Golfing with Your Eyes Closed
Visualize yourself on the green. Smell the freshly mown grass, feel the leather grip in your hands, see the ball sinking into the hole. Mental rehearsal like this is used by golf's greatest athletes to give them the edge they need to play round after perfect round. Now you can get that same winning edge with this unique mental training program for golfers at all levels.
Written by two sport psychology consultants, Golfing with Your Eyes Closed is filled with practical exercises, key points, and professional advice--all created to help build mental strength and take your game to the next level.
You'll turn visualization into reality as you learn how to:
Build your muscle memory with imagery practice
Turn nervous energy into powerful performance
Avoid choking under pressure
Refocus after concentration lapses
Develop a consistently positive mindset
Write your own script and realize your golf ambitions
Difference Between Mental Strength and Mental Health
By Tiffany Wilding-White
Mental health refers to an individual's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It encompasses a person's ability to manage stress, cope with challenges, maintain healthy relationships, and make sound decisions. Mental health can be influenced by various factors, including genetics, life experiences, social support, and access to mental health services. Mental health exists on a continuum, ranging from optimal well-being to various degrees of distress or mental illness.
Mental strength evolves from cognitive abilities and strategies that individuals use to manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. These skills can be developed and honed through practice and training. Mental skills are often associated with performance enhancement in different areas of life, including sports, academics, work, and personal relationships. Some common mental skills include: Visualization, Self-Talk, Energy Regulation, Intentional Breathing, Goal Setting, and Mindfulness.
To understand the subtle difference between mental strength and mental health, let’s think about physical strength and physical health. Building muscles in the gym will make you physically stronger. Building mental skills like visualization, breathing, and self-talk will increase your mental strength to perform with confidence. Building physical and mental strength can also improve overall wellness, but may not protect you from suffering ill health, like the flu or anxiety. And, the opposite is true: you can be mentally healthy but lack the skills to maintain composure under pressure.
The bonus is this: Building mental and physical strength can help build mental and physical health and protect against illness. We’ve all heard that physical exercise protects us from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and more. Mental strength training can likewise help protect us from the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and the like. Reaching out to a mental performance coach to hone these life skills is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of curiosity, readiness to learn, and strength.
Sport Psychologist and Mental Performance Coach
By Tiffany Wilding-White
The field of applied sport psychology includes a variety of practitioners, whose titles range from Mental Skills Coach to Mental Performance Consultant to High Performance Coach to Sport Psychologist. Many of these titles are synonymous, but the term “psychologist” is reserved for those with clinical licensure in treating mental illness. The term sport psychologist is often used to describe mental performance coaches, but most mental performance professionals are not clinical therapists. As a mental performance coach, I personally am trained in sport psychology (but not a psychologist) and am an expert in guiding performers to achieve mental mastery.
Mental Confidence Workshop given to Josh Billings Runaground Triathletes 8/31/23