MENTAL TRAINING IS THE SPACE BETWEEN DEVELOPING THE PERSON AND THE GOLFER.
We strongly believe that understanding and developing your mental game is the glue which brings all other elements together.
IJGA’S MENTAL PERFORMANCE GOALS ARE TO HELP YOU:
• Perform the best you can
• Improve your mental game
• Have more control in your game
• Perform more consistently
• Build character and sportsmanship
• Overcome your fears
• And have a lot more fun!
We use a science and fact-based approach to identify the friction points to an individual’s progress and develop a plan to create efficiency and productivity in those areas. This is done in a robust and well-coordinated manner consisting of three critical areas – the classroom, the training tee and tournament experience. Each of these areas is guided by the individualized blueprinting session each student undergoes which combines information from golf, physical performance, and mental training areas to set the direction for student development. In addition, the mental training department also harmonizes with IJGA’s Character Development program to bridge in life skills for holistic development.
We use the classroom to expose students to different topics in applied sport psychology and the psychology of performance. The information from these classes allows students to gain self-awareness and develop a working competence of knowledge that will help them not only be more prepared in golf, but also in life as they pursue college and beyond.
As a compliment to the classroom curriculum, a member of the mental performance team works on the range and course during training to build off of each student’s individualized blueprint and provide support to the training environment.
A critical component to increasing performance and improving scores is to learn more about how each student responds to competition. This is the area that we feel is a key part of blending in facts and creating a plan from objective understanding. During the course of each semester, a member of our mental performance team will help students learn to prepare, compete and reflect on each tournament to enhance the quality of training. Attendance at tournaments will also occur to enhance feedback to each student where it is most important.