THINK LIKE A CHAMPION
Developing a champion mindset is the difference between playing golf the best you can and playing golf at the best you are capable of. The Mental Training Program at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy is the golf psychology component that accelerates physical and technical development.
Golfers with a champion’s mindset have confidence, resilience, focus and patience. They can envision success and imagine creative solutions when faced with tricky situations. A champion’s mind not only creates goals but spends time mapping realistic plans to achieve them. They work with a purpose as the find ways to learn and enjoy every minute of the process. It takes concerted effort to achieve a champion’s mindset, on and off the course.
Skylar Jewell is the Head of Mental Training at the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. At GGGA, we make it a priority to prepare students by helping them to develop a champion mindset. It is important to be able to understand how to react to adversity and obstacles in golf as well as in life. These are often some of the most difficult lessons to learn from and must be responded to with mental resilience and emotional intelligence, which most junior golfers do not inherently have.
This extraordinary fortitude must be built. GGGA begins this process with the Mental Golf Workshop assessment, which helps the student and GGGA team understand each student’s personality traits and playing tendencies. With this knowledge in mind, a development plan is created with each golfer to find their “it”. This development plan is based around five mental skill sets that help students reach their fullest potential as champion golfers.
More than Meets the Eye
The mental aspect of training is often the most difficult to see because it’s not just about hitting the ball or building physical strength. Thinking like a champion is about staying positive through adversity, being creative with solutions and having the passion it takes to self motivate.
There is a psychological element to golf and the entire staff and coaching team at GGGA operates in ways that reinforce the champion mindset. At GGGA, we believe in the “train the trainer model”, meaning all of our coaches are well versed in mental strategies that enhance performance. Whether being coached to visualize a successful putt during afternoon training or reviewing performance after a recent junior golf tournament, junior golfers are surrounded with opportunities to step up their own game.
GGGA is prepared to help each student achieve the following goals:
- Get better results
- Feel more in control of their game
- Perform more consistently
- Overcome their fears
- Have a lot more fun
GGGA goes about achieving these goals in the following manner:
- Give an assessment and plan for the development of each student’s mental/emotional skills
- Tailor customized coaching for each student
- Teach solid understanding of the mental and emotional side of golf, life, and the why’s and how’s to gain control over them
- Use research-based tools and techniques for simple practical application
- Foster a supportive environment that helps build confidence and self-esteem