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You must have a "Process" to succeed!

You must have a “Process” to succeed!

You must have a “Process” to succeed!

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2, and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

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You must have a “Process” to succeed!

David MacKenzie is one of the leading Sports Performance Coaches in the world.  I have mentioned him many times in previous posts as I highly respect his work.  His insights on reaching your goal of becoming a good golfer include some important steps you need to know, like You must have a “Process” to succeed!  David does a great job in this article of showing you how to get there!

You must have a "Process" to succeed!

Staying focused on “The Process” will help you reach your goals!

We want the destination without the journey.

As technology makes processes happen faster and faster in the modern world, most of us are guilty of becoming a little impatient and that need for things to happen quickly is increasing. We’re becoming wired to being very forward looking, at the sacrifice of the present moment. We want the destination without the journey.

Golfers have always been a little weak when it comes to seeking quick fixes.  Gimmicky products are used in an attempt to get closer to lower scores faster.  But it’s ironic how ineffective those quick fixes are.

From my experience as a mental coach and teaching players of all levels for many years – the most effective way to achieve a result is not to focus on it, but it’s to break it down.  There is a processes that are required to get there and make that the focus. Faith in a really good process, can give you the confidence and eliminate the pressure that seeking results puts on us to perform.

Focusing on a good process has so many benefits…

1. Staying in the present.

For most of us the game of golf is purely a leisure pursuit, to be enjoyed whatever the outcome.

For that reason, we need to learn how to be present at all times.  Giving every moment we are playing our full attention.  Not constantly thinking about the end goal or what’s coming next.  When process becomes the goal, a player can engage more deeply with the present and get a richer experience.

2. Your focus is shifted to something that is 100% within your control.

No one in the history of the game has been able to say with 100% certainty that they will hit a specific target or shoot a specific score.  For the most part it’s out of your control.  But you can heavily influence it with a good process…

When your focus is constantly on outcome and results, each shot is measured by how it relates to that overall goal. Hit the ball out of bounds and that might seriously damage your chances of shooting a good score = frustration. The game becomes a roller coaster ride which is not a good way to play.

Play golf from a state of moderate emotional arousal.

That means that you have a little nervous energy.  This increases your focus and competitive spirit vs when you are practicing.  When you focus on the outcome and it’s affect on where the ball lands, you’re setting yourself up for high emotional arousal and performance anxiety = tension in the muscles and bad swings.

Let’s say you’ve set the target of shooting your best score or breaking 80 for the first time.  And you score a triple bogey on the first hole. What’s that going to do for your confidence and enjoyment?

Focusing on the process puts you in control – it makes you feel empowered and confident.

Not necessarily confident that you are going to hit the ball where you desire, but confidence you are on the right path to becoming a mastery golfer.  Whatever the outcome, stick to your process. A  successful shot will take awaythe pressure and confirm you are on the right path!

The problem in golf is that results are easier to measure and evaluate than process.  So that’s where the focus drifts.  We need to set proper goals for each round.

To read more on David MacKenzie’s article, go here.

Source: David MacKenzie  Mel Sole Golf School

Pictures: Golf State of Mind   Galatians Design

Thanks for reading – You must have a “Process” to succeed! Start your process today!

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