, as golfers we spend hour after hour on a range that is about as far
removed from the context of the golf course as it is possible to be.
Remember those two words as you go forward with your game this year, CONTEXT and ENVIRONMENT
. Both of these two factors have a HUGE
on you psychologically. Do you behave the same way in the environment
called a football terrace as you would in the environment called office?
We are shaped enormously by the environment and the context we find ourselves in. Our brain ‘codes
’ these environments and creates templates of how to respond in these specific locations. The context called ‘wedding reception’
brings out a certain type of behaviour that is structured to respond to
the situation the brain is presented with, just as the context called ‘stag party’
brings out an altogether different set of behaviours.
Much of the testing and analysis we do with our golf, such as putting labs and fitting centres, take place in an environment
is very different than the one we play in. This doesn’t mean we can’t
learn very valuable information about our game with these scientific
we must understand they cannot tell the whole
story of how that particular person will respond in the environment of a
golf course and the context of a competition. The more you are exposed
to a particular environment and context, the more your brain will find a
way of dealing with the situation and making the best of it. Yet, if
we continually avoid the situation and hide out in the sanctuary of the
range, then your brain will constantly feel ill at ease on the golf
course. Maybe this year you decide you are going to do things a little
differently and give your brain a chance to adapt to the golf course
environment by actually spending more time there.
You can play some wonderful practice games ON COURSE
that will have a BIG
on your game and you will start to find there is less trepidation in
playing come tournament time. Even the very best players fall into this
trap. On a recent trip to Florida, Graeme McDowell admitted he had
become a little bit too fond of walking out of his villa at Lake Nona
and just bashing golf balls on the range which is right next to his
house. This year marked a new commitment
for him to play more roll-up game with the members to get his brain tuned into ‘match mode
Here are some suggestions as to some ‘games
’ to play on the course that will not only develop your game but are fun to do as well.
- 3 Club Challenge – take just three clubs out with you
and your putter and see how you get on. You will be surprised at how
creative you can become.
- Worst Ball – only when the course is quiet but play
two balls on each hole. You have to select the worst ball all the way
into the hole. This is TOUGH but well worth the effort.
- Iron Off The Tee – play nine holes only hitting an iron off the tee. Again, you will be surprised as to how low you will score.
Just a few examples of the many games I get the players I work with to play. The main aspect is to commit to PLAYING
more so that your brain gets used to the CONTEXT
of golf in the ENVIRONMENT
of the golf course.
With the 2013 golfing season now well underway and as we
witnessed at the weekend, Tiger Woods looks to be close to his very best,
having won the WGC in Miami. The fire in
his belly was once again fiercely burning whilst displaying his characteristic
strength of mental control. He
acknowledged how he’d been working closely with his coach, Sean Foley, to iron
out his more recent swing inconsistencies. The results of such work paid off on Sunday.
The Mind Factor season of evening workshops
are now fully
booked and I am taking great pleasure in introducing many members to a crucial aspect of their game – their mental game.
Many coaches at the clubs I have visited have asked me what else can
to their skills as a technical coach?
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It was terrific to see Phil Mickelson win the Phoenix Open in the early part of the 2013 season and come tantalisingly close to shooting the fabled number 59 in the first round!! His putt to join one of the most elite clubs in golf, spun a full 180 degrees around the hole before the golfing gods shook their heads and said ‘no’
to the 59. It is no wonder Mickelson is so popular with the majority (not all!!) of golfing fans as he plays a swashbuckling game which contains numerous birdies but also with a hefty sprinkle of dropped shots, missed short putts and wild tee shots. Mickelson can seem both indestructible and highly fallible during the course of nine holes, let alone a seventy two hole tournament. Something most of us who play the game relate to very easily. Shooting the fabled 59 has fascinated tour players and the public alike for many years. In all of the thousands of rounds to have been played on the PGA Tour over the years, it has only been achieved 5 times and the European Tour is STILL
waiting for its first ‘Mister 59’
. I remember one of my former clients, Phil Archer having a putt on the last green to stay tantalisingly high of the hole at Celtic Manor in the Wales Open and he had to ‘settle’ for a 60. One man who didn’t have to settle for a 60 was Al Geiburger who shot 59 at Memphis in 1977 and held the record on his own for 14 years until it was equalled by Chip Beck in 1991 in Las Vegas.
It is interesting for me from the perspective of the mind that in golf we didn’t really get the Bannister effect which occurred with the 4 minute mile in athletics whereby once the ‘impossible’
had been achieved, numerous other athletes broke the iconic sub four barrier. I am not sure of the answer to that puzzle other than the fact a golfer does have a LOT
of time during a round to consider the possibility of shooting very low and you now have a situation with modern technology and camera work that, if a player looks like he is going to possibly break 60, the whole world will know about it long before the final putt is holed.
It takes an extraordinary strength of mind to stay ‘on task’
and not get drawn into score thinking with the whole world metaphorically breathing down your neck. But, Al Geiburger DID
manage to do it all those years ago. One of the things Geiburger was famed for, apart from the 59, was the tempo in his swing. He had a wonderfully graceful motion which spawned a coaching programme called ‘Sybervision’ whereby you, as the golfer, was instructed to watch the beautiful flowing Geiburger swing on a series of videos from all angles. The swing sequence played alongside some soothing music to allow your brain to soak up the flowing grace he possessed. This was well before the scientific community reinforced the notion that ‘mental rehearsal’
could be a powerful adjunct to training yourself to improve movement skills in sport. For me, I think every golfer can benefit from being aware of the tempo in his or her swing. It is a non-technical frame of reference that doesn’t have you thinking about the individual pieces of your swing but has you much more focused on the whole movement.
A great exercise I have used over the years for players is to get them to ‘trap’ their own ideal tempo. In effect, what you do on the range is :
- hit a couple of balls as HARD as you possibly can. Literally hit the thing so hard you fall off your feet.
- On a scale, this is now your reference of 10 on a 1 to 10 scale.
- Now, do a super super slow swing which seems to take forever. This will be your marker of 1 on that scale.
- Now hit some shots and ‘call out’ where you think your tempo is within those two extremes.
Your brain now has a comparative to work with and you will find very quickly you start to find YOUR tempo. It may be a 6 or it may be an 8, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you have something to work with other than ‘slow down’.
You may not end up with a swing as silky as Al Geiburger but as the
great Arnold Palmer used to say ‘a good tempo can cover up a LOT of swing flaws’.
It is a way of getting the best out of your own personal swing! I think this would make a very interesting topic for us to touch on during my 5 Shots Lower WITHOUT Changing Your Swing evening workshops. There are very few dates now left. Make sure your Pro brings The Mind Factor to your club for an enjoyable evening of learning INSTANTLY EFFECTIVE and PRACTICAL tools and techniques NOW!! Suitable for ALL levels of golfers - and we will have a laugh along the way!!
One of the things I have heard over the years is ‘our members wouldn’t be interested in that mind stuff’ or ‘that is only for good players'. In fact, my own personal experience is a LOT of golfers are VERY curious about learning HOW they could improve their game in perhaps a slightly different way.
You will, of course, always need to work on your swing to improve your game but there ARE a number of SIMPLE yet EFFECTIVE ideas you can begin to work on INSTANTLY to improve your golf.
I have been very fortunate over the years to present my 'Five Shots Lower WITHOUT Changing Your Swing' workshop to golf clubs all over Europe and it is still something I love to do to share some of the tools and techniques which have successfully been used by some of the world’s best players.
At the moment, the snow is thick on the ground here in the UK but it is time to PLAN
ahead for the coming season. Golf clubs need to be busy, we need to promote enjoyment and learning and to do that, golfers need to be INVOLVED
with the club and interacting both on and off the course. We only need to look at the high street to see too many businesses going to the wall because there hasn’t been enough people walking through the door.
It may not be a Mind Factor evening you have at your club but we all need to look at HOW
we can get more people involved in the game, enjoying it and participating. The number of people we see at the golf club come March will be a direct result not only of the weather but of the activity you do NOW
to get people back to the club.
to one Pro's enthusiastic reaction to hosting a workshop and read how the PGA believe these workshops are a "great example of the impact that PGA members can have at their clubs".
If you are interested in hosting a Mind Factor 5 Shots Lower evening, I have a limited number of slots left for this year.
Happy New Year to you all and here is hoping 2013
brings you a year to be proud of.
Certainly, 2012 produced some outstanding moments like the
Ryder Cup and Rory’s ascent to World Number One capturing his second Major.
I have often thought over the years when I see great players
winning tournaments how we focus a little bit too much on what they did that
particular week. We analyse their putting stats and their ‘up and downs’,
fairways hit etc and we often say they were ‘in the zone’ or whatever
clichéd phrase comes to mind. Yet, the win undoubtedly is a CULMINATION of ENOUGH days doing the RIGHT things for the individual concerned. It is an
accumulation of FOCUSED effort. If you put enough GOOD days together, you WILL be rewarded by improved performance. The stunning results of the British
Cycling Team over the past few years have been put down to Dave Brailsford’s
now famous ‘Aggregation of Marginal Gains’. How enough small things done well
add up to greatness.
At this time of year with Christmas just gone and the
potential greyness of January, it is VERY easy to just curl up and do VERY little.
That said, though, we can either sit and moan about the
weather or look at the coming months as a great opportunity to develop our game
and put some work in which could result in a great year next year.
I think the first thing to do though is to look back and
review the year just gone in an honest and productive way. Look back for the
patterns because I PROMISE you, they will be there! Most golfers tell me they
want to be consistent without realising they already are. It may be
consistently bad but they will be consistent! Review the year and look at how
you started your rounds of golf. Did you tend to start well then fade away
or have poor starts with a comeback? What about certain holes, certain shots?
Did you tend to get anxious with a possible score to shoot? Did getting angry,
upset or distracted cost you a lot of shots? Did you control the ball
reasonably well but you just didn’t control yourself?
It would be well worth sitting down with someone who you
played a lot of golf with to get their input. Often what we think we do and
what we actually do are two completely different things.
Above all, I would say the best investment you could make
would be to go to a good quality PGA professional and sit down with him or her
and make a PLAN of how you can take your game forward. Make sure you select
a coach who covers all aspects of the game not just the full swing. Get
involved with a coach who will motivate you and give you a definite practice
plan to act on during the winter months. If you have to make some changes to
your swing, then NOW is the time to do it. Don’t wait until next year just
before the season starts and then HOPE you can suddenly improve your
action. It takes time and effort but it will be worth it in the long run. If
you are going to set out on a programme of improvement, then try to enlist
someone else with you who can be your ‘range buddy’. The research on this is
very strong in the sense that when we ‘share’ a goal with others and involve
them, we are MUCH more likely to stay on track.
Even in the absolute worst of weather, working on your game INDOORS can be of great benefit. If you are trying to improve your putting
stroke or your swing in the normal way, you can have conflicting goals in the
sense you want to hole the putt but at the same time change your action. This
can often be counterproductive. When indoors you can temporarily remove the
target from the equation and focus on the physical move that you want to
ingrain. Do this in short but regular bursts of attention.
The research on visualisation and imagery also suggest to us we can enlist the power of our imagination to speed up the process of
making changes in our golf game. It has long been established it is useful
to visualise yourself making the moves in your swing that you want to change
but I have also found it very useful to get players to visualise themselves BEHAVING differently out on the course. If you are an angry golfer, spend some
time in your imagination seeing and sensing yourself responding better to
dropped shots and mistakes. If you get nervous, then spend some time in your
mind’s eye seeing yourself dealing with what you perceive to be pressure
situations. This is creating a behaviour template that your brain can go to
Above all else, see the winter as an opportunity to do
something with your game as opposed to letting the months drift by and do
Have a Very Happy New Year and keep me informed of your
I just wanted to take a moment to wish each of you a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. Thank you for all your support and encouragement during 2012.
We continue to live in challenging times and far too many people want to tell us what we CAN’T do as opposed to what is POSSIBLE.
There are some terrific resources out there and, I for one, continue to be fascinated by this piece of machinery we all have sat between our ears.
It is the most wonderful, complicated, frustrating yet amazing piece of machinery on the planet. We have all got one, we all have one that is imperfect and has its flaws but each one of us possess a brain which is far more powerful than we can ever imagine.
We can harness that amazing power by being willing to challenge it, test it and ultimately face the fire of discomfort it often brings in the face of the unfamiliar.
But it IS
our greatest asset.
We can help it by sharing with others good information, by being open to opportunity and being able to say we got it wrong and sometimes change course.
Let’s keep being fascinated by what we CAN do as opposed to what we CANNOT do in 2013!!
Have a happy, healthy and wonderful time over the holidays.
For those of you who have known me for a long time and have heard some of the concepts of The MIND FACTOR,
then you will know the importance I place on EFFECTIVE PRACTICE
The game of golf is fairly unique in so much we spend an inordinate
amount of time practicing in an environment (the range) that bears
relation to the environment on which we
play (the course). That doesn’t mean for one minute we shouldn’t develop
good swing skills on the range but golf is a RANDOM
game where each shot has a CONSEQUENCE
ball after ball from one spot doesn’t replicate the challenge golf
provides. Even the very best players can fall foul of what I call the
‘practice addiction’ where you stand on a range bashing balls and FEELING
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spent a week with Graeme McDowell recently at Lake Nona and he admitted
to me he had found it a little too easy recently to spend aimless time
hitting balls on the range. Throughout the 9 years I have known G Mac we
have always worked a lot on EFFECTIVE PRACTICE
even a US Open winner was man enough to admit his habits and patterns
had slipped. During that particular week at Nona we did a lot of work on
the short game. You can watch this video here
of one of the drills we
worked on which I will talk about in greater depth in the next
Though we did make a firm commitment to getting back to the CROWN JEWEL
of practice drills Par 18. Where you play 9 different shots from
differing locations around the green, each one being a par 2 and you SCORE
outcome. Graeme has Ken his caddie set these tasks out on the course
when they play practice rounds. It is a practice game which SIMULATES
game. You begin to gain confidence in your short game based on EVIDENCE
as opposed to just a FEELING
Mac set to work on this and it was terrific to see the work bear fruit
as he captured his first title since 2010 by winning the World Challenge
in California. In the final, round he managed to hold off a star
studded chasing pack, in particular the incredibly tenacious Keegan
Bradley. Two shots were absolutely PIVOTAL
to the win in the final round.
After a poor opening tee shot G Mac had to get up and down from the side of the green to prevent a potential TWO
swing to Bradley on the first hole. He managed this and then coming
down the par 3 seventeenth he still held a fragile two shot lead and he
pushed a short iron slightly to the right of the green. Faced with a bad
lie and a VERY
tricky downhill pitch he played a GLORIOUS
pitching on the fringe and then releasing out to hang tantalisingly on
the edge of the hole. Par was secured and the two shot lead with two to
play was now a more comfortable two with one to play. A stunning 7 iron
to 7 feet on the tricky last hole and a smooth birdie sealed a THREE
shot win. The up and down at the beginning and then end kept momentum
Every golfer at every level can transform their scoring by improving this area.
When you practice in a way that SIMULATES
game, you give yourself a chance when you find yourself in the REAL
situation out on the course. This takes commitment and application but I
absolutely guarantee that practicing better will improve your MIND FACTOR
and your score.
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In all the 25 years I have been involved in professional golf, I can
honestly say I have never seen anything quite so compelling and dramatic
as the recent Ryder Cup at Medinah. When Martin Kaymer rolled that
first putt 7 feet past the hole on the final green, needing a two putt
to retain the cup, I could barely take any more!
I am sure you
all felt the same as that never to be forgotten Sunday reached its epic
conclusion. The golf and the emotion combined to make viewing absolutely
compelling. In the aftermath of the event though, I found a quote from
one of the heroes of Sunday afternoon, Justin Rose, to be both
interesting and revealing in terms of how we ALL play golf.
Rose said: "That is what I have begun to realize. In this game, you
don’t have to be completely in control of your body as long as you are
completely in control of your MIND
Rose is saying your golf swing can be less than perfect but if you think
well, then you will be a formidable opponent. What Rose said is
backed up by science because even though we see a ‘consistent swing’
as being the holy grail of golf, it seems our brain will never quite let us get there.
Recent research posted in the Journal Neuron centred around a study in ‘consistency of human movement
’ by electrical engineers at Stanford University.
main reason you can't move the same way each and every time, such as
swinging a golf club, is that your brain can't plan the swing the same
way each time," says electrical engineering assistant Professor Krishna
Shenoy, whose research includes study of movement control. He,
postdoctoral researcher, Mark Churchland and electrical engineering
doctoral candidate and medical student Afsheen Afshar authored the
It's as if each time the brain tries to solve the problem
of planning how to move, it does it anew, Churchland says. Practice and
training can help the brain solve the problem more capably, but people
and other primates simply aren't wired for consistency
like computers or machines. Instead, people seem to be improvisers by default.
In effect, the scientists are telling us what we already know to be true but don’t like to admit. We will never ‘get
the golf swing. It will always come and go to a certain degree because
of the way that our brain works. Yesterday, we had the ball on a string
but today it feels like a different game.
Just Rose obviously
senses this to some degree to make the quote he did and I for one see it
as an opportunity rather than an impediment. We can see the fact our
swing will always be somewhat inconsistent
to reinforce the need we all have to think well on the course. We need to have a mindset of what I call ‘DEAL WITH
When you play, you need to make a commitment that whatever the game
throws at you out on the course, you will deal with it, move on and play
the next shot. It is a simple thing to say but much harder to achieve
but those golfers who do commit to this, get much closer to their true
potential. They learn how to control themselves as well as trying to
control the ball. They FIND
a way to get the ball
around the course in the lowest number of shots that day. It doesn’t
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keep refining our skills and shotmaking. But, if you think you will
someday find a magic move or swing secret which will take all of your
troubles away and stop you hitting bad shots, then I am afraid your
brain has literally got other ideas for you.
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those days when you don’t have you’re A game with you but you dig in,
think well, control your emotions well, make some good decisions and get
the ball in the hole. Fully commit to this and you will become a very
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I was recently in the USA with Graeme McDowell as he had become concerned about his pre and post shot routines. He simply said to me ‘my routines have got a little wishy washy and need sharpening up’.
When you hear the word "ROUTINE
" what does it conjure up in your mind?
Does it seem exciting and appealing or somewhat dull?
Same old routine, it’s just part of my routine.
It may seem we perceive a ROUTINE as being something of a drag to do.
What about the word "RITUAL"?
Does that strike a slightly different chord in your minds eye? It is our secret RITUAL, it is something of a sacred ritual. Maybe a slightly different mental picture emerges by the use of a single word.
One thing we know for certain is our mind likes to be absorbed in pleasurable RITUALS or ROUTINES
. We go through our day and each and every one is littered with routines our brain has established to create a sense of certainty and familiarity in a world of chaos.
Our brain tries to create comfort and security by establishing known PATTERNS and HABITS
that give us the calmness of predictability. I often look at all the adverts for nicotine replacement therapy for people attempting to give up smoking yet the actual efficacy of these products is pretty low because the smoker is craving two things, one is the nicotine but the other is the RITUAL and ROUTINE
attached to smoking. Go to any city and walk past office buildings and you will see groups of people stood outside the building having a ‘fag break’ and engaging in conversation with each other and uniting in their joint ritual of smoking. The brain just LOVES
these rituals and finds it very hard to give them up despite the logic behind the health reasons to do so. The craving for familiarity and security is incredibly strong. In the main, when we follow a routine we feel pretty calm and we have a sense that ‘things will be ok’.
- What has this got to do with your golf?
Well, for me EVERY
golf shot has THREE
phases to it. The pre-swing phase, the swing phase and the post-shot phase. The outcome of EVERY
shot you EVER
play will be determined by these three phases. Yet, the golf industry only ever looks at ONE
of those phases, the shot phase. Leaving out a HUGE
slice of the mental and physical action. Watch any tournament broadcast on TV and the pattern is always the same. Golfer hits poor shot, the ball goes way left or right and the ‘expert’ then focuses on what the player ‘did’ in the swing that was different from the previous shots. He came too far from the inside on that one or over the top on this one. This MISLEADS
all of us into thinking the only thing that changes from shot to shot is the mechanics of the swing. The phase before the shot is never looked at and the phase after the previous shot is NEVER
But, just imagine if a player missed a short putt on the previous green and explodes with rage in his post-shot phase. Screams and shouts and gets various chemicals coursing through his body and then steps on to the tee on the next hole, a tight and dangerous par three. Do you think his reaction and routine to end the last shot MAY
have some bearing on the outcome of THIS
shot? Of course it does but we NEVER
look there for the reason why we have hit just such a poor shot in this moment in time. We like explanations for everything and to explain a poor shot in terms of mechanics is the easy way to explain the chaos. I am not for one minute saying swing mechanics don’t affect golf shots, of course they do but it is NOT
the whole picture. Yet, when you begin to look at the THREE
phases, you will see patterns which will give YOU
, as an individual, the opportunity to work at and become the best player you can possibly be.
Just consider for a moment what you do BEFORE you hit the ball in that 40 second sanctuary of the pre-shot routine is 100% down to you and under your control. The bit in the middle when you hit the shot unfortunately will always come and go a little due to the fact our brain is not wired to fix movement in a totally consistent way time and time again. (has ANYONE in the history of the game got to the point where they NEVER hit a bad shot?). The phase after the shot is yours and yours alone to determine HOW your react to the shot you have just hit. Phase one and phase three COULD be really consistent which is the good news if we choose to work on them and build a ROUTINE or RITUAL that stands up under any situation.
Have a think how you personally could improve these areas. I don’t mean you shouldn’t work on improving your swing, of course you should, but see through the illusion that this is the ONLY thing going on when you play golf.
Can you remember your first putter? The one as a kid you used to great effect on those glorious summer days when you played hole after hole in the holidays and it seemed like putting was the easiest thing in the world.
What COULD be difficult about rolling a ball into a hole? Just look at it, aim and then let the thing make its way into the cup. Putting was the ‘easy’ part of the game and the real work was learning how to hit it further off the tee and control the direction the ball went.
It is almost a ‘universal’ statement of truth to say that MOST golfers were better putters when they were younger than they are now. Not all, but most! The history of the game is littered with great players who became better and better ball strikers but then suffered more and more on the greens. Ben Hogan being the supreme example and towards the end of his playing days Nick Faldo was still a machine from tee to green but started to struggle more and more with the short stick.
Because the technology available to analyse your stroke and the motion of the ball is light years away from what it was twenty years ago. Putters themselves can now cost anything up to £300 for the research and development contained within them. An astronomical figure when I think back to what I thought was a king’s ransom to pay £40 for a Ping Anser when I first thought that I could ‘buy’ more putts. Yet, with all this technology and analysis, are we actually putting any better? Have the advances in information been matched with the advances in results?
Make no mistake I firmly believe that holing putts on a regular basis is FAR
easier with a good stroke than a bad stroke and if you can get a putter totally matched to you and your personal style and it fits you like the proverbial glove then this can only be a good thing. However, I am certain to be a truly great and, more importantly, an EFFECTIVE
putter, is about blending BOTH
the art and science of the game.
There is a tremendous science to be looked at BEFORE
you play in terms of your stroke and your equipment but when you get out on to the course, putting becomes much more of an art. You find a way of making that ball go into the hole. I remember once reading how one of the greatest putters of all time, the late Seve Ballesteros, felt he either ‘hooked’ or ‘cut’ every putt into the hole. The scientists would tell us this was not possible and wasn’t what Seve actually ‘did’, but that is what he FELT
he did and the fact he felt he was shaping the ball in to the hole tells me his ATTENTION
was very much on the hole and how to get the ball into the hole as opposed to the mechanics of his stroke. I remember working with Darren Clarke just before he went off to play in a World Golf Championship in Akron USA and on a beautiful autumn morning down at Queenwood in Surrey. We started to play around with the idea of seeing a vivid RED
line tracking from the ball into the hole on all putts. He holed everything that week and held off a charging world number in Tiger Woods to win. I still have the text from Darren to this day simply saying ‘Red line Working’!
Research by Dr Debbie Crews at Arizona State has suggested that putters who perform well under pressure tend to be employing vivid mental images similar to the red line, whilst poor putters tend to using analytical and mechanical thoughts about the stroke. The poor putters are engaging the left hemisphere of the brain which favours verbal and analytical thoughts, whilst the good putters are more in tune with the right brain which is more instinctive and reactive but responds well to vivid images as opposed to verbal instructions.
To get the balance of art and science right is not easy because if you tend to spend a lot of your practice time thinking about your stroke and your mechanics, then guess what you will take out onto the course? My advice would be to spend a good portion of the winter doing some really good work on your technique, go to a putting coach, have your technique analysed but then come the summer months you need to tune in to the target more, tune in to and fall in love with the idea of seeing and feeling the ball go into the hole. Do a lot of practice involving just ONE
ball and simulate the conditions of the game itself. Surely, your preparation should be with the aim of at some point being able to LET GO
and just focus on getting the ball in the hole? Above all, make a commitment to enjoy the opportunity that awaits you as you walk onto a green. It is not a case of positive thinking or telling yourself the ball will go in the hole but the mindset of possible. It may well not be possible you can carry the ball 300yards off the tee but it IS
possible that you could roll this 10 foot putt in the hole IF
you focus a bit more on the target and a bit less on how you are going to send it there.
Hopefully, many of you will be able to attend The Open in a couple of weeks at the magnificent links of Royal Lytham Golf Club. It is one of my ALL time favourite golf courses and a true test of SHOTMAKING.
The season is about at the HALF way stage but it can still be a great OPPORTUNITY to work on your game. The work on your swing should be DONE now and it is about MAXIMISING what you have a developing a MINDSET which allows you to get the best out of your game. The time we spend in the car can be a total WASTE of time or it can be a time to DEVELOP key MIND FACTOR strategies to get the best out of the rest of the season.
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The NINE thinking sins that ruin your game and how to avoid them.
It is great to bring to you a BRAND NEW
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I am absolutely CONVINCED this information you will INSTANTLY be able to apply to your game, whatever the level you CURRENTLY play at, in a way which can TRANSFORM your experience on the golf course.
Some of the concepts you will hear on this programme will seem counterintuitive BUT you WILL be glad to find how surprisingly easy it is to integrate into your game.
To make a difference to the QUALITY of your experience.
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Pretty much all of what you will hear on this programme is a result of the tireless work and research of OTHER people who have spent their lives trying to better understand how our brain works both FOR and AGAINST us. Experts in the world of sports psychology, social psychology and neuroscience.
Hopefully, this programme distils that research into a PRACTICAL and APPLICABLE programme for YOU to use.
The really exciting thing from the world of neuroscience is that we are becoming a LOT more aware of HOW our brain actually functions and HOW we often get in our own way on the golf course and for that matter in the rest of life as well.
You will notice during this programme how you will find re occurring themes.
If you have worked with some of the MIND FACTOR products in the past, you will recognise the importance of some of these themes.
I can promise you these themes re-occur for ONE reason in so much as they WORK and they are backed up by scientific research. And, I think you would also agree, we all sometimes need to hear the same message a few different times and in a few different ways to make the information become actual behaviour.
The VALUE of information only becomes realised when that information turns into ACTUAL behaviour.
Many golf improvement programmes which are on the market tend to focus on what you need to do to CHANGE things. What you need to START doing. Things like visualisation and believing in yourself, most of the stuff you have probably heard before and possibly had limited success with.
In fact, in my own coaching, I often believed the key to improvement was to always add something new into what a player did. This certainly can work but the more I am involved in golf coaching, the more I think good mental skills are often about taking things out and reducing the amount of thoughts you have in a round of golf.
Over and over again, working with some of the best players in the world, it seems a ‘quiet mind’ a ‘calm mind’ or a ‘still mind’ is the real key to success in this game.
It is often the absence of thinking which is the key and the ability to just draw your attention to the really important areas which matter to your game.
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It is also amazing how human beings tend to keep doing things over and over again, even though they DON’T work.
I have often talked in the past about the familiarity trap.
The overriding hard wired desire for life to be comfortable and familiar.
We keep doing things in spite of these actions being counterproductive. I would go as far as to say the drive for familiarity is one of THE strongest of all human drivers.
Time and time again, I have been amazed to see people going down the SAME path, over and over again with little or no reward.
The path doesn’t work but it IS familiar.
We will go into much detail during MIND TRAPS of HOW to break these chains which are holding you back.
There is nothing inherently wrong or evil about wanting to keep doing the same things because they FEEL comfortable. If you want to have a stress free existence, then keep doing it. BUT, if you want to be the very best that you can be, then you DO need to challenge and shock your brain into doing something different.
Your brain may rebel or resist but.....
As this LATEST programme will reveal, this will probably mean avoiding or stopping doing something you have done for a long time.
I will be asking you to challenge some of your own ‘sacred cows’, things you THINK are good for you but perhaps when you really look at it, are getting in your way in your quest to be a better player.
Once you own this programme, you will have a ROUTE MAP to get the best out of yourself and your game but, MORE importantly, you will have the chance to step back and CHANGE some of the destructive and limiting behaviours which have held your progress back in the past. The very WORST feeling is to look back with REGRET at NOT doing the things that you NEEDED to do but you AVOIDED. I am guessing that as you are reading this, you would not want to be one of those people?
You will learn:
CD One 1
Track one Introduction
• The 9 thinking sins
• Less rather than more
• The science of EFFECTIVE thinking
• What DOESN’T work
• Understanding your own brain
• Useful or Not Useful?
Track TwoThe First Thinking Sin – Practicing Badly
• The harder I practice – the worse it gets!
• 10,000 Hours or NOT?
• WHY do we practice?
• Quality not Quantity
• Random game – Random practice
• The ‘Crown Jewels’ of practice
Track three The Second Thinking Sin - Perspective
• A puzzle to WHY we are so scared
• It isn’t WAR
• Inappropriate Fear
• Amygdala on RED alert
• How to CALM your fearful brain
• Immunizing yourself from FEAR
Track Four The Third Thinking Sin – Over or Under Par
• How you have been CONDITIONED
• Loss Aversion – The Hidden Saboteur
• Pain more than Pleasure
• A way out of the trap
• A series of SEPARATE tasks
• Playing a DIFFERENT game
Track Five The Fourth Thinking Sin – ‘Trying’ to be Positive
• The dangers of POSITIVITY
• It is just MORE thinking
• No more PREDICTIONS
• Facts set you FREE
• Controlling your inners self
• The magic of NEUTRAL
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Track One The Fifth Thinking Sin – Concentration
• Just Concentrate
• Wrong time – Wrong Place
• Attention – not concentration
• What is my ATTENTION on?
• Switching off
• Getting back to your senses
Track Two The Sixth Thinking Sin - Perfectionism
• The dangers of Perfectionism
• Good and Bad Perfectionism
• How to NEVER be happy
• The constants and the variable
• Your CURRENT game
• Hogan and Perfectionism
Track Three The Seventh Thinking Sin – Playing for Others
• Who do you play for?
• What is your golfing PERSONALITY?
• The dangers of ‘other thinking’
• Mr Process – a great way to play
• Having fun again
• The ULTIMATE prize
Track Four The Eighth Thinking Sin – Trying too Hard
• You can’t MAKE birdies
• How does TRYING feel?
• Trying and Tension
• Controlling your state
• A scale for the brain to work with
• The FREEDOM to PLAY
Track Five The Ninth Thinking Sin – Enjoying the Status Quo
• The strange HUMAN
• Wired for FAMILIARITY
• The FEAR of the Unknown
• The joy of CURIOSITY
• Developing your game
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I have to say, it is a long time since I was so eager to receive a book in the post as I was when I knew the book written by Hank Haney called ‘The Big Miss’
was about to drop on my doorstep. The book is an ‘inside view’ on the life of being the golf coach of Tiger Woods.
Haney spent over six years in that role before the two of them went their separate ways and split in the most acrimonious of fashion. There have been many views expressed by the golfing press as to whether Haney should or shouldn’t have written the book. He had broken that unwritten rule of client confidentiality in going public on his insights of their time together. That aside, I have to say that as a typically nosey individual, I have found the book fascinating as we really know so little about the most famous sportsman let alone golfer of the past ten years.
This iconic, seemingly untouchable figure, who suffered the most prolific and public fall from grace possibly that there has ever been. It is very clear from the pages of the book what we thought about Tiger, the image created and engineered and the actual REALITY
are two very different things. It is apparent from Haney’s words that we have an individual in Woods who is immensely complex and difficult to handle whilst at the same time someone who has forever changed the way that golf is played and, more importantly, HOW
top class golfers go about the process of becoming the best player they can be.
Make no mistake, golf is a different game now at the top level in no small way because of what Tiger achieved. But rather than go into too much of the curtain twitching detail of Tigers personality, I want to focus on what Haney revealed about how Tiger practiced his game when he was winning Major after Major and his insights for me are immensely useful for all of us trying to play our own better game of golf.
Haney reveals that Tiger seldom hit more than 25 balls in a row on the range. He would hit the balls and then move away from his station and sit in his golf cart and stare silently out into the distance. When asked what he was doing he would simply say ‘ I am just thinking about what we just did’. For me this was a terrific insight and is totally compatible from a brain and learning perspective. Clearly, Tiger understood the need for there to be a QUALITY of ATTENTION to what he was doing as opposed to just mindlessly bashing golf balls. He understood how the brain needs time to consolidate learning. The idea we can just stand on a range hitting ball after ball in the hope it will somehow create ‘muscle memory’ is, for many golfers, a dangerous route to go down. We can hit lots of balls yes, but not all in one go! Give your brain a chance. Change location, change the task, change your focus because very little learning and consolidation will take place in the face of monotony.
Woods also played a game called the 9 shot drill. A game whereby you have a grid of nine shots which pretty much cover the spectrum of ball flight in golf. If you have Fade, Straight and Draw in terms of shape and then High, Neutral and Low in terms of trajectory then you have 9 possible options of ball flight. Tiger would play this game of trying to hit all of the different ball flights. For me, this is one of the most beneficial drills a player can do because it takes your attention away from too much technical thinking about positions and gets you to instinctively shape the ball because your mind is focused on the task as opposed to how you are going to achieve the task. This drill also keeps the swing in balance because when a swing gets out of kilter there will be too much shape on the ball either right or left. The great Sam Snead obviously had similar ideas because apparently when he was asked how he stopped hooking the ball he simply said that ‘I go the range and slice it for a while!’ This is a terrific drill which I have used with players over the years that has enormous benefits in the long term. Work at this consistently and your ball control with come on in leaps and bounds.
Overall, I would say the intention behind ‘The Big Miss’ is open to question but for anyone fascinated by this flawed genius called Tiger Woods, then it is a riveting good read.
It just goes to show the vital importance of EFFECTIVE PRACTICE and, with that in mind, there is a TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY for Mind Factor subscribers.
I have been involved with some of the development of a fabulous practice tool developed in Northern Ireland called GRIP
which I am convinced can be a MAJOR
benefit to you game.
Great Masters win by Bubba and amazing display of composure and calmness by Louis Oosthuizen under Major pressure. What can you take from this?
It was great to see Mind Factor clients Michael Hoey and Tandi Cunningham have such great weeks last week on their respective tours. Michael Hoey won his third European title since beginning the Mind Factor Gold Package
last year and Tandi Cunningham tied joint 2nd on the Ladies European Tour less than 12 months after commencing her own 1-2-1
With both these players, we have worked extensively on understanding and, more importantly, applying a STATEGIC PROCESS
permitting their mind to be focused and absorbed in a way which ALLOWS
them to be able to express their true capability as a golfer.
So often, the ONLY thing we look at with a golfer who is underachieving, is the technique of HOW they swing a golf club yet this is only a small piece of the overall puzzle. It is a very important piece no doubt, but if we only view the external output called golf swing, then we are only coaching what is often an effect rather than a CAUSE.
Hidden factors so often affect the execution of the swing.
As I have mentioned before, I have become increasingly fascinated by the factors of ENVIRONMENT and CONTEXT.
Which environment does the player experience on a DAILY basis?
Who is that person interacting with regularly?
What CONTEXT do they practice in?
What context do they CREATE on the golf course?
These ‘hidden factors’ WILL play a part for all of us in the success or failure of our golf, not to mention the rest of our lives.
I remember hearing Tony Robbins say many years ago that you ‘will become by and large what those around you EXPECT you to become’. When I heard that for the first time, I was convinced he was talking nonsense. How can other people determine so much of the outcome of our lives? Well, I am pretty sure now that he was right. It doesn’t mean we have no ability to self-determine the outcome of our life, but we DO need to ask ourselves some challenging questions about those people who surround us depending on what we REALLY want to do and achieve in our life.
Consider this stunning research by Dr Rose McDermott of Browns University, Rhode Island in a study conducted with over 12,000 Americans from 1948 in the New England area. She found that if a friend or close colleague got divorced then YOUR chances of getting divorced increased by 75%. Seventy five percent! Even the split of a friend of a friend increases YOUR chances by 33%. One third.Logically, you would have to say this doesn’t make sense, does it? We are all strong minded individuals in control of our own destiny and there is no way a friend getting divorced would influence you to COPY such a momentous decision.
Well, the research is saying OH YES it WOULD!!!
So, we do need to look perhaps a little further under the surface than just the appearance and motion of a golf swing if we are going to look at the ‘whole picture’. Yet, doesn’t this just make the whole thing even more fascinating?
As a suggestion, it may be worth looking at these questions. Give yourself a little bit of time to answer them. Prepare to feel a tiny bit uncomfortable but know that you are looking at some issues which may well be the absolute making of you. Make sure you answer the questions for YOURSELF. It is YOUR game and YOUR life!
What do I REALLY want from my golf?
What else do I really want?
Who do I spend most of my time with? (list the people)
What do they expect of me?
Do these people GIVE or TAKE energy from me?
What environment do I spend the most time in?
How supportive is that environment?
What environment do I NEED to be in?
Who else do I need to be around?
What CONTEXT do I practice in?
How relevant is that context to golf?
What context do I create on the golf course? (is it a context of fear or fun?)
Hopefully, going through these questions will give you some interesting thoughts about the DIRECTION of your future.
For the 3rd year, another fabulous 3 days in Cascais with Golfferienkurse.ch and their delightful guests from Switzerland. An exclusive group with the drive to better their own Mind Factor!! Superbly organised by Iain Donnelly and Andrew Booth.
WHY IS IRISH GOLF SO GOOD??
I wonder what odds you would have got 10 years ago if you wanted to place a bet on a relatively small country like Ireland producing a World Number 1 and having a combined collection of SIX Major wins? It would have been a brave punter to stake much cash on such an incredible achievement!!
Padraig Harrington wins two British Opens and then a USPGA, Graeme McDowell wins a US Open to become the first European for forty years to hold the title; Darren Clarke plays flawless golf on a wind lashed St Georges to become Open Champion and Rory McIllroy completes the sweep by blasting the field away in the US Open to follow GMac and then begin his ascent to the summit of world golf and the title of the ‘World Number One’. You have to look at this catalogue of events and ask ‘what is going on in Ireland?’.
Looking at this fascinating scenario, you need to be careful of what psychologists call ‘fundamental attribution error’ which is an academic way of saying be careful as to what STORY you come up with as to why something has happened. However, I personally can’t help but wonder and speculate myself as to what ARE some of the underlying factors that could perhaps explain or a least shed some light on what has happened these past ten years.
I have been fortunate myself to spend a lot of time in Ireland over the last decade and work with a number of these players, having the opportunity to observe certain aspects of Irish golf at first hand. One of the things which always strikes me over in Ireland is how much the Irish LOVE their sport and how much they tend to admire people who do well. There does seem to be a GENUINE desire from the public to see their heroes do well and I know for a fact the support golfers get from the public is incredible. There doesn’t seem to be quite the corrosive element of build your stars up to knock them down again which some cultures seem to revel in. The game at grass roots is fascinating also in so much as you see the passion to play in Inter Club cups and competitons. To play for your club MEANS something and the desire to play in a very competitive but friendly environment is obvious. The game is both seriously competitive and social at the same time.
I have often talked in the past about the need to play different courses and put yourself into different contexts to give your brain a new puzzle to solve. Playing golf on other courses with other people in other situations is BRAIN COMPATABLE to learning and growing as a golfer. Playing on the same course with the same fourball all the time, round after round, is probably not the best way to develop your game.
As curious as it may seem, in a paradoxical way that many of my friends who live in Ireland may challenge me on, I think the climate and the conditions in Ireland actually HELP to develop great players in their early years.
As anyone who has ever been over there would know, you don’t get that many days that are 80 degress in the shade and flat calm! Most of the time, the conditions are challenging, no, most of the time the conditions are VERY challenging!
Yet, you have to learn how to PLAY and to DEAL with poor weather and tough conditions. You have to learn how to control the flight of your golf ball, you have to learn how to ‘get it round’. I am not suggesting for one minute that playing in bad weather ALL the time is good for your game BUT in your early formative years as a golfer when things are made difficult it is amazing how humans respond to the challenge. We find a way. We work out how to do it.
These golfers have found a way to play and score on a variety of tough courses and in tough conditions. They may not have to do that now as they follow the sun on various tours but in their very earliest years they did!
I do think that the coaching the GUI
has provided over the years has played a big part in these Major victories. I have enormous respect for the Head Coach, Neil Manchip and the way he allows players to explore, play and develop without having a ridiculous one way fits all systemwhich I have seen destroy some young players. When I spoke to Neil recently, he told me how he had just had a group of young players go out on the course with only three clubs and he had them try to figure out with these limited resources HOW
to get the ball into the hole with different shots by being creative and playful. We have so much wonderful technology available to us nowadays to help our game which is great but we must be careful not to move too far away from the heart and soul of the game where self - discovery is so important.
They haven’t done that in Ireland - so maybe we shouldn’t either!!
PGA Pro, Stephen Packer and the team did the members and their club very proud over the last 2 nights. 200++ guests attended the workshop, had great fun, learnt some effective and practical tips used by the Pros - and they made good money in the process, too!! Cheers Guys!
The Greatest Mental Skill of All??
If you could pick ONE mental skill to develop which would make a HUGE difference to your life what would it be?
It is a question I often ask people when I meet them for the first time and we begin to do our 1-2-1 sessions. Often, answers come back like better focus, improved concentration or better anger-management . Yet, there is ONE mental skill or discipline I think outweighs almost all and that is SELF CONTROL or willpower as it is often called. I would go as far as to say every single one of us should study the latest scientific discoveries that have been released on how to increase our willpower.
Just think of all of the areas of our lives in which we know WHAT we should be doing to improve but we do not have the willpower to follow things through.
•Do we REALLY need MORE information on dieting or do we just need to get a bit better at actually acting on and IMPLEMENTING the knowledge we already have?
•Do we need to buy ANOTHER exercise DVD or do we actually just need to get IN to the gym and DO what we already know?
We KNOW we need to spend more time on our short game to improve our scores but will we ever DO it?
A fascinating book called Willpower-Rediscovering our Greatest Strength has just been released. Written by one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists Roy Baumeister and his colleague John Tierney, the book gives some remarkable new insights into HOW we can better develop that most UNIQUE of human traits.
For me it was illuminating to discover how willpower on any given day is not a finite resource. We have so much available to us and once that runs out, we will suffer what psychologists call ‘Ego Depletion’. If we have spent all day exercising massive self control by biting our tongue and holding in our emotions in the face of an impossibly incompetent boss, then the chances of us sticking to our diet that evening or going to the gym WILL be reduced. If we have a LOT of issues going on in our life OFF the golf course, then do not expect to be able to maintain a Buddha like composure ON the course. Ego depletion and loss of self control is a problem for us all to consider and work with.
It does also seem from Baumeister’s studies that self control has a definite biological aspect to it. From his experiments, Baumeister discovered that when we exercise self control the brain requires glucose as a key ingredient. If we exercise a lot of self control, then the glucose levels will dip. And, if we have LOW levels of glucose, then our propensity to exhibit self control will reduce.
One of his classic studies was of people playing a computer game. At first, the computer game seemed reasonable but it soon became impossibly difficult. Everyone got frustrated as the game went on but the volunteers who had a drink to replenish glucose levels managed to grumble quietly and keep playing. The others started cursing aloud and banging the computer. And, when by a pre- arranged script the experimenter made an insulting remark about their performance, the glucose deprived people where MUCH more likely to get angry.
•Does this tie in with your experience on a golf course?
•Do you find that you begin to suffer from ego depletion at certain points during the round?
•Does your ability to maintain self control weaken as the round progresses?
With the research now available to us it could well be this is a result of nutritional and biological factors alongside other Mind Factor issues.
Baumeister suggests that when you eat make sure you go for the SLOW BURN. The body converts just about all sorts of food into glucose BUT at DIFFERENT rates. Foods which are converted quickly are said to have a high glycemic index.
It has been fascinating these past two months to be working with Nathan Brown and his Huddersfield Giants on their Mind Factor in Rugby League. He and the players have been open minded enough during pre- season training to take on some key ideas that have proven to be effective in Golf.
Often it seems to improve and move forward as a coach it is important to look at how things are done in sports other than your own. It has been a terrific learning curve for me as well and I am convinced the way Rugby League players utilise Sports Science leaves most other sports way behind.
The first game of the season was a trip to the DW Stadium to play the mighty Wigan Warriors and with a long injury list and a host of young players being selected to say the Giants started as underdogs was a huge understatement. Yet the players secured a magical win against all odds. The theme all week has been to focus on your own game plan and let everything else take care of itself. The simple principle of putting your mental energy on something useful as opposed to getting involved in things that do not matter. It is a straightforward principle but for me one of THE most vital aspects of great performance.
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It was fantastic to see THREE MIND FACTOR clients Jodi Ewart, Charlotte Ellis and Tandi Cunningham all have successful weeks at the European Ladies Tour School last week in Spain to gain their FULL playing status.
Jodi Ewart (shown left) was the overall winner with a stunning 11 under par for the five rounds. This is to add to the fact that Jodi also gained her LPGA Tour card in the USA at the end of 2011.
All three of these women are good examples of an understanding of how the MIND FACTOR has such a crucial part to play in top level sport. They have all been prepared to look at themselves, understand WHAT they needed to do to improve and then they have gone away and worked diligently at some of the KEY MIND FACTOR principles.