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My First Club Competition of 2010

Par 4 4 5 3 5 4 5 3 4 37 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 5 37 74
My Score 5 4 6 5 8 6 7 4 3 48 6 3 7 5 5 5 3 5 6 45 93

Not that great a score today, 19 over par and 6 over my handicap.

Probably because the course was still quite soggy and the greens were lumpy.

I hit the ball well and tried to keep calm and positive when things got a bit wobbly. Wade's breathing techniques came in handy when I had a string of 3 silly holes in a row, on the 5th, 6th and 7th and I got a great birdie on the par 4 9th hole.

The best thing was that I came off the course happy and positive and enjoyed the round, so that's a great result in itself.

I'm about to listen to the 2nd audio coaching session from the course I'm following, Golf Mental Game Training, watch out for my review to follow shortly!

My Golf Rehab- Round 3

Course 1 : Narrow and Tree Lined
PAR 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 36
72
My Score 5 6 4 3 6 5 5 4 7 45 4 3 4 6 6 4 3 5 5 40 45 85
Golf Mental Game Training

Golf Mental Game Training Course

Today's round was a practise round with 3 of the ladies in my club team. My partner and I played a better ball match play competition against 2 ladies who play off 10 and are currently playing EXTREMELY well.

I wanted to use the match to let the golf mental tips and thoughts from  Wade Pearse's Golf Mental Game Training Program sink in deeply.

I have to say, the whole mental game during this round was a revelation for me, I have NEVER been so calm and in control and ALL the way through, I was drumming the lesson deeper and deeper into my game process.

To cut a long story short, my partner and I ( both playing off 13) beat the two 10 handicap ladies 2 up.

The match was VERY close and as you can see from the score card above, the closer the match got, the calmer and more mentally in control I became, my back 9 was 4 over par which is the best I have played in a LONG time.

SO much of Wade's teaching came into my game today, each hole was a 'small victory', especially when I played well to win the hole, I would treat that hole as a 'small victory' but be ready to start the next hole afresh, instead of, in the past, worrying whether " I could keep it going until the end of the match'.

The whole mental golf training process was VERY easy to integrate into my game, even though I've been a big advocate of golf mental training in the past, NOTHING I've done before even comes close to the effects this course is having on my golf mental frame of mind. Remember also, that up to now, I've only studied the 2 eBooks and listened to the golf audio sessions, I haven't looked at the videos or the other eBooks.

I'm VERY encouraged by the course so far and it's really brought enjoyment back into my golf game already and that is my main aim. One side effect of playing so well yesterday is that I've been asked to play for the team tomorrow in the first round of this year's competition, that's a bonus, and I'm looking forward to playing my match tomorrow.

One thing that REALLY stood out during recent rounds is that I notice how much some of the golfers I'm playing with talk themselves out of the game, I'm noticing the self-talk and body language of other people now and it's fascinating. I'm keeping really quiet about the fact that I'm taking this golf mental game course training because I don't want anything to distract me from the things I'm learning.

One other comment that popped in to my mind a LOT yesterday was that Wade would always choose a golfer who had the strongest mental game over one who hit the best shots but didn't handle the mental aspects well and the fact that although Wade is not the best golfer out there, he KNOWS that he is rock solid mentally and THAT is how he wins matches.

So, this summer, that is my aim, to have a ROCK SOLID golf mental game ! I may not always hit great shots, but the mental game will be secure.

In fact, I did receive a few positive comments yesterday from my opponenets who mentioned the fact that I was very calm and steady all the way through, I just smiled to myself. Yup, that's me, I want to be known as the one with the rock solid mental game ! It is SO hard to play against someone who who KNOW will only get better as the natch progresses !

Check back and I'll post my progress of my singles match here!

The thought I will leave myself with today, is that, whatever the physical state on my golf game, I can have a strong MENTAL golf game NOW!

Not after a few more lessons or a few more sessions on the range , but NOW!

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My Golf Rehab – Round 5

Well,  time has gone by since my last Golf Rehab post!

To cut a long story short, at this moment, I was supposed to be on holiday in the Caribbean, however, thanks to the wonderful Icelandic volcano all that went by the board and we're now holiday in Devon, a place I have never been to before, it is BEAUTIFUL and the weather is on our side. We have 10 days here and will probably play golf at least 7 times, something I would not have wanted to do last year but since my golf mental outlook has completely changed, I'm looking forward to each round.

So, since my last post:

I'm back having regilar lessons with my favourite golf pro, I REALLY like him, I've been with him for over 2 years, not on a regular basis I might add, I'm just a club golfer, not about to turn pro or anything but every time I have a lesson with him, I come out feeling encouraged and positive. We've changed a few minor things with my swing and at the moment, I'm hitting the ball MUCH better tha I have for a long time. So, the physical side, I can work on and improve on in time.

However, how is my mental side of golf going?

Actually, I can report that it is going REALLY well.  Thanks to the golf mind training course I'm taking, my attitude to golf has changed dramatically ! I can deal with frustarrtion a lot better and look on each potentail 'disaster' now as a challenge as to how I can deal with that one particular shot.

Yesterday we played a course next to our hotel called Saunton Sands, we started playing at 3pm after a 4 hour drive from London to Devon and although it was quite warm when we started, by the time we finished at 7pm, we were FREEZING.

I had a good front 9, but after 12 holes, I was so cold and tired that I stopped enjoying playing. My stableford score was miserable, 10 points on the front and 9 on the back although I was hitting the ball really well but it’s a links course and the greens were Really fast.

We're playing it again today and after a good nigts sleep, my hopes are high that I will score more points today.

I'll write later with news!


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My Golf Rehab – Round 4

Well, today I had my first club match of the season, a team of 5 players against other local clubs, handicaps between 10 and 15, this is the first round of the knock out stages!

Hmmmm, I lost ! However, I put that down to a lack of match practise, it's been over a year since I played a competitive singles match.

The most intriguing thing is that my whole mental outlook has changed now. I went down quite early on after a shaky start,  she parred the first, I bogied, same on the 2nd hole. But intsead of thinking as I would previously of the whole picture and worrying early on about the end result,  I stayed really calm and was able to enjoy 'small victories' on the way.

What was even more interesting was that in the last 3 holes of the match, my opponent started to make a lot of mistakes, unfortunately I couldn't capitalise on them but instead of being devastated at losing, I find myself looking forward to my next challenge.

I've still only done a 10th of Wade's golf mental training course and I know that as I work my way thorugh I will really start to reap the benefits.

Onwards and upwards!

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