Golf's Mental Myths Exposed

Golf's Mental Myths Exposed

January 24, 2020, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Orange County Convention Center - W230B
Language:
English
An informative and interactive session highlighting longstanding mental myths with respect to golf, and powerful alternatives for peak performance. Research often clarifies beliefs that have existed over time. A handful of myths shall be presented, and addressed, including: - You can't put yourself into the zone. Yes you can - the adventure sport athletes do it all the time! There are four stages to experiencing the zone. 1. Agitation 2. Channel into focus 3. The Zone 4. Recovery (new normal). - Effectiveness of downswing thoughts or cues. Ineffective, in fact.... From the top of the back swing to impact is < 250ms. You will not consciously influence your muscles in that short time frame with a club traveling 90-120mph. However, you can put in a cue at the top of the swing or after impact that will influence what happens before impact. - More information, more contemplation and more time will improve execution and performance. Incorrect - quite the opposite. The mind/body system takes in a massive amount of information through the existing fives senses, and functions best when in a responsive, instinctive and intuitive mode and state. Overload negatively affects decision-making, while nourishing hesitation and doubt. - What you do after the ball doesn't matter because the ball is already gone. – Wrong, it will definitely affect everything that came before impact. It is easier to focus after impact. Finish the swing! - Expectations (ouch!). Expecting to do well often brings in a "Need" to do well. Whatever you "need" controls you. Stay in charge, put out there what you "want," and you don't "need" anything. Plan and choose strategies without "need." - Consistency: players think they want consistency - not true. They want to get consistently BETTER. Being adaptive is what creates consistency. - lastly

Contributors

  • Christopher Smith, Certified PGA

    Speaker

    Director of Instruction , Eugene Country Club & Guinness World Record Holder in Speedgolf

    Eugene Country Club

    Christopher Smith is a PGA Professional Certified in Teaching and Coaching, a past Oregon Chapter and Pacific Northwest Section PGA Teacher of the...

  • Dr. Debbie Crews, Ph.D., LPGA Master Professional

    Speaker

    CEO

    Opti Brain

    Debbie Crews, Ph.D. is an adjunct faculty at Arizona State University (ASU) in the School of Biological and Heath Systems Engineering and a Sport...

Type of Session

  1. Type of Session
    Education Sessions

Categories

  1. Track
    Teaching & Coaching

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