“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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Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts Inc., announced today that Inbee Park, winner of the LPGA ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open held at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Seaton, South Australia was playing a Graphite Design Tour AD MJ-6 Stiff flex wood shaft in her XXIO Driver.

(My favorite female player and my favorite shaft company)

The champion won her 20th LPGA event by 3 strokes after shooting a 67 - 69 - 68 – 74 during the 4 days of the tournament.

“Congratulations to the winner of the ISPS HANDA Women’s Australian Open. We are excited she plays Graphite Design and is back in the winner’s circle”, stated Wayne Ageno, President, Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc.

Designed and manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters, the Tour AD MJ wood shaft is available in 50g R2, R1 and S flex, 60g SR, S and X flex, 70g S and X flex and 80g S and X flex.

The Tour AD MJ utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials to provide the best performing shaft available. Designed with a softer tip and stiffer mid to butt section to promote a higher launch condition and low/mid-spin, the Tour AD MJ also utilizes the 3rd generation version of the Toray Nano-alloy material technology known as “DI Technology” in the tip section of the shaft for additional shaft stability, exceptional feel and precise ball control.
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PGTAA Endorsed Products

Cohn Certification

TEACHING YOU HOW TO TEACH

Learn How To Make $100,000 per Year or More in the Golf Business as a PGTAA Teaching Professional With Precise Business Management and Marketing Principles and Techniques

Thinking about doing something you really love?
Like playing and teaching golf?
How would you like to achieve your dreams faster than you thought possible? Well, you can!

  •  Golf is a business. Businesses require cash
  • Imagine starting a business that requires:
  • No major capital investment (less than $2,500 required)
  • No products to purchase
  • Has a market with continued growth potential
  • No inventory to sell
  • No delivery of any product
  • No collections (this is a cash business)
  • No quotas
  • No employees
  • No customer risk
  • No long hours
  • No major overhead, if any at all
  • Becoming a professional golf teacher is the answer. Opportunities to teach golf are enormous:
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  • Public & private clubs
  • Leisure resorts – both local and global
  • Cruise ships
  • Golf schools – directing or teaching
  • Golf learning centers
  • University & high school golf coach
  • Corporate golf positions

What’s important to know and remember, is that at private and semi-private golf clubs, many opportunities abound for those teachers who are personable and offer interpersonal skills.

For those teachers who belong to a club, they are able to relate to the “whole family” and are at ease with their membership, can offer a head pro an alternative to allowing the pro to take a vacation and to reduce his teaching workload.

Being able to conduct yourself professionally, dress the part play better golf than the membership, and know how to teach, (especially the fundamentals), are ideal ingredients to enhance your teaching practice.

Business & Marketing Module

This comprehensive course has been developed over 20 years by PGA pros, directors of golf and golf retailing experts. The course is designed to show the student all those “trade secrets” in becoming a financially successful professional golf teacher whether as an independent teacher or as a Head Pro. The course is the mainstay of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America’s unequaled leadership in the field of golf instructor education worldwide.

Realistic, experienced and expert professionals teach our classes. The materials used are field-tested and can generate incomes approaching six figures and more if applied methodically. Keying in on retention and expansion of students is the primary objective, you will be shown how and where to market your services and become the primary teaching pro in your area.

Our instructors teach on a daily basis at Torrey Pines, Pelz Short Game Schools, numerous prestigious golf clubs and courses and University Golf Teams and are faculty members of prestigious universities. Their educational backgrounds are exemplary with degrees from the likes of Harvard Business School, Stanford, and other Ivy League schools. These instructors are both successful and masters of their domains and regularly are listed in the Top 50 Golf Teachers.

Benefits

You will learn how to:

• Work with a pro player
• Self-promote your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)
• Embrace and profit the Junior and local community market
• Negotiate with an owner
• Obtain product endorsements and equipment
• Use demographics to pinpoint the highest population to target and locate your operation
• And much, much more….

In addition, two additional modules for your enhancement and continuing education as a professional golf teacher are available:

Instructor Module

Taught by PGTAA pros, former PGA members, and university professors. – (On-Site & Home Study)

The Faculty: Teachers such as the caliber of Mark Immelman (Head Coach-Columbus State University), Mike Kletz – Houghton Golf Club. Additionally, golf psychologists and exercise professionals offer their expertise to students ensuring top caliber content and teachers.

Benefits

• Superior curriculum.
• Based on actual case studies. (What all tour players and big name teachers know and understand to be the best in their field).
• The improvement of your game in the process.
• Ongoing courses, workshops, and newsletters

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Many years of research and teaching hours have gone into perfecting our Modules. They are in everyday use throughout the world on Tours, Ranges, Courses, and Schools. The ability to innovate and become masters of your domain is now readily available for you to become the consummate Professional Golf Teacher.

Graduates will also become certified as a Master Teaching Professional through the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America
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Custom Club Fitting, Club Building, and Repairs Module

In our continuing mission of educating true professional golf teachers, this module is separate from the primary syllabus. Not only will this module increase your knowledge; benefit the player himself or herself, but also to afford the golf pro an ancillary income generating opportunity.
Available only for the 5-Day On-Site Course and Business & Marketing Module attendees.
A minimum of 6 students per class is required. $100.00 – 4 hours

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Take a walk up and down the driving range, and a few things immediately are observable:
1. Not All Golfers Talk the Same
2. Not All Golfers Swing the Same
3. Not All Golfers Dress the Same

Only when you can put the same swing on every golf club, can you compete at the highest level and achieve results truly commensurate with your ability.
Probably the best example of this commitment to precision tuned and precision manufacturing, was when the great Ben Hogan invited Jack Fleck to the Hogan factory in Fort Worth to be fitted a set of precision Hogan golf clubs. The difference to Jack Fleck’s game resulted in his winning of the 1955 US Open over none other than Ben Hogan himself in a playoff.

Today all tour players today are precisely fit and most equipped with precision golf sets. There are 14 different considerations to include when custom fitting a set of clubs. On the other hand, the majority of the general golf public is stuck with off the shelf, mass- produced, inferior sets of clubs that do not match their swings.

So what’s the point? Custom Fitting is BACK. BIG TIME and we are not talking about the major manufacturer’s “Golf Fitting Carts” found on ranges and country clubs. Another favorable consideration – custom fitting runs about the same price as off the shelf clubs and if one has access to custom fitting, it would be well worth the time and effort.

Benefits:

• Taught by Professional Clubmakers’ Society members in their shops
• Learn to build, repair and fit golf clubs
• Offers student total service under one roof
• Lucrative cash generating option

Learn to build, repair and fit golf clubs. You will be taught how to determine loft, lie angles, shaft types and shaft replacement, shaft flexes, length, grip size and grip replacement, kick points and head designs and refinishing that will allow your customer/student to obtain the best possible clubs suited for his game.

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