4. MIND OVER GOLF
Let's refresh you with fundamental number 4, mind over golf:
Jack Nicklaus, who is arguably the greatest golfer of all time, was once quoted as saying, "Golf is 80% mental, 10% ability, 10% luck."
Jim Flick, one of the leading coaches of the past century, said, "90% of golf is mental, and so is the other 10%."
Bobby Jones once said, "You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about."
These quotes say it all and that's why mind over golf is a key component in my 4 fundamentals. It is not something that should ever be taken for granted, it will always play a major role in my coaching technique.
Here are a few examples that will make you think:
My key techniques to mind over golf are:
We are all guilty of falling into negative thinking on the golf course. The sooner we realise and accept that this is a normal human reaction to adversity, the easier it will be to use the tools above to your advantage.
Everyone who has played the game has fallen into these traps. Don't sweat it, there are always ways to overcome these natural reactions.
If you can think it, see it, feel it, hear it, say it, and organise it, you can definitely do it!
The 18th hole at the Wildernesse Club