Golf's Mental Myths Exposed

Golf's Mental Myths Exposed

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

Orange County Convention Center - W230B
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


  • Christopher Smith, Certified PGA


    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



    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

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    Education Sessions


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    Teaching & Coaching

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