What Is Stopping You Playing Your Best Golf?
Ever wondered what it would be like to be coached One-to-One by a Golf Performance Psychology Coach?
This is a guest post from Zen Golf Associate and Golf Performance Psychology Coach John Taylor. John launched his ground-breaking What's in the Bag in 2020 utilising his expertise from the world of NLP, i3 profiling, and Zen Golf. What's in the Bag is centered around in-depth personality profiling using i3, self-awareness, and mindfulness. The following article is the first feature in a 4 part weekly series aimed at the average golfer who wants to get more from their golf in relation to both enjoyment and performance.
Take a journey over the next 5 weeks with Andy Golfer as he receives expert coaching on some issues that are holding him back from playing his best golf. You might find some of the problems that Andy faces sound familiar...
Who is Andy Golfer?
Andy is just an average golfer with a wife and 2 children and would describe himself as 'hard working, fun, outgoing, detail orientated, professional'. Golf is important to him and he has been a member at the same club for the last 25 years playing actively and in all club competitions if possible but plays less during winter. He generally goes on an annual golf trip abroad every year and one UK golf trip per year.
He still likes to get out and about and see his friends but rarely plays to his potential, and this is a source of immense personal dissatisfaction. He never explicitly explains how much his play actually bothers him to his friends. Sometimes has a good front 9 but usually blows a good score with a run of consecutive double bogeys on the back 9. He gets particularly annoyed when he hits bad drives which result in a lost ball, and often 1 bad drive results in a string of bad drives. He hates going back to hit a provisional and has about 6 competitive NR’s per year.
At times Andy has thought about quitting golf altogether as he finds it so infuriating, but something keeps dragging him back to the course. He would love to find a way to play better and to really enjoy the game again.
Andy would like to play better golf but until now he hasn't been willing to consider what was really holding him back, and what he might need to do to improve.
After chatting with his new coach John, he quickly discovered he hadn’t given the mental side of the game enough thought, in fact he’d never really properly considered the impact his mental game was having on his score or his enjoyment.
Andy instinctively knew he didn’t have a strong mental game, but he didn’t really know exactly what a strong mental game would look like. Coach John suggested they started to look at the mental game by first considering the importance of preparation and patience.
“It is important to take time for yourself if you want to improve. You will develop your mental strength over a period that is unique to you and your situation, and you can’t expect immediate results.”
During the current lockdown situation, Andy realised that he must do something in preparation for his return, and he decided to work with Coach John. How you prepare in the now will serve you well.
What is Andy Golfer going to work on?
Fortunately for Andy, we have put him in touch with John Taylor, an expert Golf Performance Psychology Coach. Over the next few weeks, you will see how Andy gradually moves from frustration to flow.
Starting next week John is going to coach Andy and change his perspective using CLUB (one letter per week).
C stands for Character - Week 2
Andy and JT will discuss identity and purpose.
L stands for Language - Week 3
Andy and JT will discuss internal self-talk and external dialogue.
U stands for Useful and Unhelpful Practices - Week 4
Andy and JT will discuss areas of strength and areas of awareness.
B stands for Behaviours - Week 5
Andy and JT will discuss behaviours and emotions.
About the Author
Zen Golf Associate and Golf Performance Psychology Coach John Taylor launched his ground-breaking What's in the Bag in 2020 utilising his expertise from the world of NLP, i3 profiling, and Zen Golf. What's in the Bag is centered around in-depth personality profiling using i3, self-awareness, and mindfulness.
For more information about What's in the Bag visit: whatsinthebag.club