Mental Golf Tips
Golf…it’s all in your head
“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me.
I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”
– Arnold Palmer
By Master Coach Albert Valentine from the Human Performance Academy (HPA)
Welcome back to our second input for Cambodia Golf Today. In Part II, I will explain a technique that can assist anyone in achieving your goals faster, whether talking about golf or any other goal that you desire: modeling. If case you missed the first part, the introduction to the Mental Golf Tips can be found here.
Of course I am not talking about modeling in terms of the catwalk, where gorgeous women parade on a walkway and people stare at the latest fashion to hit the racks next season. I am talking about modeling excellence in performance.
In modeling, we’re talking about patterning yourself on others’ success. Something like a role-model, but much, much deeper.
Every field has people who excel. Sports, business, music, art and many other professions all present highly talented people creating exceptional results. Golf is no stranger. Just think of Palmer, Nicolas, Woods, Hogan, Snead, Els, and the list goes on.
How can you replicate or duplicate the masters by bringing out the excellence in you? Modeling.
It is absolutely important to know that anyone can understand and replicate the thinking and strategies of others who have achieved excellence. Can you be exactly like Tiger Woods or Ernie Els? Short answer: No. Why? Because there is no way that you can have their experiences, physiology, or personalities. What you can do however is model your techniques based around their techniques so you take on some of their capabilities.
The first step is to must choose a person (a golfer in this case) who you believe is outstanding at golf and figure out what precisely it is that s/he does, then map what strategies they use–the actual steps in thinking and acting–that they perform routinely when they are excelling at their game.
When talking about physical skills, such as hitting a golf ball, your mental state is crucial in making the necessary muscles act together in the desired sequence in order to hit that ball in the right manner every time. In a later article, I will take about “State” something that is crucial to everything we do in life. The take-away here is to know everything about the person you’re modeling, from the way s/he grips the club, to the motion s/he uses, their head movement, and so on.
The following list can be used to begin your journey to modeling someone:
- Identify a person who is outstanding at what s/he does, your inspiration.
- Observe their body language (physiology).
- What is their motivation for consistent results?
- What’s their personality, attitude, behavior?
- What are their beliefs? What they hold to be true to them.
- What are their values? What they hold to be important to them.
- What are their strategies, like a recipe, the order & sequence?
- How feedback (“failure”) gets them towards progress and success.
- Write down what you observe.
- Do it yourself.
- Get feedback on how you modeled them (evaluate with logic).
- Teach someone else.
The key to modeling is to learn how to duplicate these results, but duplicate for your own usage. Read books on your inspiration, know what they think, how they think, why they think the way they think. Watch videos. In today’s world, there is an immense amount of information at our finger tips about the people we want to model.
Always, always, always remember to stick to your PURPOSE as outlined in Article I. For what PURPOSE am I modeling this person? Answer: To know more about this person, to understand their thinking and behaviors, in order for me to duplicate the outcomes I believe are necessary for my success!!
Never forget this point. The person(s) you’re modeling, the expert, didn’t wake up one morning and have a great golf swing or become a champion overnight. Modeling is important, but they worked extremely hard at it. They practiced both physically and mentally, they hired coaches, trainers, they had a plan. Again, look at what they did and model excellence.
In our next article, I will be looking at visualization. The power of seeing clearly your goals and outcomes.
Coach Al Valentine is a professional Human Performance Coach who holds master coaching certifications in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Time-Line Therapy. Coach Valentine is a former government diplomat, career military officer, he holds various post-graduate degrees and certifications.
Visit the website of Human Performance Academy for more information.