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7 Tips For Improving Your Golf Game
With Peak Performance Mental Skills

Pete Koerner

Peak performance mental skills are critical for anyone who wants to take their game to the next level. Mental skills are essential in any sport; and, to improve performance, to step-up to the next level, or to excel at any sport which requires focus and concentration, you must improve your mental game. In a sport like golf, which is primarily a "mental" game, peak performance skills are the difference between winners and losers; and, at higher levels of competition, these mental skills separate the professionals from those destined for the Hall of Fame.

Yet golf is not the only sport which is primarily played in the mind - ALL sports fit this description if you ask those who excel in each of those sports. More specifically, sports involving targets - both moving and stationary - such as balls which must be struck with some sort of stick, club, or racket, or fixed targets, such as a goal, hole, or mitt, ALL require specific mental skills to dependably hit the target.

Furthermore, the mental and physical mechanisms involved in all of these endeavors are exactly the same. Throwing an object at a target (a dart, ball, etc.) requires a specific set of programs; we've all heard the phrase, "You throw like a girl!" Typically, girls just don't throw balls when they are growing up; as a result, they have not acquired the programming to do it smoothly and effectively. When people use that phrase, what they are truly saying is, "You throw like someone who wasn't programmed to throw very well." Trust me, if you have ever watched college softball, you know that a girl who has been properly programmed to throw can throw much faster than a man in certain situations.

Swinging a stick in a trajectory designed to intercept and redirect a smaller object, or catching a moving object with a glove or some other device, all require a tremendous amount of programming. But this is just the first step; these programs, to be effective, must be able to run under pressure in order to generate the desired results.

Pressure is the kind of stress athletes typically feel - the pressure to succeed, the pressure to perform, the pressure of getting in and out of tight spots, etc. Pressure is also programmed into us from early childhood; and it typically increases as the "stakes" are raised - but it is still pressure. All such stress can impede your performance programming until it is neutralized or removed. Some athletes are naturally able to redirect the energy of stress into performance modalities. Such people are called, "Naturals," or are said to "handle the pressure well," or do well "under pressure."

Still there are others who learn these skills - all of which are mental, and all of which can be learned. In the end, the only difference between a "Natural," and someone who has been trained with peak performance mental skills, is that the "Natural" probably can't explain why they do so well - and the person who learned these skills can probably teach these skills to others pretty well having recently learned the process by which all sports skills unfold.

We commonly work with baseball players, football players, tennis players, and golfers - as well as Olympic and Pan Am athletes in various endurance sports. All of these individuals are target-oriented, goal-oriented, and driven to succeed; and all of these individuals must master their own mind if they are to perform at peak levels. Even endurance is a mental skill; the ability to focus on something other than pain, for instance, is critical in the fight to KEEP GOING!

Whether you use mental skills training, or not, you still must use mental skills in order to succeed in sports. How honed those skills are will determine how far you go in your own sport. So, here are a few tips to help you along your way:

1. Focus on your desired outcome - not what you have been told is likely to happen, not on statistics, not on what you are afraid might happen, etc. Keep your eye on the prize.

2. Breathe in deeply through your nose - filling your belly - and out forcefully through your mouth. Repeat this until you feel relaxed; and then re-establish your focus on your goal.

3. You can only take one swing at a time, or throw one pitch at a time; so get completely into the moment. This swing, this pitch, are the only ones you can affect in this moment.

4. Before going to sleep, and immediately upon waking, mentally rehearse your performance as if it were a prayer to live this "dreamed of" victory in your physical reality - it is and this works!

5. Relaxation is critical to peak performance; and visualization is essential in creating specific outcomes.

6. Don't think about, or comment on, problems - or current realities that you don't want to maintain. Keep your mind open to creative solutions; it can't be if it is full of the problem.

7. Never, Never, Never speak negatively about your body, skills, abilities, luck, or possible future outcomes; all of our words have power to alter our subconscious perception of ourselves and our situations in such a way that our greatest fears often come upon us.

Life is a game. Play.

If you are ready to take your Golf Game to the next level, try using EFT; this is one of the most effective peak performance tools being used by Olympic, Pan Am, Professional, and other elite athletes! To download your FREE, Illustrated Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Manual, go to: (It only takes about 10-seconds to get your Free EFT manual and start erasing stress and managing your emotions more effectively!)

Pete Koerner is the author of The Belief Formula: The Secret to Unlocking the Power of Prayer. The Belief Formula is a look at how you can use ancient wisdom and modern scientific awareness to learn how to use your mind to reclaim your health and create the life of your dreams.

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