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Improve your game from your inbox – Mind Tricks

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf Kevin Anderson made an amazing run to the US Open where he faced Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He gave a good account of himself losing only a handful of service games on his way to a 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 loss. At 31 he is one of the oldest players to reach their first Grand Slam final and the first South African since his countryman and namesake Kevin Curran decades before him. He has been on the ATP Tour for as long as Rafa has...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Priorities and Perspective

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf Psychology Louis Oosthuizen completed a unique grand slam by finishing second at all the majors by finishing T2 at the 2017 PGA Championship. Pete Cowan (the “Best Teacher No One Knows” according to GolfDigest.com) had this to say about Louis. “Louis Oosthuizen’s gift was to never be tempted to change the awesome swing that won the Open at St. Andrews in 2010. It’s the same basic swing I saw when he came to me as an amateur.” “That’s a gift, believe me. When a player has success, there’s always a voice that...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Body Language

Coen Welsch on the Psychology of Golf According to the PGATour.com the winner of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, Justin Thomas, had the swagger of a champion long before winning his first major. The dictionary defines a swagger as walking or behaving in a very confident and arrogant or self-important way. Justin Thomas has reason to have a swagger as with this win he joins a select list of players since 1960 to win four tournaments, including a major, in a single season at 24 years old or under: Jack Nicklaus (1963), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000), Rory...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Breaking out of a performance slump

The Psychology of Golf by Coen Welsh Six top ten finishes in a year which still has five months left does not sound bad, but in the case of Rory McIlroy that constitutes a performance slump. McIlroy has won at least one PGA Tour tournament in every season he has played in since 2009. New equipment, new caddy and recovering from some injuries you could say that Rory has all the excuses in the world to justify his current form, however the 4-time major winner’s mind is in exactly the right place if you are going through a performance...

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