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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...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Admit you’re not perfect

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf Golf has many examples of players collapsing from seemingly unassailable leads. Famously Greg Norman and Jordan Spieth at the Masters 20 years apart. The CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges set the scene for another collapse. Admittedly in a less revered environment, Justin Thomas, made a double bogey on the third hole after being in the joint lead starting the day. This setback opened it up for other players to put some pressure on Thomas. He eventually managed to beat Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole to win his fifth PGA Tour...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Dream Big

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf Erik van Rooyen has secured his card to play on the European Tour next season after winning the Hainan Open. The man with the million-dollar smile had to battle the wind and the rain to win by two strokes. reports that the 27-year-old can not wait to play alongside his close friends Dylan Frittelli and Julian Suri – both former Challenge Tour players who have won on the European Tour this season. Van Rooyen told “I am super stoked and it has always been a dream of mine to play...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Go for it!

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf Brendan Steele won the FedEx Cup season opener at the Safeway Open for the second year running. But afterwards he admitted to losing focus in the previous season, playing only to protect his FedEx Cup points to get into the season ending TOUR Championship as opposed to winning tournaments. He told “I really felt like at the end of the season through the summer, I definitely limited myself to what I was trying to achieve,” Steele explained. “I just wanted to make the TOUR Championship so bad, I was just trying...

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Improve your game from your inbox – Don’t Lose Yourself

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf Haydn Porteous won the D+D REAL Czech Masters for his second win on the European Tour. His first came at the Joburg Open last season. He had this to say after this win: “When you start playing on the European Tour you start to lose yourself. You lose how you got out here in the first place and to then find yourself again and do the things you do to normally get on the Tour, is key.” Eminem won a Grammy Award for this advice with the lyrics: “You better lose yourself...

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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 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 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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