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Improve your game from your inbox – Take a break

Improve your game from your inbox – Take a break

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf

Tommy Fleetwood is the top golfer in Europe as he won the Race to Dubai to close the 2017 European Tour season. Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour with a final-round 67 to finish on 19-under par.

This closes the golf season for a few weeks before the gruelling season-long PGA and European Tours continue in the New Year. Several top golfers are in desperate need of a break, most notably, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Both former world number 1 ranked golfers ended the season without a win.

Sometimes a break is just what you need to realign your goals and reset your swing.

Tip of the week – Use your break wisely. suggests that taking a break might be good for your game. There are three things that a break might do for your game.

1. Perspective

When you have a break from playing every weekend, it may help to get some perspective that there are other things that may interest you. Maybe another hobby or just spending time with the family.

2. Less Expectations

The less you play the less you might expect from your game. If you play week in and week out you will create some expectations as your game improves. A well-deserved break will allow you for a while not to expect too much when you return to action.

3. Requires more mental rehearsal

In your mind your swing is always perfect. Contrary to what you might believe this is actually a good thing. By rehearsing your swing in your mind you are actually strengthening the neural pathways in your grey matter allowing them to fire more accurately when you are out on the course again.

So, with the end of the year approaching, consider taking a break. Who knows, you may just come back as a better player.

Quote of the week

Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty – Harry Varden



About The Author

Coen Welsh

Coen Welsh, a qualified industrial psychologist, is an expert on the Antecedents and underlying Psychological Conditions predicting Employee Engagement.He has worked in diverse teams in the UK, Egypt and Namibia. Coen regularly gets invited to speak at HR and other conferences. He is a regular contributor to NBC National Radio as well as Tupopyeni and Off-the-Hook on NBC Television. He is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia. You can visit him at or send a comment to [email protected]