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By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn
In the weeks heading into a tournament, what do you feed your mind: Positive or negative messages?
Do you hang onto past mistakes during a round or focus on the good shots you hit?
Your thoughts affect your confidence. It is pretty simple; you become what you think. If you think you are a terrible golfer, you will struggle on the golf course.
In our Golf Mental Game Survey, we received the following question:
"How do I start a tournament with confidence or keep my confidence throughout the round, especially when I am struggling with my game?"
Confidence grows or atrophies according to the messages you feed your mind. Think of it this way. If someone showed you film of every bad round you ever played, you would lose confidence.
If you thought of every mistake you made in the last year's tournaments, you would have less confidence. If you were to list all your weaknesses and technical flaws, your confidence would plummet.
The reverse is also true. You build confidence when you call to mind times when you are on top of your game.
When you highlight your successes during a round of golf, you grow your confidence.
If you were to list your strengths, abilities, and positive aspects of your golf game, your confidence would skyrocket.
In other words, whatever you choose to hold in the forefront of your mind impacts your confidence.
Each positive thought, image, and memory builds your confidence or success resume.
Building confidence is not as complicated as most golfers make it.
For example, Gianna Clemente, 15, is the youngest competitor in the 72-player field at the 2023 Augusta National Women's Amateur Tournament.
However, Clemente does not become rattled when competing against older golfers. First of all, Clemente prepares at a high level.
CLEMENTE: "I've put in a lot of hard work to prep for not only this event but the other events that I've had this spring as well. I'm looking forward to it."
In addition, Clemente maintains her confidence because she consciously tends to it. Clemente keeps in mind her previous successes which include three straight LPGA events in 2022.
Earlier this year, she finished T16 at the Epson Tour's season-opening event and is currently the top-ranked junior in the country.
CLEMENTE: "[Being young] is something that I'm pretty used to by now. I've been the youngest for at least a couple years now in every event that I play in. It's a very comfortable feeling for me. It doesn't bother me at all, and I'm just looking forward to playing some good golf."
Instead of keeping count of all your mistakes and bad rounds, start totaling up your successes, great shots, and positive attributes.
Creating your success resume builds high-level confidence.
Don't merely think about your successes. Write your successes in a notebook, on a spreadsheet, or create a document on your phone.
Writing down your successes, strengths, and positive attributes has a double impact. It causes you to review your positives twice...First, by thinking of them and again when you put them on paper.
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Sports Psychology for Golfers | Junior, Amateur, and ProsDiscover how you can improve your mental game for golf. We've helped professional, collegiate, and amateur golfers improve their mental preparation for golf.
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FootJoy, the #1 Shoe in Golf, will be in full bloom this spring with the release of four Limited Edition Pastels, dropping on Thursday, April 6.
The “Pastel Pack” enhances the modern classic Premiere Series Field with rich, chalky pastel-flooded outsoles and accents. The subtle stand outs will be available for men in Powder Blue, Primrose Pink, and Hazy Yellow.
A women’s version will also be released in Primrose Pink on the new Premiere Series Issette, which features a removable kiltie.
“Spring always brings a heightened level of excitement to all golfers” said Patrick Trubiano, Director of Product
Management, FJ Footwear. “We wanted to encourage players to elevate their shoe game as they return to the course with this exclusive Premiere Series offering.”
Fans can keep an eye out for the fresh pastels over the weekend as several FootJoy Tour players will be wearing them in competition, including Will Zalatoris, Max Homa, and Cameron Young.
The Premiere Series Pastels will be available on footjoy.com and partner retail channels beginning Thursday, April 6 at 10am EST. Learn more at footjoy.com or follow @footjoy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. ... See MoreSee Less
PRO’S CHOICE GOLF SHAFTS LAUNCHES NEW GRAPHITE DESIGN TOUR AD HY HYBRID SHAFTS
Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc. announces the launch of the newly refreshed graphics version of the very popular Graphite Design Tour AD HY Hybrid shafts.
The Tour AD HY Hybrid shaft will include the modernized Tour AD logo and a fresh, new blue color. The Tour AD HY Hybrid shaft specifications and performance remain the same and will become available on 4-5-2023 through all of the authorized Graphite Design dealers, golf club OEM manufacturers and retail locations.
Designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters and now available in brand new graphics for 2023, the Tour AD HY hybrid shafts are available in four weights of 65g and 75g in R and S flex, 85g in R, S and X flex and 95g in S and X flex.
Designed with the Tour AD DI Hybrid profile in mind, the Tour AD HY hybrid is softer in the tip and mid-section and slightly stiffer in the butt section of the shaft, to promote a higher ball flight than the Tour AD DI Hybrid shafts. The easy to hit Tour AD HY hybrid shafts can be counted on to deliver pin point Accuracy and greater Distance, which is synonymous within all of the Graphite Design Tour AD shafts.
About Graphite Design:
Located in the city of Chichibu, Japan, Graphite Design has 33 years of experience designing and manufacturing premium graphite composite golf shafts. Numerous Graphite Design shafts can be seen in play by the best professional players on all tours worldwide. Validating the company’s “Tour AD” logo, all of Graphite Design’s Tour-proven shafts specifically promote “Accuracy and Distance”. On Tour, Graphite Design shafts recorded 51 Global tournament victories in 2022 and have helped numerous golf professionals earn well over 500 tour victories and multi-millions of dollars in prize money since inception. Graphite Design continues to be the most dominant, #1 shaft brand on the Japanese JGTO Professional Tour for the past twenty years.
About Pro’s Choice:
Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts is the exclusive distributor of Graphite Design golf shafts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, UAE, S. Africa, S. America, and Australia. Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts distributes all of the current Graphite Design shafts including the new 2023 Tour AD CQ model of wood shafts as well the Graphite Design MAD, Tour AD UB, Tour AD HD, Tour AD XC, Tour AD VR, Tour AD IZ, Tour AD TP, Tour AD GP, Tour AD BB, and Tour AD DI models of shafts. The company is located in Carlsbad, California with a distribution warehouse located in San Diego.
For more information about Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts or Graphite Design shafts, please visit www.proschoicegolfshafts.com ... See MoreSee Less
A little golf humor:
A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him. The first said that he usually played alone but agreed to the twosome.
They were even after the first two holes The second guy said,
"We're about evenly matched; how about playing for five bucks a hole?"
The first guy said he wasn't much for betting but agreed to the terms. The second guy won the remaining sixteen holes with ease. As they were walking off number eighteen, the second guy was busy counting his $80.00. He then confessed that he was the pro at the neighboring course and liked to pick on suckers.
The first fellow revealed that he was the Parish Priest.
The pro was flustered and apologetic, offering to return the money.
The Priest said, "You won fair and square, and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings."
The pro said, "Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?"
The Priest said, "Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation of $80. And, if you want to, bring your Mother and Father along.....
I'll marry them." ... See MoreSee Less
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