“Mistakes happen.” “Mistakes are a fact of life.” “We all make mistakes.”

Most people generally accept these common sayings as true… except if you’re a golfer!

How many times has your play spiraled downward during a golf game after you made a mistake?

Why does your golf game suffer after a mistake when you know: “Mistakes happen,” “Mistakes are a fact of life,” and “We all make mistakes”?

How to recover from making a bogey or two is a common question that pops up on our golf surveys.

One golfer, who wants help with this issue, wrote about how one mistake can completely ruin his round of golf.

“How do I stop myself from unraveling after a mistake or a bad hole? Somehow, it always seems to happen. I’m playing a great round then one bad bounce, one bad shot, one bad hole on the back nine and it ruins the rest of the round. I want to learn how to get back on track after a bad hole.”

Getting off the bogey train has nothing to with technique, a mistake or the bad shot itself.

It's your thoughts about what happened and your expectations of what is going to happen after the mistake!

Statements such as “unraveling after a bad hole always seem to happen... it ruins the rest of the round” are a self-fulfilling prophecy. It gives you no other way to respond. You already believe you are going to unravel.

Your beliefs or assumptions affect emotions and produce a physiological stress response within your body.

As your thoughts spiral out of control, your emotions run wild, and your physiology is altered, it’s no wonder that your performance suffers and unravels.

Being in command of his thoughts was Nick Taylor’s key to victory at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM.

Taylor started the final round with a one-stroke lead and faced some challenges during the final round. For one, Taylor was paired with Phil Mickelson, winner of five Major Championships. Even though the wind picked up, Taylor kept his mind clear to win the tournament by 4-strokes.

There were definitely challenges to be met and distractions to overcome as
Taylor stated after the third round.

TAYLOR: “I’ve just got to do my own thing and try to block all that out.”

Taylor admitted that winning wasn’t easy but he was in charge of his thoughts rather than letting his thoughts control him.

TAYLOR: “Yeah, it was really, really difficult. The wind picked up kind of the end of that front nine, and I was hanging on there, and a few poor drives that I didn't think were too bad but ended up in bad spots and just tried to manage my way from there. And 14's such a difficult hole, once I made double there I had to settle myself down and know that I still had a two-shot lead. And then obviously, chip-in the next hole and get one shot back was massive.”

If unraveling after a mistake is initiated by your thoughts, you can also direct your thoughts to enhance your golf game. The key is to stop buying into the false assumptions and false generalizations that pop up in your mind.

Getting Off the Bogey Train Mindset

Conscious Debate – You can alter the message in your mind by quickly challenging your expectations about how you are playing or scoring.

For example, “Is it always true that one bogey will turn into several?" No, unless you buy into this self-fulfilling prophecy.

One bogey doesn't have to turn into another bogey--unless you make it so. You have to control yourself (emotions) before you can control your golf game!

By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn
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QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions…
What happens if I do not pass the playing ability portion of the course? Can I still become certified?
Yes, on the following:

1. Provided you have passed the written and teaching sections of the 5 day on-site course (or achieve at least 85% on the written exam of the home study course) and you are within 4 strokes of the target s core, you may, upon returning home and within a 12-month period, submit to the PGTAA, 4 attested score cards of 83 or less on any championship course (6,000+ yards). These score cards must be attested by at least two playing partners along with their scores on the same card or alternatively, signed by the local professional if he/she is familiar with your game.
2. Provided you have passed the written and verbal teaching sections of the 5 day on-site course (or the written section of the home study course),  but your combined score is beyond 4 strokes of the target score, then the following scenario to upgrade your certification is required:
You must return to any PGTAA certification course within a 12-month period and successfully redo only the PAT portion with a PGTAA instructor. The administrative fee is $200, which includes green and cart fees. Accommodations, if needed, can be arranged at an extra cost.

Please contact Susan Lotz (760.777.1925) in Membership Services prior to proceeding to assure correct processing.

Q. Do you have a Seniors Division?

Yes. This is for those members age 50 and over in both Men’s and Women’s divisions. Seniors make ideal teachers!

Q.Are there ongoing fees to belong to the PGTAA?

There is an annual $100 fee for the issuance of current year membership cards, PUD facilitation, replacement cards if needed, replacement certificates and PGTAA bag tags.. This is based on an annual anniversary date of enrolment.
Students who have not completed their certification after one year of enrolling, will still pay, as Associate Members (studying but not certified), $100.00

Q: What is the PGTAA’s primary mission for you as a teacher?

We want you to learn about your student before you actually teach them and give lessons. Your main goal is to try extremely hard to tailor your instruction methodology to suit each student’s wants and needs.  Your job and primary goal is to increase your student’s enjoyment of the game. This can be different for every golfer but it is your job to help all of your students to have more fun in the future, no matter what level of golfer you currently they are. Their skills set will improve if you identify with your student and identify their idiosyncrasies and needs.

Q: What method of teaching is used at the PGTAA?

We don’t have a method. The PGTAA’s teaching philosophy is based in solid fundamentals and simple practice techniques. Every student has different needs depending on their size, strength, coordination, past experience, available practice time and other factors. We teach you how to devise a plan to suit your own style of teaching and that of your student’s personal needs.

Q: What results can I expect after I become certified?

Most of your improvement, just like any health or weight-loss plan, is dependent on you and how dedicated you are to your goals. At the PGTAA, we will do everything we can to give you the tools you need to teach students and to market your services. Once you have a clear understanding of our fundamentals, how to teach them, and how to market yourself, your improvement as a teacher and your increased revenue/earnings, should come very easily.

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