Do you have the confidence to win your big golf tournament?

Confidence is your ability to like yourself no mater how well you are playing. Because golf can be a humbling game, you need higher than average self-esteem to survive the ups and downs inherent in the sport. Good self-esteem enables you to retain confidence when there is adversity.

Self-esteem or self-confidence is the relationship you have with yourself; how you see yourself and what you are thinking and saying about yourself and your ability to succeed. Confidence is a state of being certain of one’s own abilities or qualities.

Self-esteem is having full trust and reliance in yourself. When you have a high level of self-esteem you will be confident, motivated, happy and have a positive attitude to succeed. Low self-esteem is reinforced by thinking negatively, criticizing your performance, or by listening to others who criticize you.

Mental Training for Building Confidence 

Most golfers aren’t aware of how much their golf games can improve with mental coaching.

Your golf game like everything else, responds to your attitudes, beliefs, words and your energy. Old, outdated beliefs create conflict and indecision. When you shift your limiting beliefs to positive empowering ones, it will be reflected in your physical game.

Mental training to build confidence is an ongoing process of learning to understand and control your emotions and your mind’s influence on your performances. When you are in a good state, good happens, when you are in a negative state, mistakes happen.

Master Positive Mental Skills Easily with Self-Hypnosis CDs

Hypnosis is used by Pro Tour golfers and other world class athletes to enhance their athletic performances. It is the easiest, quickest and most proven way to great mental golf.

About 90 percent of the thoughts we think about today are the same ones we had yesterday. Our poor golf games are still dominated by negative thoughts and feelings learned in our past and enhanced by our golfing environment. Hypnotic suggestion can help you program new ideas for success in your golf game.

Following are Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis CDs available at www.pmi4.com/cart  that will help you with positive suggestions and guided imagery to develop confidence in yourself and your abilities to access your peak golf performances under pressure.

  • Replace all negative thinking with positive thoughts & images

“Self Hypnosis for Playing “In the Zone”  CD

  • Slow Down Your Breathing to relax and focus

       “Progressive Relaxation of the Mind & Body” CD

  • Change your focus from conditions outside you to inside

      “Concentration for Consistent Golf” CD

  • Trust in your ability to make a smooth swing/putt

       “Confident Putting for Lower Scores” CD

  • Replace your fears with empowering self-talk

       “Fearless Golf” CD

  • Release all thoughts about the outcome of the game

     “Release from Performance Anxiety” CD

Believe in your ability and your potential

    “Confidence to Win Golf Tournaments” CD

  • Access your own internal rhythm for success under pressure  

“Master Your Short Game for Low Scores” CD

Repetition is the key to mastering mental and physical skills. By listening to a CD repeatedly, the positive suggestions and imagery will be anchored into your subconscious memory bank for easy access on the golf course.

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Play “in the zone” with Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances

To train your brain to play your best golf, listen to Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CDs in the privacy of your own home; available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

“THE HEART OF GOLF” guide book for transforming your life and golf game

is available now on Amazon and Kindle

https://amzn.to/2MQzjfq

All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCESS YOUR PEAK PERFORMANCES IN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENTS

The 2019 golf tournament season is winding down now with winners being decided in league and club championships all the way up to the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup playoffs August 8-25 for the $15 million bonus prize. Whether you are playing in an individual competition or a team event, here are some areas to review for competing successfully in your championship tournament.

Golf is a game that tests all of your beliefs, attitudes, personality traits, thoughts, and emotions, as well as your physical skills.  It brings out the best and the worst sides of a person’s character.  Unlike so many other activities in our daily lives, golf rewards success and penalizes failure immediately.  You do not need to wait for a teacher to grade your efforts, or a boss to tell you what kind of a job you are doing.  In golf you know as soon as the ball leaves the club face how well you have performed.

Golf is a funny game where poorly struck shots sometimes will run onto the green, and a great shot might end up embedded in a greenside bunker. Luck and a “rub of the green” are part of the game. It is up to you to accept the good breaks and to not let the bad breaks deter you from staying centered in your challenge of the course. Golf is not a game of perfection. An error-free round of golf is not possible. You are going to make mistakes and possibly have some bad breaks.

Golf is a game that is never mastered, never perfected. The better you play, the more the game entices you to improve even more and to play better.

There are human qualities that enhance your performance.  There are also qualities such as anger and anxiety that sabotage your game.  It is up to you to develop self-control, confidence, and an honest self-analysis. You can choose at any given moment how you want to react to a situation.  Your golf game does not reflect on you as a person.  The way you react to your golf shots does reflect on you as a person.

The golf course is not your opponent — you are your opponent.  The golf course just waits quietly for you to challenge yourself on it. This is why it is such an exciting adventure. The golf course challenges you to get to know yourself and to grow from the experience.

Here are some areas to review for strengthening your mental golf game: 

Concentration:

  • Mental concentration is at its peak when your mind is clear of all distractions.
  • “The ability to concentrate is good, but thinking too much about how you are doing what you are doing can be disastrous.” — Harvey Penick
  • Be totally prepared mentally and physically to play before you hit your shot.
  • Before addressing the ball, breathe deeply to slow down your busy mind for easier focus.
  • Decide to play in the now. Concentrate on the present shot. Use your preshot routine to focus on the shot you wish to create.

Tempo:

  • There is no rush. Swing as if you are working by the hour.
  • Think positively as you approach your next shot. Every shot is a new experience. The next one may be the best shot of your life.
  • Never make a change based on one bad shot or even a few missed shots.
  • Stick to the one thing you can control—you. 

Emotions:

  • Don’t get mad at the club; it’s the same one you used to hit that great shot yesterday.
  • Change negative self-talk to positive self-talk.  Choose to let go of negative thoughts and feelings and to experience the good feelings from hitting a good shot.
  • You cannot be relaxed and tense at the same time. The easiest path to a relaxed body is through a relaxed state of mind.
  • Know the difference between being self-centered and centered in self.
  • Release fears and judgments that keep you bound in faulty thinking.
  • Let go of the attachment to worry. You created the fear thoughts, so you can let them go. This attachment is keeping you from playing up to your potential.
  • Remember the confident feelings of playing “in the zone.”
  • “It’s tough to play bad when you’re happy on the inside.”Jessica Korda, LPGA  

Positive Mental Thoughts:

  • It is more important to learn to score than it is to learn to swing.
  • A miss-hit is a golden opportunity to learn what not to do.
  • Experience is your best teacher.
  • Always picture in your mind where you want the ball to land safely.
  • Change “it’s impossible” to “anything is possible” – Just Do It!
  • A consistent preshot routine produces consistent shots.
  • Expecting to play a round of golf without error is unrealistic.
  • The game of golf is “mind over muscle.”
  • Golf is a waiting game. Wait for the opportunities to appear.
  • Practice the way you want to play.
  • Prepare for each shot with a good attitude. Act as if it is the best feeling and the most fun filled shot you will hit today.
  • The mental game of golf is not so much what you know, as to how you use that knowledge at the right times.
  • “You just have to take the attitude that you’ve done all the training that is required, and what is the point of that training if you’re not going to trust it”? Bob Rotella

To summarize mental on-course tips for winning your big tournament: 

  1. Use a positive pre-shot and post-shot routine. Consistent mental routines will produce consistent shots.
  2. Trust your swing. Let go of mechanical thoughts. Believe in your ability. It is impossible to “fix” your swing after missing a shot. Instead, find your rhythm and tempo.
  3. Remember your good shots, not the mistakes. Don’t keep track of your missed shots by continually talking about them. Congratulate yourself for your good shots.
  4. Play target golf. Take DEAD AIM. Have a clear picture of your target in your mind and swing to it without thinking.
  5. Relax your mind and body. You can’t be relaxed and anxious at the same time. Take deep breaths to relax your body and slow down your thinking mind for sharper focus.
  6. Take the time to manage your game. When you miss a shot, make sure you can recover. Think the shot through. Play only percentage shots that you know you can hit.
  7. Be patient. Golf is a waiting game. Wait for the opportunities to happen. The more you rush, the less clearly you are able to think. The more you rush, the quicker your swing becomes and the more mistakes you make.
  8. Concentrate only on your game. Being concerned with your competitor’s game will distract you from being in control of your own game.
  9. Play one shot at a time. Play each shot as if it is the most important shot you will ever hit by giving it your full intention and attention.
  10. Use good body language to feel confident. Walk with your head high and looking straight ahead. Looking down at the ground will access negative self talk..
  11. Change all fear shots into positive images. Stay focused in the present, giving your full attention to what you want to happen, not what you are afraid will happen.
  12. Act like a champion. Act as if it is impossible to fail.

Play “in the zone” with Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances 

To train your brain to play your best golf, listen to Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CD’s in the privacy of your own home, available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to control your emotions and maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

“THE HEART OF GOLF” guide book for transforming your life and golf game

is available now on Amazon and Kindle

https://amzn.to/2MQzjfq

All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

 

How Do I Recapture My Passion for Golf?

This May 2019 article was published in WomensGolf.com online magazine:

When you play well, golf is fun. Golf is a game, and as such should be rewarding by itself, just for the experience. Golf can be made more enjoyable when all your expectations aren’t centered on rewards like praise or prizes. Learn to have fun on the golf course whether you are playing well or poorly. Every golf shot and every golf course has its own unique beauty and challenges. Learn from the challenges and enjoy the beauty.

To play better, set some goals for yourself so you will be able to measure your success. An important aspect to your mental golf game is good goal setting. It is necessary to have a plan to improve. Organizing your plan with specific progressive steps will keep your motivation high. Analyze your game to determine where you lose the most strokes. More than likely it is in your short game, since it comprises 65% of all shots.

To lower your score, learn to love your scoring clubs. Begin by putting for 5-10 minutes every day, either on your carpet or putting green, enjoying the movement of the putter, while holding your eyes transfixed on a spot on the golf ball. See your short game as an art form instead of shots that you “have to make” for a certain score. Enjoy the rhythm, tempo (speed), the sound, and the feel of the putter.

Here are 9 mental tips to lower your score and enjoy your golf more:

1 Whatever you are trying to do, don’t. Trying means steering. Make up your mind to hit

to your target and Just Do It!

2 Don’t give yourself instruction. Become aware of your body and swing. Imagine

feeling your body swinging the golf club easily and effortlessly.

3 Be decisive about what you are going to do. Indecision is the enemy of golfers. Don’t

hit a shot until you have absolutely made up your mind about what you want to do with

the shot.

4 Believe in yourself no matter what the results are. Believe in your ability to play well.

Trust that you can improve.

5 Emotionalize only good shots. Emotions of fear, doubt, anger, and anxiety will

sabotage your game. Be positive in talking to yourself and others.

6 Feel your balance, rhythm, and tempo. Instead of focusing your attention on a specific

part of the body or part of the golf swing, go beyond the mechanics and find your own

rhythm and tempo.

7 Leave all problems at home. Golf requires a balanced emotional level. Relax your mind

and body with deep breathing.

8 Stay in the NOW. Give each shot your full attention as if it is the only shot you will hit

today. Be fully present. Play one shot at a time.

9 Let go of all expectations. Don’t add up your score until you are finished. Enjoy each

shot as its own reward.

To recapture your joy on the course try out some of these tips and remember to have fun playing the game. Enjoy all aspects of being on the golf course, not just the score.

 Play “in the zone” with Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances

 To train your brain to play your best golf, listen to Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CDs in the privacy of your own home, available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF,  Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

“THE HEART OF GOLF” guidebook for transforming your life and golf game

is available now on Amazon and Kindle

https://amzn.to/2MQzjfq

All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Management on the Golf Course for Peak Performances

The first part of learning the game of golf is how to strike the ball and then how to hit shots with different clubs.

The second part is how to manage yourself and how to make the most of your ability to bring in the lowest possible scores every time you play.  To achieve your potential, managing yourself is the most important part of the game.

If you strike the ball well, but manage your game poorly you will rarely win.

If you manage yourself well and hit the ball poorly you can win many times.

— Jack Nicklaus 

Self management 

When playing golf at your peak performance levels you are in a state where your mind is quiet and focused, and your body is relaxed. When you are over the ball you are focused on the process of hitting the ball. You put yourself into this mindful state of consciousness with your preshot routine so you have stopped thinking of what to do and can trust your setup.

When you are mindful, you are fully invested in the present moment; not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You are experiencing being in the now with all of your senses. It is imperative that your body is relaxed in order to accomplish this process. 

There is a natural rhythm when you go within. Being in the zone state is like being in the flow of a river. When you go against the river, it is challenging. When you are in your own natural flow of rhythm, life and your golf game proceed easily. This is how you shift and transform into your true self. You become more aware of your senses, which give you the guidance you need to execute your golf shot.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing. While mindfulness is a natural state of being, it can be accessed with the practice of relaxing your mind and body. We already have the capacity to be present so it doesn’t require us to change who we are. Mindfulness is being completely awake to the present moment and being aware of what you are doing while you are doing it.

Golfers have a tendency to project the present into the future by thinking about upcoming holes and what they need to score in order to achieve a desired outcome. This is a perfect example of creating stress within your mind and body. With this awareness of judgment of how you are doing, mindfulness is the solution to reduce the stress and bring your mind back to the present. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

Effective Deep Breathing 

“Breathing is the most important physiological function of your body. You can live forty days without food, ten days without water, but only four minutes without oxygen.

Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that, within limits, can be controlled both consciously and unconsciously. Conscious breathing is used in yoga to calm the mind and release toxins. It is taught in Lamaze classes to reduce the heart rate, anxiety levels, and pain perception. It works in part because when breathing becomes a focus, other sensations move to the outside of your awareness.

If you watch a baby breathe, or watch someone who is sleeping, you will see this relaxed, natural breathing as the stomach protrudes on the inhale and falls on the exhale. We have been taught to relieve tension by sucking in our stomachs, taking in a big breath and letting our chest and shoulders rise. This actually creates tension and tightness in your chest and shoulder muscles. In golf we need to have these muscles relaxed so we can make a full shoulder turn to set up the torque for maximum golf club acceleration.

Deep breathing is the key to relaxation. The more you relax, the better your feel. The more you relax, the better you play. The more you relax, the easier it is to focus and be mindful. And the more you relax, the more powerful your mind is.

My personal preference to relax before hitting any shot on the golf course is to take in three deep breaths during my preshot routine. I take in one deep conscious breath each to calm and focus my mind, my body, and my spirit.”*

In my experience of playing competitive amateur golf at the highest levels, I believe that the most important ingredient in your mental golf game is efficient deep breathing to obtain the state which relaxes your muscles, clears and focuses your mind, and keeps your arousal level constant. When you inhale this breath of life correctly, know that you are breathing in your own empowerment.

*Excerpts are from Chapter 10: Deep Breathing; “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”

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Improve your breathing technique and mindfulness skill by listening to the PMI self-hypnosis CD “Progressive Relaxation of the Mind & Body” in the privacy of your own home. All eight PMI self-hypnosis CDs begin with guided breathing techniques for focus and relaxation. Available now at http://www.pmi4.com/cart

Visit the www.PositiveMentalImagery.com Archived Newsletters page for comprehensive information about the mental game of golf. 

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

“THE HEART OF GOLF” guide book for transforming your life and golf game

is available now on Amazon and Kindle

https://amzn.to/2MQzjfq

All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did we learn from Sergio Garcia’s missed 4-inch putt?

Unlike other sports, the game of golf can be played in multiple different game formats. In Stroke Play, the lowest number of strokes taken determines the winner. In Match Play one golfer plays against another and each hole is a separate competition. The golfer who wins the most holes wins the match.

Match Play can also be played by a two-person team against another two-person team. In a Fourball Match all four players play their own ball. The low score (best ball) of the partners on each team is used for the match. A Foursomes Match is a competition where a team of two players alternate hitting the same ball. This is also known as an alternate shot or Scotch Ball competition.

Since Match Play is a player vs. player competition, the strategy is more complex than that for stroke play. In Stroke Play, the golfer plays against the golf course and a large field of other golfers. In Match Play, the golfer plays directly against one opponent who is watching and plotting against you. In addition to managing your own game, you need to know what is going on in the match so you can plan your shots accordingly.

In a stroke play competition, all putts are holed out and counted for score. In match play, conceded putts are part of the strategy of the game, and can also be a gracious thing to do, entirely at the choice of the giver.

The Sergio Mistake

Last Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Dell Technologies 2019 Match Play World Golf Championships, Sergio Garcia had a 7-foot putt for par to win the par 3, 7th hole and square his match against Matt Kuchar who was in the hole with a bogey. Garcia missed the putt and in haste, and overcome with frustration swiped at the 4-inch putt which lipped out for a double bogey. Kuchar took a 2-up lead in the match.

This scenario of missing a “gimme” putt has probably happened to most golfers with the result that they carry the shame and anger with them for the next few holes. Sergio was no different as he missed another par putt at the 8th hole and then took a full angry swing at the ball with his putter. At the 9th hole he drove his tee ball way right and lost the hole. Walking up the 10th fairway Garcia released his anger by telling Kuchar exactly what he thought about not having the 4-inch putt conceded. Garcia calmed down enough to win the 10th hole, birdied 15 and 16 but lost the match 2-down.

Emotions in Match Play

Match play can easily play with your emotions. Golf demands emotional control for consistency. Control of your emotions is the most important part of your mental game. Your emotions can move you closer to, or further away from your goals.

Anger is a natural expression indicating we are experiencing internal conflict. Usually we get angry because things don’t go our way. When the putt that we know we can make doesn’t come off as planned, the frustration and anger surface. We feel afraid that we have lost control of the situation and feel unworthy. To release the emotion of frustration, exhale forcibly the vibration of that anger you are holding within.

Anger is an example of an unconscious behavior habit. In golf it is important to experience the feeling and then release the thought that connects with it as soon as possible so you don’t carry it over to the following holes. Criticizing and judging yourself causes a mental or emotional down-slide as your reactions can easily become magnified and erode your self-confidence.

When your emotions are out of control on the golf course, it is a perfect time to analyze and change your beliefs that are causing the distress so it won’t happen again. The same negative beliefs will probably cause you problems in your off-course life also.

Play “in the zone” with Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances

To train your brain to play your best golf, listen to Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CDs in the privacy of your own home, available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to control your emotions and maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

“THE HEART OF GOLF” guide book for transforming your life and golf game

is available now on Amazon and Kindle

https://amzn.to/2MQzjfq

All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Rules of Golf Modernized

There are now three versions of The Rules of Golf:

  1. The standard “full length” Rules book.
  2. The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf (for rules officials and committee members).
  3. The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf.

In consultation with other golf bodies in the world, the USGA and R&A review, revise and print the Rules of Golf every four years. The last edition was in 2016. The single set of Rules applies to players of all abilities and to both professionals and amateurs. The last complete review of the Rules of Golf was done in 1984.

Beginning in 2012 the USGA and R&A gave The Rules an extensive review in order to modernize them for easier understanding and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers. The review included feedback from amateur golfers and PGA Professionals. The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf has been reduced from 34 to 24 pages with 10 less rules, and is written in the second person point of view. The new Rules of Golf went into effect on January 1, 2019.

It is your responsibility to know the Rules and to use them to your advantage instead of to your game’s disadvantage.

Here are some of the most important changes for you to have in mind that will directly affect your golf game:

Accidental Ball Movement

There are no longer penalties for accidental movement of the ball on the putting green, for accidental deflections, or for accidentally moving a ball while searching for it.

Double Hit

No penalty for accidentally hitting the ball more than once during a stroke. 

Making Repairs

Golfers are now allowed to fix damage on the putting green. In addition to fixing ball marks and old hole plugs, spike marks can now be tamped down.

Pace of Play

The rule of allowing five minutes to search for a lost ball has been reduced to a three-minute maximum. When it is your turn, be ready to hit your next shot within 40 seconds.

Bunker Changes

Loose impediments can now be removed from bunkers without a penalty.

Ball Drop

The ball must be dropped straight down from knee height (the height of the player’s knee when in a standing position).

Unattended Flagstick

No penalty if a ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick in hole.

Penalty Areas

In drop areas players can ground their club, take practice swings hitting the ground, and remove loose impediments.

Playing Out of Turn in Stroke Play

No penalty for playing out of turn, and “ready golf” is encouraged when it can be done in a safe and responsible way. 

Stroke & Distance Penalty

A Local Rule can be instituted for an alternative to the stroke and distance penalty allowing a player who has not played a provisional ball to get a ball back in play, even in the fairway, for a two stroke penalty.

The rules changes were made to streamline The Rules, still keeping the core principles that you play the course as you find it, play the ball as it lies, and call penalties on yourself if you get them.

You can access further simplified changes on the USGA website at https://bit.ly/2CbsIbu.

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To train your brain to play your best golf, listen pre-season to affirming Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CDs in the privacy of your own home, available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances” explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

THE HEART OF GOLF is available now on Amazon and Kindle

https://amzn.to/2MQzjfq

All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

 

 

 

 

What are your golf intentions for 2019?

“Create Your Future With Your Intention*

Based on your present conscious intentions, you determine what your future will be. You have the ability to create whatever you wish to experience. When you choose your intention, you have started the creative process to make it happen. It is the simple process of focusing your attention on what you want by letting go of the energies of what you do not want. If unwanted thoughts come to mind, choose to change them to what you do desire. Make choices for your highest good. Clear your mind by removing fear and limiting thoughts about yourself and your abilities.

When you give 100% intention and attention to creating a golf shot, the opportunity is realized. It is important to be clear about your intention so the energy attracted to it will be positive and for your highest good of self-realization. When you let go of unwanted energies like fear and anger, and replace them with joy and love, you have created a clear positive intention that manifests what you desire.

The Principle of Intention

The principle of intention shows us that the results aren’t the problem. Become aware of your intention and you can create a different outcome. This means doing only those things which originate from the truth of who you are. Whatever your situation is right now, you have played a major role in setting it up. It is you who have created your circumstances. With every experience you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice. And beneath each of those thoughts and choices lies your deepest intention.

What is your real intention?

Your intention and desire can create a better life and a better golf game. And when you don’t examine your intention, you often end up with consequences that block your progress. If you change your intentions, you create different consequences. When you make choices that honor who you are and you begin believing in the greatest version of yourself, you’ll get exactly what your Creator intended for you—the chance to reach your greatest potential.

When you were learning the mechanics of the golf swing, motor skill by motor skill, you had to think about how to do it. Now is the time to move from the analytical, thinking process into producing a golf swing that is more of a reflex action. The more you practice it in your mind using your senses of feeling, seeing and trusting, the more automatic it will be. This is the way you learned to drive a car.

After you had practiced and learned how to drive a car, you no longer thought about your foot on the gas and break pedals, or your hands on the steering wheel. You were then only concerned with reacting to the road.  

When you begin to trust your golf swing, you will have let go of judging your performance. As a youngster you learned the difficult task of tying the laces on your shoes. After much practice you could put on your shoes and tie the laces without thinking about how to do it. If the laces weren’t perfectly symmetrical, you accepted that they were tied and didn’t unlace and tie them again. There was no judgment. You successfully completed your intention to tie the laces. “

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? You would stop judging and trust that you would be successful. You would stop worrying about the results. Remember when you expected to break 100 for the first time, or shoot a certain score, it took several tries. You probably considered it a failure when it didn’t happen when you expected it. Know that because of your effort, and trust, you will create an even lower score because you let go of the fear of failure, enjoyed being in the process of playing, and allowed yourself to be successful.

*Excerpts are from Chapter 1; Create Your Intention, from “THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances”

© PositiveMentalImagery 2019 – All Rights Reserved

Play “in the zone” with Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances

To train your brain to play your best golf, listen to Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CDs in the privacy of your own home, available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

THE HEART OF GOLF is available now on Amazon and Kindle

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All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

CREATE THE GOLF GAME YOU DESIRE IN 2019

The New Year has begun and no matter where you live, now would be a grand time to do something different. Begin the magical process of creating the golf game that you have always dreamed of having.

I have enjoyed working with golfers for the past 26 years because they are so enthusiastic about improving their golf games and will try (or buy) anything that they think will lower their scores and handicaps.

Upgrade Your Mental Game

We all have individual golf swings and we all have individual mental habits that keep us from playing at our peak performance level. Do you still have excess baggage in the form of fear, anxiety and worry that you are carrying with you to the golf course? Until you let go of old beliefs that cause these emotions your game will suffer.

As the cartoon character Pogo said, “We have found the enemy and he is us.” The more you know yourself, the happier you will be, and the better your golf game will be.

When you master something, you know how to do it without thinking about it. In golf we call it “being in the zone.” The most important thing you can ever learn in your life is to trust and allow. The more you tap into allowing (instead of controlling), the stronger it becomes and what you desire happens more often. What you want to feel is to feel free so you can enjoy playing instead of struggling to accomplish some goal.

Do something different

1. Golfers like to win. Winning is tied into your self worth. When you have an attachment to your score, it affects your self worth. Are you sabotaging yourself with a fear of failure of not achieving your desired outcome?

2. Feeling guilty about not being good enough is the disconnect from your authentic self. Thinking about feeling guilty takes you down the fear path. Is it worth continuing to hold on to regrets and suffer the negative emotions generated by it? Forgiveness sets you free from the past and from recreating similar experiences.

3. What are you looking for? Fill yourself up with positive feelings of success. Visualize yourself as the golfer you have always dreamed of becoming. Imagine this compelling vision daily for 30 days and you will have changed the habit of limiting fearful thoughts into personal enjoyment.

4. Trust your intuition in making decisions. If something doesn’t feel right to you, trust this. Intuition is your innate ability to know what to do without having to consciously think about it. Intuition is the language of your heart which is the true connection to your authentic self.

5. Transform yourself by moving out of your comfort zone of self doubt. You are the only thinker in your brain. Step out of your own way. Recognize your limiting thoughts and overcome them with positive, self assuring beliefs about yourself and your abilities.

6. To create space for what you truly desire, allow yourself to let go of what is no longer working for you. Create an uplifting attitude that good things are coming to you and more will come sometime in the next year.

7. Connecting your mind, body, heart and spirit is the formula for the grand possibility of a wonderful, abundant, healthy year to come.

8. Give your golf game a fresh start by trusting that you have within you all you will ever require for your whole golf game. Write, direct and star in the movie of your life. Have fun with your golf game, your life, and have fun with yourself by creating 2019 as your best year ever.

Play “in the zone” with Joan

Entrain Your Heart & Mind for Peak Performances

To train your brain to play your best golf, listen to Positive Mental Imagery self-hypnosis guided imagery CDs in the privacy of your own home. Available at www.pmi4.com/cart

If you aren’t able to maintain trust and belief in yourself on the golf course, email Joan at pmi4@bellsouth.net or call 828.696.2547 for a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation about developing a new strategy. Learn what is missing in your golf game so you can achieve the success you desire.

“THE HEART OF GOLF, Access Your Supreme Intelligence for Peak Performances” explores and explains negative emotions such as fear and performance anxiety, the four Cs of mind blockage, the four progressive stages of learning the supreme intelligence of the heart, and the way to access the zone in competition. It is a player’s guide for developing your true inner self by returning to the joy and love of self instead of seeking praise and rewards from the outside world.

This guide book for transforming your life and golf game is available on Amazon and Kindle http://amzn.to/2znB4tN All royalties will be donated to Junior Golf!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

As 2018 comes to a close, I would like to thank you for being a reader of my mental golf blog. It is my mission to offer emotional and mental support on and off the golf course so you can play golf with the utmost personal enjoyment and success.

I will resume sending the blog in January. The off season is a wonderful way to gain insight into yourself and your mental game performance skills before the golf season begins. I look forward to providing new information and working with you again in 2019.

May this be a holiday season when all those you love have laughter and warmth and sweet memories to share. Best wishes for the happiest, healthiest and most successful of New Years….from your Mental Golf Coach!

Joan King, BCH, NLP

Peak Performance Strategist

NGH Board Certified Hypnotist

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Manage your anger and frustration on the golf course

The following article was published this week on Womens Golf emagazine at https://www.womensgolf.com/anger

4 Ways to Manage Your Anger and Frustration on the Golf Course

Try these proven mental strategies from Joan King the next time you feel your anger, stress, and frustration rising on the golf course.

LESSONSMENTAL GAMEAUTHORS

As every player knows, golf is played in the mind as much as it is with the body. Controlling your mood and managing the inevitable frustrations that are part of the game is critical if you plan to improve your scoring, and most importantly enjoy your time on the golf course.

Here are some questions I frequently get asked by the golfers I work with.

Q1   WHEN I HIT ONE BAD SHOT, I GET ANGRY AND THEN HIT A SERIES OF BAD SHOTS. HOW CAN I STOP DOING THAT?

Your anger may come from having unrealistic expectations. Every golfer has hit “the perfect shot” and hopes to duplicate it every time. This is an expectation that is impossible to deliver. A good attitude to adopt is that golf is not a game of perfection, but rather a game based on your real ability, and how well you meet the challenge of recovering from missed shots.

Watching the world’s best golfers on weekend TV can distort your perception. The telecasts show the players who are playing at their peak potential that week and often only show their best shots. We then expect that we should duplicate what we see. To keep it in perspective, look at the stats for the entire field. For instance, an average field of pros “get it up and down” only 50% of the time out of a greenside bunker.

Another unrealistic expectation of most amateurs is based on the maximum distance they can hit each club. A golfer who can hit a 6-iron 130 yards on her best day under perfect conditions, will hit that club every time she is around 130 yards from the target. As a result, her approach shots are often short where most of the trouble is. A more realistic approach would be to take one more club and hit to the middle/back of the green and avoid the bunkers.

Choosing a low-percentage shot when there are safer options can result in anger and frustration when you fail to pull off the “miracle shot.” Don’t expect good results from a low-percentage shot if you haven’t practiced it enough to be confident of success.

The best expectation to have on the golf course is that you are there to have a good time and enjoy yourself!

Q2   WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP FROM GETTING STRESSED WHEN I’M PLAYING?

Begin to monitor the chatter that might be going on inside your head. We all have self-talk that goes on constantly. The banter on the first tee is a verbal indication of what golfers are saying to themselves such as, “I haven’t played in a week (so don’t expect me to play well), or “My handicap just went up (because I am playing terribly)“. These are examples of negative self-talk which sabotage your golf game.

Begin to see the game (and yourself) the way you would like it to be. Talk to yourself as if you were the finest caddy on a pro tour. A good caddy’s job is to reinforce your self-worth, remind you of past successes, help you to think clearly, and keep you relaxed and calm. Treat yourself as if you were talking to your best friend, encouraging her and pointing out her good traits and successes. As you give yourself positive affirmations, breathe deeply to create a feeling of relaxation and acceptance. Also, adopt the attitude that you can improve and that you believe in yourself and in your ability.

Brittany and Brooke Henderson discuss a shot at the 2018 CME Group LPGA Tour Championship 2018 | Photo: Ben Harpring

Q3   HOW CAN I BE LESS FRUSTRATED ON THE GOLF COURSE AND ENJOY IT MORE?

Frustration on the golf course could be the result of unrealistic expectations. When you set standards of perfection that are unattainable, you will constantly experience failure. It is important to acknowledge that you will hit bad shots. Blaming yourself and feeling badly only increases the chances that you will make even more mistakes. When you associate your feelings of self-worth with your ability to avoid mistakes you will be on an emotional roller coaster. You will feel more relaxed and experience less pressure if you do not demand perfection from yourself. The more you replay your missed shots in your mind, the more you deplete your self-esteem.

Realize that you cannot change your missed shots, but you can change your thoughts that upset you. Life or a round of golf is very seldom all good or all bad. Don’t make your missed golf shots the central theme of your thoughts. Reverse that kind of thinking and focus only on the good shots that you have hit.

Q4   HOW CAN I HAVE TRANQUILITY ON THE GOLF COURSE WHEN THINGS ARE NOT GOING QUITE AS THEY SHOULD?

To regain tranquility on the golf course is a simple matter of remembering that golf is played in the present. When you have expectations of yourself such as hitting a perfect shot every time or shooting a certain score, you are not in the present time. Play one shot at a time and give each shot the same amount of attention.

Tranquility is a state of being where you are at peace with yourself and the world around you. If you are upset with the way things are going and you lose your confidence, focus on breathing out the tension and breathing in calm and relaxation. When you are calm and centered inside yourself, visualize successful shots you have made either that day or in the past. Replay them over and over in your mind, feeling the good physical and emotional feelings until you are confident once again.

Golf is a game, but it is a challenging game mentally. Keep some of these simple strategies in mind the next time you begin to feel stressed, frustrated, or angry on the golf course.

Joan

Feature photo of Sung Hyun Park at the 2018 KEB Hana Bank Championship by Ben Harpring

ALL ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan King

Joan King, BCH, Peak Performance Strategist, Master Sports Hypnotist & NLP Practitioner, founded Positive Mental Imagery, a mental sports consulting firm in 1992 in Florida. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and Joan is Board Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists as a Sports and Clinical Hypnotherapist.

A low handicap senior amateur golfer, Joan has competed in state, national and international championships, including qualifying for nine USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, and three Canadian Senior Ladies Amateur Championships.

Ms. King has taught thousands of amateurs, junior tournament golfers and LPGA and PGA professionals how to understand the mind-body-spirit equation for peak performances.

Visit Joan King’s website at positivementalimagery.com where she writes monthly articles on the mental side of golf. You can also follow Joan on Twitter and Facebook.

Joan can also be contacted by phone on 828-696-2547.

All of Joan’s articles on WomensGolf.com