The Golf Psychology PodcastAuthor: Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D.
23 Feb 2019

The Golf Psychology Podcast

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    How to Stay in The Zone When Playing Well

    Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program and Breaking The Yips Cycle DVD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

    When playing well, do you tend to take yourself out of the zone?

    In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Tom.

    Tom tends to jerk himself out of the zone when he is playing well.

    Here's what he had to say about his game:

    "I'll play incredible for a few holes and then i'll think about how great im playing and what would it feel like to win... BAM! A double or a triple bogey. Then the process repeats... Most recently in my club championship, I went up 3 after 6 against my arch rival and started thinking, 'I've got him! I'm good enough,' and BAM! Again I lost my focus; I rolled off 3 bogeys in a row. May the turn even and he finally won 2 up with 1 to play. What's going on with this?"

    COHN: Tom, I chalk this up into a couple of mental game errors...

    COHN: The first one would be focusing too much on results or outcome. In other words, getting ahead of yourself and then the other one maybe a little bit of comfort zone twist thrown in there as well.

    COHN: It is very easy for golfers to jerk themselves out of the zone.

    COHN: When you are playing well and you are in the zone, you're just playing one  hole, one shot at a time and your doing your nest to focus only on that.

    COHN: When you get into a position to win or you get a good round going, maybe a career round, and you realize that, you start to judge how you are playing.

    COHN: That is when havoc can start because as soon as you start judging that you're doing well in that moment, that's where you can start to jerk yourself out of what you're doing.

    Listen to the podcast to learn what Dr. Cohn says you should focus on to stay in the zone.


  • Posted on 03 Feb 2019

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    How to Stop Overthinking During Your Swing

    Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program and Breaking The Yips Cycle DVD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

    Do you get confused as to the number of swing thoughts you should have over the ball or whether you should just be focused on a target?

    In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Andy who had this to say about his game:

    "Ive been golfing for 50 years and I never felt comfortable with my wedge game. But after a lesson, my confidence boomed. I now have three things to think about, one on the back swing and two on the down swing.But recently I attended a golf seminar about simply picking a target and not having any swing thoughts. My questions is what if i was to just think about the target when hitting a wedge? What kind of a swing would that produce? Would it be my wedge swing Ive had for 50 years or the new swing I've only practiced for six months. I feel like I need to have all three of these points in my mind to make the move but I cant do that and think of a target as well. I'd be very interested in your thoughts..."

    COHN: Andy, I have a lot to say about this particular topic...

    COHN: A lot of the gurus out there may tell you to let go of swing thoughts and just think about the target.

    COHN: Now, in some cases that's highly appropriate. You just don't want to focus on the target and think that you are going to make the right move...

    COHN: Let me talk a little about the stages of learning...

    Listen to the podcast now to learn what Dr. Cohn has to say about what you should think about when swinging.

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  • Posted on 20 Jan 2019

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    How Does Mental Coaching for Golf Work?

    Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program and Breaking The Yips Cycle DVD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

    Have you ever considered doing mental coaching but you're unsure of whether it will help or not?

    In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Joe who wants to know:

    What is the success rate that I have with doing mental coaching programs with golfers.

    COHN: Interesting question... When someone often says, 'What's your cure rate or success rate?' I know they really don't understand what mental coaching is all about.

    COHN: From my perspective, mental coaching is more about educating athletes about their thinking, about some of the mental blocks they have and about helping them improve their consistency both in their mental game and their physical game.

    COHN: I really look at myself more as an educator than I do as a therapist, where I'm getting some type of success rate.

    COHN: The ultimate goal for me is so that you can play in competition just as well as you do in a practice round.

    COHN: most of the time if you are shooing 75, for example, in practice rounds and then 85 in competition, that's an indication that your mental game is getting in the way, given the conditions, it was the same course and the conditions were the same.

    COHN: So, I don't offer success rates, period. We don't keep track of that. I look to educate my students on how to improve their mental game by enhancing confidence, trust, focus and composure, these are the components.

    Listen to the podcast now to learn how Dr. Cohn helps golfers with mental coaching.

    Download a free golf psychology report to improve your preshot routine.  

    Visit Golf Psychology Coach for more mental game articles.


  • Posted on 23 Dec 2018

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    How to Control Your Temper in a Golf Round

    Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program and Breaking The Yips Cycle DVD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

    If you hit some really bad shots and get upset, does your temper start to destroy the rest of your game or the rest of the round?

    In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Keith who says that his temper is really destroying his confidence.

    Keith wrote in and said:

    "I've been golfing for 50 years but I've gone from a solid 9 to scoring around 90. I hit some great shots but also some terrible ones including the occasional shank, but then I get so down on myself that my game goes to pieces. I can't control my temper which destroys my confidence, there by resulting in a downward sprial. Is there some way I can learn to stay more positive and control my temper?"

    COHN: Keith, great question... I work with this issue with juniors to college to pros to senior players. It's critical to stay composed.

    COHN: I want to start by sating look at your handicap, that means you're going to make mistakes, you're going to hit bad shots, maybe even the occasional shank. It just happens...

    COHN: So, number 1 is you're probably going out there with too high of expectations for your game.

    Listen to the podcast now to learn what Dr. Cohn says you can control your temper during a round.

    Download a free golf psychology report to improve your preshot routine.  

    Visit Golf Psychology Coach for more mental game articles


  • Posted on 09 Dec 2018

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    Golfers Who Focus Too Much on Technical Skills

     

    Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program and Breaking The Yips Cycle DVD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

    Are you supposed to focus on technical thoughts about your swing when you go play or should you not have any technical thoughts at all?

    In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Andrew who wants to know what's the right way to play so he can be more consistent.

    Andrew wrote in and said:

    "I'm a senior golf pro. I've tried every swing there is with hope of finding a swing I can repeat. Over the years I've gotten worse. My feelings is that I need a repeatable swing to play but I've never managed this. Sometimes on the range I just hit draws and fades with no swing thoughts. I would never miss a shot. It feels the opposite of what I'm supposed to do. Should.i have swing thoughts? Try to get in the perfect position? Well that doesn't work or no technical thoughts. I'll hit it so much better but it's not the right way to go about it. Do you have any help?"

    This is an important issue…

    Ultimately you want to separate the game into 2 different zones...

    Listen to the podcast now to learn what zones Dr. Cohn is referring to and learn his philosophy on how to maximize consistency on the golf course.

    Download a free report for golfers with the yips.

    Download a free golf psychology report to improve your preshot routine.  

    Visit Golf Psychology Coach for more mental game articles

     


  • Posted on 25 Nov 2018

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