Category: Mental Training

Improve your tempo with Tempo in Motion similar to Jordan Spieth

How can you improve your swing tempo?  What are you currently doing now to improve the rhythm of your golf swing?

Rhythm is the heart of every sport!  Train your rhythm and personalize your ideal tempo to perform your best.

Tempo in Motion is the first in-depth system to mastering your rhythm for optimal performance.”

Jordan Spieth’s swing coach Cameron McCormick – “Tempo in Motion is the best means to find the sync in your swing. You’ll be amazed at how solid and straight you can start hitting it.”

What is Tempo in Motion?

Tempo in Motion is the best Rhythm and Tempo System for Sports Training. We combine scientifically engineered music and tools designed to determine and perfect your tempo and rhythm. Our company has developed software and a unique system with the feedback and support of many sports professionals.  Tempo in Motion also provides the only streaming radio for tempo and rhythm training.

Payne Stewart’s Rhythm and Tempo by Pat O’Brien “The overall goal when you putt or play golf is to have a flow or rhythm about you. That’s why I love Tempo in Motion!”

– Pat O’Brien Short Game Coach to 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson

Find, analyze, and perfect your individual tempo and rhythm with our proven system that uses auditory click patterns and music tracks to sync your movement for any sport.  Coaches and trainers work to strengthen the body and mind.  Tempo in Motion is the glue that ties it all together.

What are some of the benefits of Tempo in Motion?

Here are some benefits that golfers and golf coaches have reported:

  • Improved motion sequence
  • Consistency
  • Good rhythm
  • More power
  • Longer distance
  • Better swing plane
  • Concentration/ focus
  • Less stress
  • More drive
  • Improved accuracy
  • More fun at the range

Junior Golfers yardage books, Why? DIY yardage

Junior Golfers Yardage

College Golf Coaches are constantly seeking information about junior golfers and yardage books.  Coaches ask themselves often, “is this junior golfer organized? does he/she have a game plan?”  

All competitive golfers are looking for any advantage to maximize their scoring potential during tournament play as long as it’s within the rules of the game.  You can do this yourself.  That’s right, you can create a game plan with a DIY yardage book.  

After several years as a parent of a junior golfer, Michael Carter and his daughter Larissa created a do-it-yourself yardage book company called Go To Caddie. Since it’s inauguration in 2015, Go To Caddie yardage books are being used by professional and junior golfers around the world. In addition, their My Caddie Pro yardage book has been incorporated into top college golf programs throughout the country.

A yardage book is an essential tool that all professional golfers and caddies use when taking notes prior and often during practice rounds before a tournament. In the past, both player and caddie would spend hours familiarizing themselves with the course design. Now with new internet technology, they can design their yardage books from home allowing them to have accurate measurements throughout the course prior to even stepping on the first tee box.  DO IT YOURSELF with Go To Caddie Excellent stocking stuffer for Christmas!!

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The My Caddie yardage book is designed for rising junior competitive golfers.

Yardage books can help eliminate costly mistakes and erase any doubt from a player and caddie’s mind by servicing them both with their own accurate information and game plan. This gives a mental edge to a player by having confidence over every shot. These notes can provide accurate yardages for distances from the tee box to hazards and landing areas in and around fairways and on the green.

A properly filled out yardage book also provides detailed sketches and measurements of the greens giving the player knowledge of landing areas where the pin is located. Players can then confidently assess their plan of attack or defense for each approach shot during a round.  DO IT YOURSELF with Go To Caddie 

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A yardage book is a definitive tool for course management and a critical piece of equipment for the modern game.

Yardage books are one of the best-kept secrets in golf. Juniors and amateurs inspiring to improve their game will be well served to learn how to use one. Whether you’re preparing for a match at your local club or sharpen your skills in preparation for college, learning the correct use of a yardage book will maximize your scoring potential. DO IT YOURSELF with Go To Caddie 

The My Caddie Pro is a do-it-yourself yardage book that can be used on any course. Our book allows the player to:

  • Eliminate costly mistakes and determine a strategy for each hole
  • Document precise measurements for distance from any area on the course
  • Draw detailed sketches of fairways, hazards, and greens
  • Play with confidence knowing whether to hit attack or defend shots to the green
  • Draw slopes and breaks for more accurate putts on the greens
  • Record data in the stat tracker to learn areas of strengths and weaknesses

10 secrets to raise your SAT/ACT score with Prep Expert a Mark Cuban Company

College Golf Camps is focused on offering junior golfers everything they need to play college golf.  One of the most common questions at our camps is “What is a good SAT/ACT score?” or “How many times should I take the SAT/ACT?”.

College Golf Camps is not the expert in the test-taking field, however, we know the expert, Shaan Patel at prepexperts.com 

You may have heard of Shaan Patel.  He was originally on the show “Shark Tank”.  Mark Cuban invested and now Shaan is becoming a household name.

Shaan Patel, an associate of College Golf Camps is now offering a 50% discount on the following products.

1. 6-Week Flagship SAT/ACT Prep Course
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Athlete’s Mental Edge – how can YOU improve quickly!!

College Golf Camps is on a mission to improve junior golf.  What if you could predict future performance?  What if you could identify areas for improvement?  What if you could measure the “it” factor?

Every junior golfer sends college coaches their resumes filled with relatable data about their golf games.  Swing profile, tournament profile, stats, test scores, videos, etc.  Almost never do you see junior golfers measuring their mental game or their competitiveness.   What if you could provide your swing coach or college coaches your mental framework.  In terms of, how do you best respond to direction?  College Golf Camps research team has found a way to help identify your mental holes and more importantly how to fill them.

How would you respond to the following comments:

“I am more concerned about details and take more time to polish and perfect my skills than most people I know.”

“I am more capable of staying focused on the game in pressure situations than most people I know.”

“Other people in my life have to accept the fact that my education, my sport, or my career comes first.”

“Others would describe me as a person who performs extremely well under pressure.”

“I compete with myself physically.”

You need to take this test.  It will blow your mind.  Your development will soar to new heights.  More importantly, your trajectory for improvement will increase dramatically.

Would you like to take this test?

Dr. Nick Molinaro, a College Golf Camp associate uses this test to improve player performance.

 

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Athlete’s Mental Edge (AME) Fact Sheet

WHAT is AME?

AME is an innovative Web-based program designed to provide athletes with detailed mental toughness assessment and training strategies to help them perform better in competitive, pressure-filled situations. Critical performance factors include focus, confidence, discipline, and leadership.  AME is based on the internationally respected and widely used TAIS (The Attentional and Interpersonal Style) test, which was developed by Dr. Robert Nideffer in 1976. Every athlete, from the high profile professional to the weekend warrior, can now Perform Under PressureÔ by participating in the program and comparing their results with top athletes in various sports.

WHO can use AME?

Any recreational, amateur or professional athlete interested in performing at their fullest potential.

Coaches at any level interested in getting maximum effort out of their players.

Parents who want to help their sons or daughters to focus on success.

HOW does AME work?

Participants answer an easy-to-understand on-line inventory that measures attentional strengths and weaknesses, decision-making style and interpersonal preference.  Based on TAIS technology, AME provides a direct link between concentration, personality characteristics and performance.  AME provides a detailed diagnosis of the individual athlete and provides vital feedback that teaches users how to better concentrate and focus their minds in pressure-filled sports scenarios.  Aside from on-line instruction, users can take advantage of a team of leading sport psychology professionals that offer personalized face-to-face evaluation and assistance for athletes and teams.

WHERE does AME draw its information from?

Winning Mind has collected over 25 years of TAIS data from comparison groups including Olympians, professional athletes, coaches, high-level amateur athletes, military leaders, business executives and sales managers. AME comparison groups include MLB 1st Round Draft Picks, NBA players, coaches, NCAA football players, elite and amateur golfers, Olympic basketball, hockey, skiing, cycling and volleyball athletes and tennis pros.

 

Ask questions, seek advice, it’s FREE information for junior golfers, parents, coaches, everyone!!

We have created a community of people through our junior golf camps that we are very proud of.  We have so many visitors asking great questions.  Here, we provide a stage for FREE information, advice and opinions, share joys and 3 putts, don’t mention the word shank.  Most importantly, we want you to  interact with other junior golfers, parents, coaches, instructors, etc.  College Golf Camps Forum 

Who are these regular visitors? Some are junior golfers or parents of junior golfers or coaches or whoever.  Some are experts in a field of study such as mental training, fitness, swing mechanics, etc 

Ask questions, volunteer advice, talk about your experiences … Anything related to golf….kind of like standing on a driving range…..

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What makes a good putter good? Golf Science Lab

Podcast, Season 4, Swing

What makes a good putter good? w/ Dr Rob Neal

We’ve all heard a lot of tips and tricks about putting, but what actually makes a good putter good. Today we talk with leading biomechanist Dr Rob Neal as he shares his research and experience working with the best players and putting coaches in the world.

What makes a good putter?

The key to being a successful putter is to deliver the putter head with the right energy at impact and the club face pointing in the right direction and do that consistently well.

You cannot on one stroke be perfect and on the next, nowhere near the mark. What you will see with expertise in putting is really high levels of consistency with putter head delivery.

If you measure them on a SAM or a GBD system you will find that the standard deviations of face angles, dynamic loft, etc are approximately 0.3 of a degree. That is very low and that might be over 10 or 15 putting strokes. The levels of variability or the standard deviations as you move proximally at expert players, increases a little bit and this is their mechanism of coordinating the stroke.

Good putters are also able to coordinate their movement and compensate if need be.

Good putters are also able to coordinate their movement and compensate if need be. If they pull a little bit too hard with the lead arm they can compensate by doing something different with the forearm and the hand in order to deliver the club or the putter, with the precision necessary to make the putt. If you didn’t have this subtle coordination amongst the body segments involved in a stroke, then if one part of the body made an error on the stroke, then that would be it. It will be all over.

All of the putting coaches that Dr Rob Neal works with (David Orr, Paul Hurrion and Phil Kenyon) strongly argue that this coordination of the body segments is one of the things that separate the good putter from the really good putters.

Really good putters have the ability to compensate or modify what they are doing within the stroke in order to produce the right outcome in the putter head.

Evaluating putting

The process that I would typically go through is examine what someone does with the putter first. What the stroke mechanics look like,face angle, dynamic loft, putter path, rise angle, etc and then work my way from the putter back to what the body was doing in order to produce that particular pattern of movement.

The process that I would typically go through is examine what someone does with the putter first.

The challenge then is to find good elements in anyone’s putting stroke and then be able to modify those things and maybe disruptive in their technique and really make a difference for them putting reasonably well, and putting poorly.

There is no one solution that we would dictate is right for everyone because it’s to change a motor pattern, so we are looking for things that have the maximum impact with the minimum change.

Sometimes, that might be changing the putter or changing the loft and lie on the putter. If the stroke itself is really consistent but there is too much dynamic loft, at impact then the simple solution would be to change the loft on the putter, reduce it by a couple of degrees or if there is not enough dynamic loft at impact, then maybe the ball needs to be put further forward in the stance so that you could make the same stroke but catch it at a different point during the arc that the putter is making.

I can tell you as opposed to what some people think, “try to keep the hands out of your putting stroke”, every person we have measured has hand action during their stroke. So it’s not like you can get rid of it, in fact, it’s probably a good thing to have in there.

About our guest

Dr Rob Neal

Dr. Robert NealDr Robert Neal, CEO, established golf biodynamics (GBD) in 2000 with the intention of providing the best possible biomechanics service available to golfers and teaching professionals alike. A unique skill set has made this a reality.

Today, the GBD philosophy towards performance enhancement has not changed, we are proponents of an integrated approach to supporting “the golf athlete”. That is, we combine a scientific approach with the practical skills necessary to bring about technical change, all of which is performed in conjunction with the teaching professional and athlete’s own support network (which may include the athletic development specialist, physical therapist, podiatrist, nutritionist etc).

The diverse nature of our clientele reflects the extensive skill set that rob and others in our GBD team bring to the table. While GBD regularly works with golfers of all playing abilities (playing professionals and recreational golfers) we also consult to teaching professionals and organizations such as the Jim McLean golf schools, the Titleist Performances Institute (TPI), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), various PGA’s worldwide (Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland), The Danish Golf Union, The German National Team and more.

Links / Resources

Golf Biodynamics

Dr. Nick Molinaro – How to Enter the Flow State in Golf

Dr. Nick recently wrote a great article for womensgolf.com  Dr. Nick is a frequent guest speaker at College Golf Camps of America.  We love this article because simply explains how performance is not forced.  Enjoy the information from our friend Dr. Nick.

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How to Enter the Flow State in Golf

Sport psychologist, Dr. Nick Molinaro explains how the right pre-competition preparation can help golfers get into the ‘zone’ or ‘flow’ state to achieve their highest levels of performance.

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by golfers of all abilities, coaches and parents is how to enter the zone or flow state in golf. The profession of sports psychology has different opinions about the ability to enter this highest level of performance. Some believe it is random and more serendipity-like while others believe it can be experienced by effective decision making of selective attentional shifting. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian Psychologist, noted in his study on Happiness:

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times…The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” (1990, p. 3).

I believe that an athlete can proactively set the stage for entering “Flow” states by utilizing the model Csikszentmihalyi designed.

Every moment in practice and competition a golfer has the opportunity to choose where to place their attention. I will provide a more in-depth discussion in the future about how this system is employed so, for now, we will make it simple.

The golfer should identify a challenge they want to stretch themselves towards. It is not simply the number of fairway hits, coming through the ball, etc. It is the mental process that demands attention. Some great examples are remaining focused, relaxed and present prior to making contact with the ball. If the player has some basic skills in each of these areas than the challenge is to do it more effectively.

Using a scale of 1-10 for Focused Effort (FE) the player identifies the specific mental skill and assigns a challenge level to it for their FE target. Attaining the target score of FE as frequently as possible for the entire round would be the challenge. The targeted skill is to employ it with the target FE each time they hit a shot. For example, being focused, relaxed and present with an FE of 8. Initially, this may appear easy, but I can assure you, it will take lots of practice to do so.

Here is the model Csikszentmihalyi developed:

How to enter the flow state in golf

Note that:

  • low skills and low challenge produce APATHY;

  • high skills and low challenge produce BOREDOM;

  • low skills and high challenge produce ANXIETY; and

  • high skills and high challenge produce FLOW.

Setting up a Challenge-Skills Balance for each competition helps in reaching flow states. Refer to Process Goals from my previous article to familiarize yourself with them.

I highly recommend this exercise:  identify a process goal for the skills and FE on a scale of 1-10 for the Challenge. Be sure to construct the Challenge-Skills Balance before each of your competitions as well as for your practice sessions.

Flow State in Golf

Channing Hensley’s Pre-tournament and Practice Notes

I asked one of my very talented high school juniors, Channing Hensley, who has committed to UNC Wilmington, how she prepares for her competitions and practice sessions and she kindly provided the following notes.

1Tournament Play Preparation

  • When possible, always play a practice round to familiarize myself with the course layout and greens.
  • If not possible, do course research and map out via web and diagram into yardage book.
  • Go through each hole and visualize strategy based on hole layout, yardage and map strategy into the yardage book. Develop my game plan.
  • Do a hole-by-hole visualization and see myself playing the hole.
  • When playing the practice round, drop balls from various locations around each green to practice chipping/pitching. Do the same on the greens for putting.
  • Work on pre-shot routine (cadence and visualization) techniques.

2Preparation for Practice

  • Never practice without a plan or goal.
  • Write down objective for the day before arriving at the course.
  • All drills will have outcome based results that I can track to help create a similar to tournament fee.
  • Dedicate a certain amount of time for practice sessions and take breaks every 30 minutes to stay mentally sharp.
  • Place heavy emphasis on process and pre-shot routine and implement before each shot during practice.
  • Finally, and certainly not last, make it fun! Realize how much I enjoy the game and be thankful for the opportunity I have to play it.

More recommendations for pre-competition preparation to come in future articles.

I would love to hear from you about your ideas, comments or questions below.

Dr. Nick.


 

dr-nick-molinaro-womens-golfOur contributing writer in Sport Psychology, Dr. Nick Molinaro is a licensed psychologist with specialties in Counseling, Human Development, and Sport Psychology.

Although his clients have ranged from the NASCAR, NBA, NFL, USA Ski and Gymnastic Team members, he is mostly known for his work with golfers. Dr. Nick has worked with players on PGA, LPGA, Symetra, LET tours as well as collegiate players at some of America’s most prestigious colleges including Oregon, Notre Dame, U Arizona, and U Texas,

Dr. Nick is the Mental Coach for the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links, Fiddler’s Elbow Golf Academy, NJ and is an Advisory Board Member on WorldJuniorGolf.com and the Fellowship for Christian Athletes. He is frequently a guest on The Golf Fix on The Golf Channel and the 19th Hole Weekend Edition on CBS Sport Radio.

Find out more about golf psychology at Dr. Nick’s website, and follow him online on Twitter and Facebook.

How Coaches Evaluate Character in the Recruiting Process

College coaches are no longer only evaluating an athlete on their athletic and academic abilities, they are also looking to see what kind of a person you are. Coaches need to be sure an athlete will handle the transition to college well and having a high character recruit improves the likelihood of a recruit adjusting well. In this article we cover some of the scenarios during the recruiting process where coaches are evaluating character.*Please note: This doesn’t mean that all athletes who don’t adjust well in college are low character. Sometimes an athlete and the school just aren’t the right fit. However, in order to avoid academic and off the field issues, coaches are are increasingly looking for high character recruits.

Who Handles the Difficult Conversations?

When discussing things like playing time and scholarships, it is easy for parents to what to jump in on behalf of their athlete. Our advice is to hold off and let the athlete handle the majority of the conversation. I like the 80/20 rule, where the athlete should ask 80% of the questions and parents 20%. As a parent you can help your athlete prepare by having pre-written questions they should ask the coach. When an athlete shows a willingness to handle difficult conversations, it shows a coach they will be able to handle the new challenges once they get to college.

Don’t Make a Coach Ask Twice

When coaches send out invites to camps, requests for transcripts or other forms of paper work, they are evaluating an athlete on their ability to do what’s asked. The worst thing you can do as an athlete is not respond to these request or miss the deadlines. Just like you would in the work place, acknowledge receipt of the request, then get the requested information as soon as possible. Coaches know if an athlete has problems handling simple tasks like getting transcripts, they are more likely to have problems taking care of their responsibilities once they are living on their own.

They Will Talk to Anyone for Character Evaluations

College coaches are going to talk to all sorts of people to get a sense for what kind of person the recruit is. Coaches want to know what kind of person you are and that doesn’t just mean on the field or in the gym. We’ve heard of coaches talking to school janitors or even random students in the hallway to find out what a recruit is really like. With the increasing pressure to have high character people in their programs, coaches have a lower tolerance for recruits who could be problems down the road.

Coaches Aren’t Looking for Perfect

This article isn’t intended to scare you into thing coaches are going to look at every little situation as a chance to stop recruiting you. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to show you are more qualified. Coaches understand they are dealing with 15 and 16 year old kids in the recruiting process and they don’t expect them to be able to do everything perfectly. What they are looking for is that an athlete is willing to handle their own responsibilities. Effort and a little bit of maturity can go a long way in impressing a college coach.

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/2014/10/13/how-coaches-evaluate-character-in-the-recruiting-process.htm

Frank, Written By David. “How Coaches Evaluate Character in the Recruiting Process.” How Coaches Evaluate Character in the Recruiting Process. Athnet Copyright © 2001 – 2016, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.

4 Step Process to Creating Highly Effective Performance Games

In this audio file Cordie Walker (Founder of Golf Science Lab) talks about Performance Games, how to create them, why to use them, and gives examples you can take to the golf course.

Walker states that the answer is: traditional practice just doesn’t offer up as easily the carefully designed pleasures, the thrilling challenges, and the powerful social bonding afforded by game environments. It doesn’t motivate us effectively. It doesn’t maximize our potential.

Training ‘Game Like’ fulfills our genuine human needs; it’s inspiring and can engage us in ways that the traditional training method does not. Games help bring us together and work towards a common goal as a team rather than against each other in solitary. Games will, if created using the following structure, create all of the above and can re-shape the golfing world.

“Expertise is defined as a sequence of mastered challenges with increased levels of difficulty in specific areas of functioning.”

Dr K. Anders Ericsson

To create an effective game you need to have these 4 components.

#1 – Name: Every game needs a name to be referenced by.

#2 – Goal: During golf we have a goal… shouldn’t we during practice?

#3 – Rules: Simple the better!  One of the components that takes the most work to perfect.

#4  – Scoring: Do you keep score during golf?  Let’s keep score during practice.
If we embrace what science tells us and evidence shows us, we can revolutionize the golfing world.  Lets open our minds and take what we can from the Xbox and PlayStation; their secrets lie in the structure of their games and with that structure we can take our youth outside and away from the TV screen.

 

Founder and chief curator of the Golf Science Lab. Documenting what’s going on in the world of research and beyond that can help you play your best golf on the golf course (when it counts). Join the movement of researched based coaching over trusting beliefs and what worked for one person a few decades ago. Follow on Twitter

Junior Golfers: How to Prepare for a Tournament

Here are 5 tips you can use to properly prepare for a tournament ahead of time, so that you can gain a natural edge against your opponents.

Clear Your Mind

Jack Nicklaus (AKA The Golden Bear), winner of 18 career major championships, once said: “Golf is 80% mental, 10% ability, 10% luck” – and he’s right. Try to clear any and all non-golf thoughts from your head and focus strictly on the game.We know this is easier said than done, however, this is an important component of maximizing your golfing potential.

Scout The Course

If possible, spend some time scouting the course on which the tournament will take place. Pay attention to the terrain, bunkers, trees, hazards, greens, and distances to holes. Knowing the golf course will give you the upper hand on tournament day.

You can also check to see if there’s a map of the course online. Some courses offer online digital maps, which can be printed to use as a reference tool when preparing for a tournament.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Head over to the local driving range and polish up your swing before the tournament. In addition to increasing your power/distance/control, this will also help to stretch all of your “golf muscles” and keep them in peak condition. Try to focus the bulk of your practice swings on holes which are similar to those at the tournament course.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

You can’t expect to play a golf tournament at 100% unless you get a good night’s rest. Sleep improves memory and cognitive function, regulates metabolism levels, improves reaction times, protects against cardiovascular disease, and gives your body the energy it needs to battle through 18 holes. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum of 10 hours of sleep daily for “school-aged” children, 9-10 hours for teenagers, and 7-8 hours for adults, so make sure you go to bed on time the night before a big tournament.

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your golf tournament. The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition reports that drinking water helps fight fatigue and heat exhaustion by lowering athletes’ body temperature. H2O is also responsible for transporting nutrients to vital organs, flushing out toxins and waste, and maintaining healthy bodily functions.

Contrary to what some may believe, water isn’t necessarily the best beverage to consume. Granted, water will hydrate you, but it doesn’t offer beneficial electrolytes, which you will need plenty of when playing 18 holes under the hot sun.

-Admin. “How to Prepare for a Golf Tournament for Junior Golfers.” Junior Players Golf Academy. Junior Players Golf Academy Blog © 2016, 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 4 Oct. 2016.

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