Mind-set & Performance Coaching

Please welcome our newest member of our coaching team Glenn Goudie. He is a clinical hypnotherapist & NLP practitioner & brings his experience of coaching to help golfers of all abilities learn how to control their emotions out on the course along with working with his clients to find ways they can re-programme their minds for success.

The game of golf is hard!!!

Not just physically but also mentally. Sure, if you walk up to 5 hours to get around the course, it can be incredibly taxing on the body physically.

Mentally, the game throws a lot of challenges, curveballs and frustrations.

I was with one of my coaching clients out on the course recently and we were talking about how it can be challenging to understand our thinking on the course. He wanted to know why it seems so easy when he is playing well not to ‘over-think’ or complicate the game whilst when he is struggling he seems to have all matter of thoughts enter his mind. Mostly at the most inconvenient times too.

As we walked around the course we spoke about the way golfers are often guilty of thinking into the future when they are playing well. It is almost like they are putting the plans into place on how they are going to shoot their lowest score or end up winning the tournament. My client is well aware how ‘future thinking’ can impact his game. We have worked on enjoying the ‘present’ and staying mindful of his thoughts.

Golf is a game where there is little chance of a reactive mindset occurring. Some ball sports such as tennis and football (soccer) are reactive sports and players are usually using unconscious thinking to allow them to perform. Golf, on the other hand, opens up countless opportunities to over-think. Not just of the future but also the past. Past errors. Past mistakes. Past embarrassments.

If we look at Future thinking vs Present thinking, I feel that both have their merits and we should not determine that present thinking is the be all and end all.

Thinking about the future has its place. When you are visualising successful performances or achievements, many researchers believe that ‘future pacing’ is a great technique to prepare your mind (& body) for successful outcomes. It is okay to think about winning the tournament or collecting the trophy. However, it must be done away from the course and when you are fully relaxed.

This ‘programming’ will help you to picture the things that you want to achieve. It will help the Reticular Activating System (RAS) to fire up.

To read more visit www.golfmindsetcoaching.com

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At Gecko Fitness, not only do we pride ourselves on the high standard of knowledge that our team members’ possess, but also on the personalities and character of the people we select to care for your health and fitness.

We have both male and female coaches and therapists, all with a variety of skills and qualities. All Gecko team members are registered with professional bodies, including the General Osteopathic Council, British Medical Acupuncture Society, Register of Exercise Professionals and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. We encourage constant professional development, ensuring you will always receive the very best care.

For more information visit www.geckofitness.com