How to Help Golfers Overcome their Mental Game Challenges

How to Help Golfers Overcome their Mental Game Challenges

Dr. Bob Winters

Dr. Robert K Winters is an internationally recognised sport psychologist, author and professional educator.  He is the President of his own performance enhancement company located in Orlando, Florida and is the Resident Sport Psychologist for the internationally renowned Leadbetter Golf Academy World Teaching Headquarters at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Robert K. Winters completed his Ph.D. degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Virginia and served on the athletic coaching staff for eight years. He is a former collegiate and touring professional with over 45 years of competitive experience. He helped create the NIKE Golf School Junior golf schools around the USA and has been involved with that program since 1992.

Dr. Robert K. Winters has coached over 80 Collegiate All-Americans and has several NCAA Team and Individual Champions in Divisions I, II and III, the NAIA and other college divisions. He has been the mental coach of US, British, Australian and Scottish Amateur Champions as well as having coached US Men’s and Women’s Open Champions and other professional major athletes in a variety of sports.

On today’s episode of the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast, I was delighted to be joined by Dr. Bob Winters, an internationally recognised sport psychologist who has supported US Men’s and Women’s Open Golf Champions and many other elite professional and amateur athletes across a variety of sports.

In the episode we discuss sport psychology in golf and the field as a whole. We also chat about grit and many elements of mental toughness and how they apply to our work in supporting golfers to get the most out of their skills and abilities.

Key Learning Points:

  • Anxiety and stress are always the killers of any type of athletic movement, especially in sports using perceptual motor skills such as golf. 
  • For the Leadbetter Golf Academy at Champions Gate in Orlando, I provide a lot of information for all our academy golf instructors.
  • My process is helping each person develop a personal playing philosophy.
  • “The first question I would ask you, David, in relation to your golf – Are you good?”
  • We need to get out of realistic thinking or probability thinking and look to encourage possibility thinking.
  • Giving our best effort every day and on every shot is under our control 
  • Every putt can be made, no matter the distance.
  • Every putt deserves to be made.

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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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