Golf is a nuanced game that requires full commitment and concentration on every shot. As players begin to play in higher stakes matches and tournaments, one’s ability to remain mentally strong becomes more important.
Individuals that are able to effectively manage their emotions, trust themselves, and return to the present moment will have a significant competitive advantage over their opponents.
However, many players become consumed by the moment and are afraid to make mistakes. They end up second guessing themselves and get caught in a fear mindset, leading to overthinking and missed opportunities.
We work with Golfers to help them perform at their potential and to manage the inner game of golf. We most commonly help Golfers with:
- The Problem
As a golfer, it is easy to trust your game when the stakes are low. Shots may be coming effortlessly on the range, but as soon as the constraints of competitive play come in one may lose this ability to play freely. Instead of picking out a shot and committing to it, players may decide what shot they don’t want to hit and try to avoid it at all costs. This commonly takes place because golfers get overly concerned about the outer scorecard and move into a results-based mindset. Although we must be mindful of what we seek to avoid in our planning on shots, focusing on what we don’t want to happen is not an effective long term strategy.
- How We Help
Being able to trust oneself and commit to playing in alignment with their identity requires golfers to get clarity around their inner scorecard. We help golfers to dial in their pre-shot routine to block out thoughts of doubt and switch into a process-focused approach. When golfers are able to operate from a space of trust in their abilities, the game not only becomes more fun and enjoyable, but performance increases as they become more likely to tap into the ‘zone’.
- The Problem
Upon a missed putt or ball hit O.B., golfers often allow this scenario to elicit an emotional response. They may get frustrated or begin to question their abilities to hit certain shots. These emotions and negative thinking patterns may then influence their following shots, only serving to perpetuate poor play. All of a sudden, one bad shot has turned into a string of 4 bad holes, and the round has gotten away from them.
- How We Help
When golfers experience a moment of emotions or negative thinking, they must have a routine to allow them to accept the scenario and return to the present moment. We teach golfers a comprehensive reset routine that allows them to get their mindset back on track, which helps them to bounce back quickly after mistakes. We commonly are advised to forget about bad shots or to ignore them, and while this is well intended, the mind cannot simply be erased. Instead, golfers need to learn how to accept the adversity and stay centred so they can move forward effectively.
- The Problem
Golf is a mentally taxing game and requires players to remain even keel for a long period of time. Moreover, you spend 4 or more hours with your own thoughts and feelings while out on the course. Oftentimes this gives way for players to get too loose during a round or conversely, become too tight and experience pressure. It can also be easy to jump ahead several holes or already write off the round because of a few bad holes.
- How We Help
Instead of just being out there and letting things happen to us, we want to develop strategies and routines to be aware of our thinking and notice when our thoughts drift away. As much as golfers may be negatively influenced by what goes on around them, we work to help players take advantage of their surroundings and make the most of their round/situation. We do this by providing tools and concepts that help them accept the situation and shift their focus back to present moment.
At CEP, our purpose is to help you achieve Consistent Elite Performance.
In order to do that, you need to spend more time in the ZONE.
The problem is, like most golfers, you spend too much time in your own head.
This can be frustrating and discouraging because you have put in all this work to develop your physical abilities, but your mindset is causing you to underperform.
We understand that working on your mindset can be difficult and confusing.
That is why the CEP System has 3 simple steps that have helped 10,000’s of athletes get in the ZONE:
When you join our programs, you will stop spending so much time in your own head and start achieving Consistent Elite Performance.
You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint – and in the same manner you shouldn’t work on your mental game without first knowing what to work on.
The CEP assessment breaks down your mindset into the 7 Mental Skills that you need to develop in order to build a strong foundation and win the mental game.
This breakdown not only helps us determine which mental skills to prioritize in your program, but also ensures we keep you accountable to making progress.
Now that you can see what you will be working on, let us show you HOW you will work on it.
A good blueprint won’t help without the right tools. For example, you may have tried the cookie-cutter advice perpetuated by sport culture like ‘be positive, forget about it, or don’t worry about it.’
But when you build your mental game by patching together all these fluffy quick fixes – it’s like building a house out of straw – it is not sustainable & will fall apart in the face of adversity & pressure.
Instead, you need to build your mental game – like you would a brick house – out of practical & personalized strategies that deliver reliable and repeatable results.
We have 3 sets of tools – you might not need to use all the tools, but you do need to build your personalized mental toolbox based on your blueprint and current needs.
All of our athletes consistently implement these 4 Fundamentals to get in the Zone on game day. The Alter Ego is at the core, and the other 3 strategies create a continuous Prepare-Play-Reflect Process that maximizes your ability to show up as your best self.
Mental Preparation is used before games and practices, the Reset Routine is used during, and the Reflection Process is used after. When you consistently implement these cyclical strategies, it results in an upward spiral in your mindset and performance.
There are also 7 Support Tools that help optimize the 4 Fundamentals. Integrating these tools into your Prepare-Play-Reflect Process will help you overcome your biggest mental blocks.
The key to optimizing your performance identity always comes back to consistently implementing and refining the 4 fundamentals.
This set of tools is key to building the right habits before and after games, as well as away from the arena or field. These habits not only include what to do, but what not to do. For example, frequently checking stats is a common habit athletes need to remove or limit.
These 5 Tools help you manage daily stresses, create effective feedback mechanisms, and build an optimal environment to maximize your mental and physical preparedness for game day.
To support these tools, you also have the option to integrate the most current technologies for elite athletes (e.g., Whoop, Muse, HeartMath).
The final set of tools is the pinnacle of working on your mindset. It helps you be the best leader you can be and positively influence others. These 3 Tools work together to optimize the ‘soft’ skills of leadership.
Most athletes will not start their programs working with these tools, but as they master their performance identity and elite habits, they naturally become better leaders and are primed to tap into these tools.
Implementing steps 1 and 2 can get you results quickly, but if you stop doing the work you will gradually stop getting the benefits.
Similar to how a brick house needs be maintained and modified – the mental game requires constant work and refinement. It never ends.
It is a constant process of self-awareness, self-discovery, and growth.
As time passes you will need to evolve & upgrade your alter ego and reset routine.
You should also constantly tweak and tinker with their personalized scorecard, imagery scripts, and core priorities to match your ever changing landscape.
At CEP Mindset, we like to use our 5 Milestones to make the mental game more tangible and help keep you committed to the constant upkeep and upgrades.
Every season you start from square one and have to put in the work to reach each milestone.
Note that the numbers above are generic and are altered depending on the sport. We use 95% plus in the zone to avoid the trap of perfection.
1-on-1 Coaching Programs for Golfers
We work with Youth, Amateur, and Professional Golfers
The 1-on-1 coaching sessions are in person, on zoom, or via phone and they are schedule based on your needs and availability. You start with a free 30 minute 1-on-1 intro session, then your coach will recommend which option will be the best fit for you. The first session in your program is generally 1 hour and the remaining sessions are 30 minutes. Here are the options for amateur golfers:
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Start with a free 30 min intro session. Once you choose a program, then we promise that within the first 30-Days you will be satisfied with your program and see results or we will give you a 100% refund. You choose a program that you plan to complete – you are not locked in and can stop at anytime.
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Because of this level of commitment from us, we ONLY select athletes that are highly committed to achieving Consistent Elite Performance into these programs, and once in, athletes are required to meet certain expectations to stay in the program.
Acceleration Days (approximately a 2 hr session) are meant to expedite your journey up the Mindset Mountain. When and how these sessions are used are unique to each athlete and their needs, but generally, they are used for either:
a) Reviewing a recent game performance, where your coach has either watched video prior to the Acceleration Day or has watched you perform live (if possible). In the session, your coach will give you their analysis of your game, particularly in regards to your mindset and body language. This will facilitate important dialogue that will help you achieve optimal performance through better alignment of your mindset and actions.
b) Tackling a meaningful opportunity for growth, such as: develop the fundamentals quickly, help you break through a major mental block, or take a high-level assessment of your overall situation, then narrow down on the greatest opportunities for growth and create a highly detailed plan for development going forward.
The rule of thumb is that our programs are NOT covered under most benefits because Dr. Cassidy Preston & the CEP team of coaches are not clinical therapists and are not licensed to diagnose or treat mental illness. They are coaches and consultants who help athletes strengthen their mindset, get in the ZONE, and achieve Consistent Elite Performance. You can read more about the similarities and differences between a sport psychologist and mental performance coach by clicking here.