Good evening and welcome to my weekly blog, I hope that you all have had a good week on and off the course. Not too surprisingly I have not had chance to get out on to the golf course, but I have a tee booked on Saturday with Nathan and a couple of the Juniors. We had a great turnout at Junior golf on Saturday morning with 18 kids turning up. If you want your kids or grandkids to join in, then please bring them along to Hornsea Golf Club on a Saturday morning at 10am, the session lasts for 90 minutes and costs just £2.50.
The big tour news this week was Jordan Spieth claiming the Fed-Ex Cup and in the process winning the obscene amount of £7.5 million. There is no doubt that over the last couple of months his form has dipped slightly and in previous blogs I have cited a long and tiring season. This week he has looked rejuvenated and, with his imperious form on the greens, has strolled to a four shot win over Henrik Stenson. Most of his success came from being able to hole clutch putts when necessary. At least 5 putts were held for par from between 10-15 feet. Hopefully next year we will have a cracking year with Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day battling it out all year. Can you see anyone else joining this elite trio?
Over the last week I have found myself talking to people in my lessons more about how they approach parts of their round mentally, rather than looking at physical changes to their swing. I find that players faced with a tricky shot (over a bunker for example) often talk to themselves in a negative way. For example "don't go into the bunker". To me, this is extremely counter productive and puts you in the wrong frame of mind. Research has shown that the brain does not understand a negative thought and instead, sees it as a positive. The best example I can give you is to say to you 'don't think of a pink elephant'.... be honest, how many of you thought of a pink elephant? Another test would be to say 'don't think of your front door'.... what pops into your head? Your front door?
So when you are faced with the above tricky shot over a bunker, saying 'don't go in the bunker' is actually interpreted by your brain as 'go in the bunker'
Rather than telling yourself where you do not want to go, tell yourself where you WANT to go e.g. 'hit the ball onto the green'
The deadline for my golf holiday is approaching fast so anyone who is considering coming along, you have until the 11th October to confirm with me that you are coming. This trip gives you a great opportunity to play golf with the sun on your back whilst receiving coaching from me. We are heading to the Amendoeira Golf resort, while I have not been before, it looks absolutely first class!!! Click here to have a closer look at the resort.
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