Lessons From Overconfident Golfers That Can Help You Perform Better

Lessons From Overconfident Golfers That Can Help You Perform Better

Dr Gio Valiante is one of the most prominent Sports Psychologists in the world. He has worked with many of golf’s top players, including Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Davis Love III.  His clients have won a host of PGA Tour and majors.  Gio applies the best ideas in psychology to coach not only some of the worlds’ best athletes but investors, sales forces, and executives too.  Anywhere there is a scoreboard that rewards competitive excellence at an individual and team level he thrives, helping people live fearlessly, strategise deliberately, and apply effort consistently to push themselves to ever higher peaks.

Gio Valiante
Sports Psychologist, Gio Valiante PHD

Gio is also the author of ‘Fearless Golf’ and ‘Golf Flow.’

A lot of golfers lack confidence and trust in their ability to execute shots and putts and shoot the scores that they are capable of.  As a result, they often cause themselves problems by the decisions that they make. Common things I notice are over practicing, reactively practicing, an over reliance on YouTube coaching and a quick fix mentality.  On the course they are then guilty of overthinking, complicating the game with too many swing thoughts, trying to control their swing, temper tantrums and a lot more…

In today’s short bite-sized episode well renowned Performance Psychologist to many PGA tour players Gio Valiante talks about over-confident and cavalier golfers and the challenges that they can face. However, as most golfers or athletes who contact Sport Psychologists are bringing problems to overcome, David challenges you to learn some lessons from the overconfident golfer.

Key Learning Points:

  • An over-confident golfer is likely to take risks.
  • Cavalier golfers will trust their technique and swing automatically with a quiet mind.
  • Bodily tension and heart rate will be reduced in the over-confident golfers.
  • For golfers lacking in confidence, you could recognise that your thoughts, moods, physiology, behaviours, and values are all interconnected, and that changing one, changes others, and ultimately could lead to better golf without changing your technique.

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David Charlton

Online Golf Performance Psychologist who supports many golfers around the world from the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australian and New Zealand, using ONLINE Video Conferencing.    

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence, Host of Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over a decades’ experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, faster.    

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