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Effective  G olf

Mindset

 

5 Easy  Stages
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A  process  for  those  who  know  that  they  can  play  golf  
and  wish  play  to  their  capability  more  often  

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How  to  build  an  effective  golf  mindset  in  
five  easy  stages  
Getting  started  (page  4)  
1.
2.
3.
4.

What  do  we  mean  by  the  term  ‘effective  golf  mindset’  
Assess  the  state  of  your  current  golf  mindset  
Testing  your  self-­‐awareness    
Being  prepared  for  the  journey  

Benefits  of  an  ‘effective  golf  mindset’  (page  6)  
1.
2.
3.
4.

Result  feels  just  great  and  ‘right’  for  you  
More  enjoyment  from  your  golf  
Your  handicap  improves  
Exciting  horizons  open  up  that  can  take  you  into  new  golfing  
directions  
5. Your  resilience  increases  in  ways  that  help  you  deal  
effectively  with  the  hazards  that  exist  in  every  round  of  golf  
6. Your  relationships  on  and  off  the  course  improve  
Stage  1  –  Knowing  what  you  want  to  put  into  and  get  from  your  golf  
(page  7)  
1. Every  round  of  golf  requires  an  appropriate  degree  of  ‘vision  
and  focus’  therefore  the  first  step  is  to  decide  how  
committed  you  are  to  get  and  maintain  ‘the  mindset’    
2. You  also  need  to  identify  the  key  areas  that  would  improve  
your  golf  
3. An  important  step  is  to  identify  goals  that  you  believe  you  
can  achieve  
4. Looking  for  ways  to  learn  how  to  acquire  the  right  mindset  
for  you  
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5. Learning  the  power  of  not  being  deflected  by  the  ‘games  of  
others’  
Stage  2  –  Identifying  your  golf  mindset  strengths  and  needs  (page  9)  
1. What  do  you  do  (how  do  you  behave)  that  means  you  play  
effective  golf  
2. What  do  you  do  (how  do  you  behave)  that  means  your  golf  is  
not  effective  
3. Identify  the  things  that  trigger  your  use  of  either  set  of  
behaviour  
4. Explore  the  process  that  leads  up  to  the  triggers  
5. Learn  to  put  in  place  diverting  tactics  to  keep  your  effective  
golfing  mindset  
Stage  3  –  Choosing  between  the  effective  and  ineffective  
behaviours  (page12)  
1. Being  absolutely  clear  about  what  you  really  want  from  your  
golf  
2. Aligning  your  strengths  to  achieve  the  results  you  want  from  
your  golf  
3. Building  on  your  strengths  by  connecting  with  the  strengths  
of  kindred  souls  
4. Making  plans  to  deal  with  the  issues  that  inevitably  arise  
from  our  use  of  effective  and  ineffective  behaviours  that  
impact  our  performance  on  the  golf  course  
5. Learn  strategies  to  deal  with  issues  that  may  arise  
Stage  4  –  Putting  it  all  together  (page  15)  
1. Discovering  what  can  make  your  golf  mindset  really  
constructive  and  fun  
2. Bringing  excitement  into  each  round  of  golf  
3. Knowing  how  to  bring  your  strengths  into  play  when  required  
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4. Learning  the  best  ways  to  ‘get  on’  with  relationships  on  and  
off  the  course  
5. Know  how  to  capture  the  essential  factors  that  make  your  
golf  really  effective  
Stage  5  –  Working  at  developing  your  effective  golf  mindset  (page  
18)  
1. Charting  the  events  and  activities  that  will  keep  the  golf  
mindset  ‘alive’  and  ‘exciting’  
2. Looking  for  ways  to  continue  to  improve  your  strengths  
alignment  
3. Explore  new  ventures  that  could  strengthen  your  effective  
golf  mindset  
4. Review  each  round  on  how  well  your  effective  golf  mindset  is  
developing  
5. Keep  your  ‘antenna’  open  to  pick  up  on  issues  that  you  need  
to  deal  with  to  keep  your  golf  mindset  on  a  constructive  track  
 
 

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Getting  started  
1. What  do  we  mean  by  the  term  ‘effective  golf  mindset’  
Most  golfers  have  at  times  brilliant  and  at  other  times  disastrous  
rounds.  The  majority  of  rounds  have  many  good  shots  however  too  
many  shots  are  just  wasted  with  the  associated  frustration  of  not  
playing  to  one’s  capability.  
An  effective  golf  mindset  means  you  are  able  to  vision  the  shot  and  
focus,  focus,  focus  on  the  effective  relentless  execution  of  your  shots  
in  a  way  that  improves  your  scores.  Picture  the  shot,  focus  the  
mindset  and  watch  the  pars,  birdies,  eagles  !!  
 
2. Assess  the  state  of  your  current  golf  mindset  
Think  about  your  recent  rounds  of  golf.    Where  was  your  mind?  Was  
it  on  the  golf  course  and  thinking  about  your  shots?  Or  was  it  still  at  
work,  at  home,  thinking  about  your  partner,  your  children…  or  
anything  except  your  golf?  
 
Your  mind  needs  to  be  where  you  are  –  focused  on  the  current  round  
of  golf  and  on  the  shot  you  are  playing  –  always.  Not  focused  on  your  
last  shot,  not  on  other  golfing  colleagues.  Also  what  do  you  really  
think  about  your  golf  capability?  As  we  know  what  we  think  often  
becomes  reality.      
 
 
 
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3. Testing  your  self-­‐awareness    
Feedback  on  a  golf  shot  is  available  in  nano  seconds  after  you  have  
struck  the  ball.    However  we  are  not  always  aware  of  why  we  strike  
‘good’  or  ‘bad’  shots  often  blaming  the  lie,  the  club,  the  run  of  the  
fairway  or  green  etc.  Too  often  it  is  because  we  have  not  focused  in  a  
single-­‐minded  way  on  the  shot  and  its  execution…  including  keeping  
our  head/eye  still  and  on  the  ball  …  until  the  stroke  has  been  
completed.  This  process  does  not  have  to  take  a  lot  of  time  however  
it  does  require  absolute  concentration  –  a  focused  mindset!!  Don’t  
allow  your  mind  to  be  deflected  or  allow  doubts  about  your  golfing  
capability  to  creep  in.  
 
Test  yourself  awareness  during  your  next  round  by  consciously  noting  
where  your  mind  is  focused  when  you  are  scanning  the  direction  for  
the  shot,  making  your  choice  of  club  and  DURING  THE  EXECUTION  OF  
THE  SHOT.    
 
4. Being  prepared  for  the  journey  
The  journey  is  your  control  of  your  mind.    Your  mind  can  wander  
wherever  it  wants  to  during  the  round  however  it  needs  to  be  
absolutely  controlled  and  focused  for  the  few  seconds/minutes  it  
takes  for  each  shot.  

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Benefits  of  an  ‘effective  golf  mindset’  
1. Result  feels  just  great  and  ‘right’  for  you  
Scoring  your  card  is  a  pleasure  and  you  feel  good  with  what  you  have  
achieved  
2. More  enjoyment  from  your  golf  
Knowing  what  to  do  to  make  your  golf  work  for  you  and  relishing  the  
joy  of  achieving  a  super  round  of  golf.  
3. Your  handicap  improves  
A  lower  handicap  is  an  aspiration  of  most  golfers.    Even  if  this  means  
they  have  to  ‘give  away’  more  shots!  
4. Exciting  horizons  open  up  that  can  take  you  into  new  golfing  
directions  
Confidence  in  your  golf  can  open  the  doors  to  play  (win)  more  
competitions  and/or  conquer  more  challenging  courses.  
5. Your  resilience  increases  in  ways  that  help  you  deal  effectively  with  
the  hazards  that  exist  in  every  round  of  golf  
Knowing  that  you  can  quickly  get  your  golf  back  on  track  can  help  to  
minimise  the  impact  of  the  occasional  ‘bad  bounce’.  
6. Your  relationships  on  and  off  the  course  improve  
You  begin  to  use  less  of  your  ‘bad  mood’  behaviour  thus  encouraging  
people  to  want  to  be  with  you  as  your  company  is  enjoyable.  

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Stage  1  –  Knowing  what  you  want  to  put  into  
and  get  from  your  golf  
1. Every  round  of  golf  requires  an  appropriate  degree  of  ‘vision  and  
focus’  therefore  the  first  step  is  to  decide  how  committed  you  are  
to  get  and  maintain  ‘the  mindset’          
 Knowing/doing  syndrome  means  that  we  know  what  we  need  to  do  
however  in  practice  we  do  not  do  it.    Acquiring  the  focused  golf  
mindset  requires  commitment  and  practice.  This  is  not  a  tacit  –  yeah,  
right!    It  is  OK  I  really  do  want  to  improve  my  golf  and  I  will  give  this  
100%  as  I  believe  I  am  capable  of  making  this  change  to  my  
behaviour.  
 
2. You  also  need  to  identify  the  key  areas  that  would  improve  your  
golf          
Think  about  recent  rounds  of  golf  and  identify  where  you  are  losing  
most  shots.  Be  honest  about  the  reasons  and  test  these.  If  you  think  
that  you  need  to  have  further  lessons  to  improve  your  technique  
then  do  this  with  clarity  about  what  you  feel  you  need  to  improve.  
However  it  may  be  that  you  do  have  the  technique  but  because  of  
your  wandering  mindset  lack  effective  execution  of  the  shot.    
 
3. An  important  step  is  to  identify  goals  that  you  believe  you  can  
achieve        
How  important  is  it  to  improve  your  golf  compared  with  other  
important  areas  of  your  life.    We  all  have  finite  time  and  identifying  
goals  that  we  can  achieve  sets  us  on  a  course  for  success.  However  if  
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we  are  stressed  because  we  are  trying  to  juggle  too  many  important  
priorities,  we  are  likely  to  set  ourselves  up  for  failure.    Set  yourself  
realistic  goals.  
 
4. Looking  for  ways  to  learn  how  to  acquire  the  right  mindset  for  you      
We  all  concentrate  in  our  own  way.    Most  of  us  have  (or  have  had)  
situations  requiring  us  to  focus  and  apply  our  capability  to  the  task  in  
hand  in  order  to  achieve  the  desired  result.    Think  about  what  
worked  for  you  and  how  this  could  be  applied  to  your  golf  mindset.  
 
5. Learning  the  power  of  not  being  deflected  by  the  ‘games  of  others’      
Competitive  golfers  (are  there  any  other  kind?!)  often  feel  a  need  to  
make  remarks  designed  to  adversely  impact  the  golf  game  of  those  
playing  well.    Recognise  this  will  happen,  smile  and  reconnect  with  
your  focused  mindset  for  your  next  shot  and  the  one  after  that.      
Feeling  tempted  to  play  such  games  yourself  can  deflect  from  your  
ability  to  concentrate  on  your  game.  Instead  just  keep  your  mindset  
focused.  
 
 

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Stage  2  –  Identifying  your  golf  mindset  
strengths  and  needs  
1. What  do  you  do  (how  do  you  behave)  that  means  you  play  effective  
golf  
Playing  effective  golf  starts  before  we  set  foot  on  the  course.  We  
need  to  be  physically,  mentally,  socially  and  spiritually  fit  for  purpose.    
Physically  –  if  you  have  over-­‐eaten  or  under-­‐eaten  before  you  play  
this  will  affect  your  concentration.    Mentally  –  where  is  your  mind?  
Have  you  parked  all  your  thoughts  unrelated  to  golf  and  left  them  in  
the  car  park  or  the  clubhouse?    Socially  –  are  you  ready  to  engage  
positively  with  your  partners  whatever  your  thoughts  are  about  their  
golf  and  their  behaviour.  Spiritually  –  are  you  centred  and  feeling  
good  about  the  golf  course  environment.  Look  around  and  create  
your  state  of  readiness  for  ‘good  round’.    During  the  round,  keep  
your  focus  and  your  positive  mindset.  Feel  your  mindset  strengthen  
each  time  you  strike  a  ball  well.  After  the  round  celebrate  your  
improvement  and  achievement.  
 
2. What  do  you  do  (how  do  you  behave)  that  means  your  golf  is  not  
effective  
Thinking  about  the  standard  of  golf  of  other  players  is  one  of  the  key  
behaviours  that  can  make  our  own  golf  ineffective.    They  may  have  a  
higher  or  lower  handicap.  So  what?  By  allowing  this  to  become  an  
issue  in  our  mind,  we  are  deflecting  our  mindset  from  our  own  game.    
Comparing  ourselves  to  others  usually  results  in  feelings  of  

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inadequacy  or  elation  and  in  turn  often  adversely  impacts  our  shots.  
The  only  shots  you  can  control  are  yours.  
 
3. Identify  the  things  that  trigger  your  use  of  either  set  of  behaviour  
Using  your  effective  or  ineffective  behaviour  is  your  choice.  Think  
about  the  situations  where  you  have  been  feeling  buoyant  about  
your  golf  game  before  and/or  during  the  round.  Suddenly  this  
reverses  –  what  happened,  who  did  what  and  why.  By  becoming  
more  aware  of  the  things  that  trigger  a  change  in  your  behaviour,  you  
can  quickly  keep  yourself  in  the  positive  focused  mindset  zone.    
 
4. Explore  the  process  that  leads  up  to  the  triggers  
Sometimes  the  triggers  that  impact  our  behaviour  come  out  of  ‘left  
field’.    Other  times  they  are  more  predictable  as  they  have  become  a  
habitual  pattern  of  behaviour  e.g.  usual  repartee  with  our  golfing  
partners.  Many  golfers  have  tried  and  tested  methods  of  destabilising  
(albeit  in  fun!!)  other  golfers  so  they  do  not  play  their  best  game.  At  
other  times  we  do  it  to  ourselves  through  the  messages  that  we  
listen  to  in  our  head  that  remind  us  of  previous  failure  or  success.  
 
5. Learn  to  put  in  place  diverting  tactics  to  keep  your  effective  golfing  
mindset  
The  first  step  is  to  recognise  that  things  happen  that  will  trigger  our  
behaviour  to  become  more  or  less  effective.    By  being  aware  of  this,  
the  key  is  to  capitalise  on  those  triggers  that  keep  us  using  our  
positive  effective  behaviours  i.e.  you  know  how  you  can  trigger  
yourself  into  this  state.    The  opposite  is  to  recognise  your  
vulnerability  to  other  things  that  happen  including  other  people’s  
behaviour  that  trigger  you  into  negative  less  effective  behaviour.      
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By  knowing  that  you  are  able  to  refocus  yourself  quickly  into  your  
effective  golf  mindset  this  will  lessen  any  adverse  impact  on  your  
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Stage  3  –  Choosing  between  the  effective  and  
ineffective  behaviours  
1. Being  absolutely  clear  about  what  you  really  want  from  your  golf  
Your  golfing  capability  will  be  affected  by  what  you  say  and  do  on  and  
off  the  course.  It  indicates  the  priority  it  has  in  your  life.  The  time  you  
are  prepared  to  invest  in  practising  and  playing  the  game.  How  much  
do  you  want  to  improve  your  handicap?  Or  are  the  relationships  with  
other  golfers  and  club  members  are  more  important  than  your  
standard  of  golf?  
 
How  you  think  of  yourself  as  a  golfer  –  aspiring  Tiger  Woods,  good  
club  player,  social  player  etc.  will  translate  into  the  reality  of  how  you  
play  each  round  of  golf.    So  think  about  what  you  really  want  from  
your  golf  and  align  your  life  to  this.  
 
2. Aligning  your  strengths  to  achieve  the  results  you  want  from  your  
golf  
Most  of  us  will  achieve  the  best  results  when  we  align  our  strengths  
to  what  we  want  to  achieve.    So  once  you  are  clear  what  you  want  
from  your  golf  review  your  strengths  and  identify  those  that  will  help  
you  to  achieve  your  goals.  
 
 
 
 
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3. Building  on  your  strengths  by  connecting  with  the  strengths  of  
kindred  souls  
Most  of  us  have  a  preferred  way  of  doing  things  and  have  honed  our  
strengths  overtime  to  support  these  practices.      
Kindred  souls  may  be  individuals  who  have  similar  strengths  to  your  
own  or  complementary  strengths.    Usually  relationships  with  such  
individuals  are  easy,  enjoyable  and  productive  in  that  the  strengths  
of  each  other  are  developed  and  become  more  resilient.    Energy  
flows  as  there  is  mutual  understanding,  support  and  constructive  
challenge  to  achieve  the  results  each  wants  to  achieve.  
 
4. Making  plans  to  deal  with  the  issues  that  inevitably  arise  from  our  
use  of  effective  and  ineffective  behaviours  that  impact  our  
performance  on  the  golf  course  
Once  we  are  clear  what  we  want  to  achieve  from  our  golf,  it  is  
probably  not  too  surprising  that  we  begin  to  make  an  informed  
choice  to  use  effective  behaviours  aligned  to  achieving  this  outcome.    
 
Also  we  are  much  more  aware  of  our  own  ability  to  ‘shoot  ourselves  
in  the  foot’  through  our  own  ineffective  behaviour.  We  just  need  to  
discipline  ourselves  to  make  the  choice  to  use  effective  behaviours  or  
accept  the  consequences  of  the  adverse  impact  on  our  golf  if  we  do  
not.  The  challenge  is  to  get  back  on  track  quickly  if  one  is  tempted  to  
use  ineffective  behaviour  by  refocusing  the  mindset.  
 
5. Learn  strategies  to  deal  with  issues  that  may  arise  
-­‐ Respond,  do  not  react  i.e.  when  issues  arise,  take  time  to  think  
(albeit  a  nano  second)  so  that  your  response  does  not  make  the  
situation  worse  (for  your  golf)  
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Focus  on  your  golf  agenda  and  do  not  allow  yourself  to  be  
deflected    
Do  not  get  involved  with  issues  that  are  not  your  concern  or  not  
important  to  you  
Be  assertive  –  not  aggressive  or  passive  –  when  responding  so  
that  you  stay  in  control  of  yourself  and  the  situation  
Ask  questions  to  clarify  and  do  not  assume  that  you  know  
everything  about  the  issue  
Do  raise  issues  assertively  and  get  them  resolved  when  they  are  
important  to  you  
Remember  individuals  (and  you)  will  always  have  their  own  
perception  of  an  issue  and  thereby  their  reality  about  what  has  
happened  and  needs  to  be  done  
Always  use  your  strengths  and  your  effective  behaviours  to  deal  
with  issues;  to  not  be  influenced  or  manipulated  into  using  
ineffective  behaviours  through  the  inappropriate  behaviour  of  
others  
Above  all,  do  not  let  issues  deflect  you  from  your  golf  mindset  
when  you  are  playing  a  stroke!!  
 
 

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Stage  4  –  Putting  it  all  together  
1. Discovering  what  can  make  your  golf  mindset  really  constructive  
and  fun  
Adopting  the  focused  mindset  becomes  a  fun  habit  once  you  begin  to  
experience  the  improvements  it  brings  to  your  golf.  Each  round  
becomes  more  pleasurable  both  from  the  points  of  view  of  your  golf  
score  and  your  mood.    The  results  achieved  through  using  the  golf  
mindset  are  likely  to  also  impact  positively  on  your  life  off  the  golf  
course.    Overall  you  begin  to  see  its  use  as  a  very  constructive  power  
in  your  life.  
 
2. Bringing  excitement  into  each  round  of  golf  
Using  the  focused  golf  mindset  is  like  having  a  hidden  weapon.  It  is  
only  visible  to  others  through  your  golf  shots  and  the  improvements  
to  your  game.    You  are  more  likely  to  start  each  round  energised  and  
confident  and  a  wee  bit  excited  about  what  you  know  you  can  
achieve.  The  previous  ‘before  and  after’  experiences  of  each  round  
that  had  unhelpful  stress  and  tension  would  be  replaced  by  a  sense  
of  achievement  and  enjoyment.  And  your  infectious  enjoyment  of  
the  game  should  have  a  positive  impact  on  your  colleague  players  to  
make  a  better  whole  experience  for  all.  
 
3. Knowing  how  to  bring  your  strengths  into  play  when  required  
Often  the  most  crucial  time  to  use  your  strengths  is  when  you  are  
under  challenge.    You  may  have  let  your  mind  wander  and  played  a  
‘bad  shot’  at  a  critical  time  that  has  impacted  on  your  score  and  
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possibly  that  of  your  partner/club  depending  on  the  actual  game  
being  played.    
Being  able  to  draw  on  your  strengths  to  steer  yourself  back  on  track  
quickly  is  part  of  the  power  of  the  focused  golf  mindset.  
 
4. Learning  the  best  ways  to  ‘get  on’  with  relationships  on  and  off  the  
course  
We  are  all  different.  The  key  to  effective  relationships  on  and  off  the  
golf  course  is  accepting,  and  not  being  deflected  by,  people  
‘differences’.  We  play  golf  at  a  different  pace.    We  take  no  practice  
swings,  or  many  practice  swings.  We  are  always  a  stickler  for  the  
rules  or  more  pragmatic  about  solutions  when  playing  with  ‘friends’.  
When  appropriate  we  ‘give  a  final  short  putt’  or  always  make  the  
person  putt  out.  Some  want  to  play  ready  golf  and  have  a  round  in  3  
hours.  Others  want  to  play  in  order  and  are  happy  with  a  5  hour  
round.  Competitions  have  set  rules.  Playing  weekday  or  weekend  golf  
can  have  more  tacit  rules.  Depending  on  whether  you  are  playing  in  a  
competition  or  not,  generally  golfers  get  to  choose  their  partners  for  
a  round  of  golf  –  and  how  much  time  they  invest  with  them  off  the  
course.    Choose  wisely.    
 
5. Know  how  to  capture  the  essential  factors  that  make  your  golf  
really  effective  
When  you  think  about  your  golf,  what  is  it  that  will  make  you  feel  
that  it  is  really  effective?    The  sorts  of  factors  to  think  about  include    
-­‐ sustaining  my  focused  golf  mindset  
-­‐ on-­‐going  improvement  to  my  handicap  
-­‐ effective  set  of  clubs  for  my  height,  weight,  game  
-­‐ effective  golf  techniques  for  all  strokes  
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effective  golfing  clothes  and  shoes  
condition  of  the  course(s)  throughout  the  year  
knowledge  and  understanding  of  how  to  play  all  the  different  
types  of  golf  games  and  score  these  
my  relationship  with  starters,  administrators  and  the  ground  
keeper  team  at  the  club  
my  relationships  with  other  players  whilst  playing  a  round  of  golf  
my  relationships  with  other  golf  club  members  
my  relationships  off  the  course  with  golfers  
my  relationships  off  the  course  with  non-­‐golfers  
the  balance  in  my  life  between  golf  and  other  activities  
belonging  to  the  ‘right’  club  
facilities  at  the  golf  club  –  changing  rooms,  restaurant,  bar,  sports  
TV  etc.  
club  and  interclub  competitions  
golfing  holidays  with  club  members  
availability  of  buggies  
availability  of  caddies  
reasonable  club  fees  membership,  guest,  public  
playing  a  round  of  golf  as  I  like  to  play  a  round  

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Stage  5  –  Working  at  developing  your  effective  
golf  mindset  
1. Charting  the  events  and  activities  that  will  keep  the  golf  mindset  
‘alive’  and  ‘exciting’  
Keeping  a  note  of  the  improved  results  from  using  the  golf  mindset  
will  reinforce  its  continued  use.    If  you  play  regularly  on  one  course,  
the  difference  in  your  scores  and  handicap  will  be  more  obvious.    By  
comparing  your  scores  you  will  be  able  to  see  the  difference  in  the  
score  for  particular  holes.  This  can  help  to  keep  your  focus  on  the  golf  
mindset  alive  and  exciting  as  you  face  each  new  round,  each  hole  and  
each  stroke.    This  should  help  you  to  feel  much  more  confident  in  
your  golf  and  as  a  consequence  see  an  improvement  in  your  ranking  
within  the  club  and  when  playing  competitions.  
 
2. Looking  for  ways  to  continue  to  improve  your  strengths  alignment  
‘Play  to  our  strengths’.    So  goes  the  old  adage.    Investing  time  trying  
to  improve  a  relatively  insignificant  ‘weak’  area  of  our  game  often  
does  not  give  us  the  same  rewards  as  further  concentration  on  our  
strengths.  Part  of  this  logic  is  that  sometimes  we  lose  focus  on  our  
strengths  by  trying  to  improve  the  small  percentage  weakness  in  our  
game.    To-­‐date  we  will  have  had  the  greatest  success  through  the  use  
of  our  strengths  and  this  usually  amounts  to  at  least  80%  of  our  
game.      If  we  can  increase  the  use  of  our  strengths  to  90%++  then  the  
weaker  areas  of  our  game  are  likely  to  have  less  and  less  affect.    
 
 
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3. Explore  new  ventures  that  could  strengthen  your  effective  golf  
mindset  
One  can  apply  focused  concentration  to  almost  any  area  of  your  life.    
If  you  think  about  when  you  have  achieved  in  the  past  this  is  usually  
because  you  made  up  your  mind  that  you  wanted  to  succeed  and  
equipped  yourself  to  do  this.    As  part  of  this  you  would  have  been  
consistently  testing  your  capability  –  however  you  were  probably  
determined  to  do  whatever  you  had  decided  to  do  to  the  best  of  your  
capability.    At  present  you  may  be  involved  in  new  ventures  –  new  
job,  new  hobby,  new  lifestyle  –  the  principles  and  practice  of  the  
focused  golf  mindset  can  be  applied  to  these  situations.    The  more  
this  way  of  thinking  and  doing  becomes  part  of  your  normal  way  of  
leading  your  life,  the  easier  it  will  be  to  apply  to  your  golf.  
 
4. Review  each  round  on  how  well  your  effective  golf  mindset  is  
developing  
Reviewing  how  well  your  effective  golf  mindset  is  developing  can  be  
as  detailed  or  cursory  as  you  wish.    Some  of  us  will  want  to  analyse  in  
detail  the  strokes  of  each  round  and  rank  them  in  terms  of  effective  
outcomes  and  the  application  of  the  golf  mindset.    For  others  it  will  
be  more  of  an  intuitive  feel  that  their  golf  is  improving  and  a  sense  of  
using  the  golf  mindset  more  often  with  positive  results.    The  
important  point  is  to  decide  what  works  for  you  in  terms  of  assessing  
your  progress.    If  you  do  not  do  this,  then  you  are  more  likely  to  drift  
and  not  use  the  golf  mindset  effectively.  No  feedback,  no  
reinforcement.  Why  bother?  
 
 

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5. Keep  your  ‘antenna’  open  to  pick  up  on  issues  that  you  need  to  deal  
with  to  keep  your  golf  mindset  on  a  constructive  track  
We  can  give  away  a  lot  of  our  power  to  others.  Every  time  we  allow  
them  to  influence  adversely  how  we  play  our  golf,  they  have  allowed  
them  to  take  our  power  from  us.  Be  alert  and  keep  a  mental  note  
when  this  happens  and  decide  how  you  will  handle  it  differently  next  
time  so  that  it  does  not  negatively  impact  your  golf.    
 
Equally  if  not  more  important  is  to  be  conscious  of  the  issues  that  
reinforce  our  constructive  use  of  the  golf  mindset.    Try  and  be  in  this  
zone  more  often.    Mix  with  people  /  join  in  situations  that  leave  you  
feeling  positive.    Most  people  are  supportive  and  enjoy  ‘good’  golf  
being  played.    They  will  genuinely  compliment  other  players  on  
effective  shots  and  feel  good  about  their  achievements.    This  is  very  
good  practice  for  you  too.    Appropriate  encouragement,  praise  and  
support  to  fellow  golfers  can  help  your  own  golf  performance.  
Know  that  you  can  play  golf  and  play  to  your  capability  more  often.  

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