I’ve played golf at a high level, and as a mental game coach, I’ve worked with players at the highest level. My interest in golf psychology was born from issues that I had playing golf in college. I was a 3-time All-American and won nine collegiate events for Skidmore College, but I was continually choking in major national events. I turned to sport psychology techniques for help and while the techniques got me to play better overall, they failed when I needed them most—under intense pressure.
Driven to find lasting solutions, I earned a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and became a licensed therapist in 2005. I then began working with golfers and coached players on the PGA, LPGA and Nationwide Tour (Web.com Tour now), top-ranked juniors, and serious amateurs. My practical and straightforward approach proved to be successful with players of varying abilities, from tournament professionals to beginners.
Proving that my clients aren’t the only ones who have improved with my program, I’ve solved my mental game issues and qualified for the 2013 US Mid-am, shooting 2 under par, despite only playing 18 rounds that year. My career-low is a 63 at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix.
My coaching can help you in two ways, correcting mental game problems and reducing flaws in your technique, provided you’re working with a swing instructor or know your golf swing very well. Many golfers assume that flaws in their swing can be eliminated just by practicing more. An example of this is Hank Haney’s failure to correct Charles Barkley’s swing; he didn’t address the mental side of his swing.
Ultimately, golfers come to me because their game isn’t progressing and they don’t know why. I help them to discover and correct mental game weaknesses they didn’t even know were there. These are the most common problems or goals that I work on with players:
- Anger (Mistakes, playing bad, losing, bad luck, etc)
- Performance anxiety (Tournaments, shooting best round ever, etc)
- Fear of failure
- Mental side of making a swing change
- Taking your game from the range to the course
- Loss of confidence
- Being resilient and not giving up
- Not trusting your gut
- Overly aggressive with decision making
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The first step is identifying the cause of your mental game problems. To make that happen efficiently you’ll complete my new client questionnaire. I’ll spend around 45 minutes reviewing the questionnaire before our first session, so at the start of that first session I already have a plan that will get us focused on what’s most relevant to solving your problem. (Many clients also say that just filling out the questionnaire is helpful.)
By the end of the first session you’ll have a straightforward, step-by-step strategy to begin fixing your mental game problems. Part of that strategy will include information on key theories about the mental game that will help you better understand the rationale behind the strategy. In my experience, when clients know some basics about how the mind works, they’re more likely to stick with the strategy and thus more likely to improve. In successive sessions, we’ll continue to refine the strategy as you gain more experience and knowledge about your mental game until you have command of the problem.
My coaching is organized around your goals, so once they’ve been achieved, we either say goodbye, or we come up with new areas of your mental game to work on. I have clients who are satisfied with what we accomplish in just a handful of sessions and I have other clients who are so driven to improve that we’ve been working regularly for years. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
One of the benefits of my coaching that often surprises my clients is that they’re not only happy having their issues resolved, they also have greater overall confidence because they now know how to solve their mental game problems. I don’t just give answers, I give them a strategy that allows them to understand how to solve problems on their own. I don’t just give them fish, I teach them how to fish.
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