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12 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
3 Tools You Need to Pave the Road to a Golf Game You Love | Episode 020
What's the point of playing golf if you don't love your game. If "love" isn't the word you'd use to describe your current feelings about your game then I can help. In this episode, I share the 3 tools you need to pave the road to a golf game you love. Are you in?In golf, your brain is your personal navigation system. Your brain directs your decisions, actions, reactions, and more moment by moment on the course.And just like every type of navigation system, your brain operates specific tools that can help you reach your golf goals.Here are the 3 inner tools that are a natural part of your hardwiring...[2:51] 1: Your Gut - What is your default thinking when you're playing well or not as you would like?[4:21] 2: Your Imagination - If you know that you are playing with negative or self-critical thoughts, where do you think they are coming from?[6:24] 3: Your Inner Caddy - Did you know that your game has already provided you with every bit of evidence you need to establish a solid belief foundation under your game?[9:39] Episode Summary - Here you will find a quick synopsis of this episode.Be sure to download the one-page reference sheet in my latest email newsletter with specific suggestions to help you start leveraging the power of your inner tools both on and off the course. Learn more by visiting https://trainingforoptimalperformance.com/020
14 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
The One Thing That Separates You from the Greatest Golfers | Episode 019
There is one incredible quality the best players possess that you can too. It's not a technically better swing, the ability to hole more putts, or even a longer drive. The one thing that separates you from the greatest golfers starts in your mind and works its way into your performance. I'm talking about your belief.The wonderful Arnold Palmer once said, “I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.” Unshakeable belief is the one thing that separates the good players from the great ones. And belief is trained.The greatest golfers in the game have disciplined their minds so they see themselves and their games from the right perspective. In this first of my new short episode series, you'll discover 3 simple steps that will help you play with a belief that can have a big impact on your golf success.Here's how this episode plays out...[6:16] Step 1: Be Honest About Your Current Thought Habits - What is your default thinking when you're playing well or not as you would like? [7:27] Step 2: Identify the Source of Your Limited Perspective - If you know that you are playing with negative or self-critical thoughts, where do you think they are coming from? [8:40] Step 3: Compile Real Evidence to Expand Your Current Belief - Did you know that your game has already provided you with every bit of evidence you need to establish a solid belief foundation under your game?[11:54] Episode Summary - Here you will find a quick synopsis of this episode.These three steps will get you on a path to developing the kind of belief that aligns with your current ability rather than holding you back from realizing it.
24 minutes | Nov 14, 2021
How to Infuse Your Rounds with the Kind of Thoughts that Improve Scores | Episode 018
When you aren’t playing as well as you’d like it is easy to focus on the things that are causing you frustration. You don’t have to be a club-thrower to have challenges with negative thinking. But a little bit of negativity can take a toll on a big portion of your game. Honestly, there’s no place for negativity on the course if you want to play well. Operating with the wrong kind of mindset will simply prevent you from getting the results you want. Good rounds require a positive outlook on yourself and your ability to play.Strengthening your mental game requires self-awareness before you can improve your self-management. In alignment with that approach, it’s important to understand the typical sources of your negative thoughts, how negative thoughts can hurt your round, and how you can begin thinking more persistently so your thoughts improve your performance.In this episode, you’ll learn how to infuse your rounds with the kind of thoughts that improve scores and avoid the ones that can derail you.Here's how this episode plays out...[6:39] Understanding the Source of Negative Thoughts - In order to combat your negativity, you've got to know where it's coming from. [10:05] 4 Kinds of Thoughts That Can Increase Poor Shots and Bad Holes - While there are lots of thoughts that can negatively impact your rounds, here are the 4 most common I come across in my work with golfers that you'll want to avoid.[16:31] 5 Kinds of Thoughts That Improve Scores - You can be more proactive to develop and play with thoughts that enhance your rounds and make it far easier to bounce back following a disappointing shot.[16:55] 1. Grateful Thoughts [17:28] 2. Scholarly Thoughts [18:08] 3. Humorous Thoughts[18:55] 4. Flexible Thoughts[19:34] 5. Present-Centered Thoughts[22:32] Episode Summary - Here you will find a quick synopsis of this episode.
20 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
How to Improve and Maintain a Successful Pace of Play in Golf | Episode 017
One of the biggest complaints golfers I hear golfers express about the game is how long it can take to play. But the last thing you want to do in response to slow play is to rush because that strategy can actually add time to your round.The strategies in this episode are practical and centered around the parts of the game you can control because other people's pace of play is not. I am constantly hearing the frustrating and disappointing stories of rounds when someone tried to make up for another’s pace of play. It’s simply an approach that is going to backfire on you.I am not suggesting that you should play at a slow pace that prevents you from staying in position relative to the other golfers on the course. I believe that you should take a quality approach to every shot and set a pace that enables you to do that.In this episode, you'll learn how to respond best to external and internal motivations to speed up your pace, and three ways you can better prepare for your next round so you play more efficiently.Be sure to grab your free copy of the one-page highlight sheet by heading to https://trainingforoptimalperformance.com/017Here's how this episode plays out...[8:04] Why you might be rushing - There's never a good reason to speed up your pace of play because by doing so you invite negative consequences.[10:39] How to be sensitive to the pace of your body - Emotional stress can also compel you to rush but there are signals your body gives to help you know when you need to get your pace back under your control.[13:13] 3 ways you can improve your pace of play before you play - Discover the three strategies that will help you play more efficiently.[13:46] #1: Reviewing the course - Take time to refamiliarize yourself with the course you are about to play so that you limit the surprises and unforced errors that could catch you off guard.[14:36] #2: Adjusting your strategy - Review the holes where you've lost shots, balls, or found yourself in tough situations to adjust the way you plan to play them.[15:41] #3: Taking a simple focus to the course - Select one thing you wish to take action on that will help you play better or more consistently in that area of your game.[18:16] Episode Summary - Here you will find a quick synopsis of this episode.
15 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
5 Rules for a Good Round When You're In the Midst of a Swing Change - Part Two | Episode 016
As I talked about in part one of this episode, there is a time to train your swing and a time to maintain your swing. And there are different rules for each approach.You cannot be in both phases at the same time. You are either working on your swing or working to trust and play with the swing in the state it’s in without constantly working on it.When you are training your swing on the range you want to follow rules that help you maintain the right environment to learn and grow. To learn more about those rules, check out my show notes for Episode #015 here.Even while your swing is under construction, you can gather some valuable feedback by test-driving your swing change on the course from time to time. But just like on the range, you must create a solid environment in which to learn and grow without the pressure to score.To help you avoid unnecessary frustration, in this episode I share the 5 rules for a good round when you’re in the midst of a swing change.Be sure to grab your free copy of the cheat sheet for this episode HERE.Here's how this episode plays out...[3:51] Rule #1: Play with a Training-Centered Definition of Success - It's counterproductive to measure your success on the course during a training phase the same way you would when you're not working on your swing mechanics.[5:45] Rule #2: Focus on Doing One Thing Well - The last thing you want to take with you to the course is unnecessary mental clutter. You can play with a quieter mind by focusing on making one change at a time.[6:53] Rule #3: Expect to Make Progress By Making Mistakes - You execute your swing change the right way every time when it's new, so give yourself permission to make mistakes so you can learn something valuable from them.[8:19] Rule #4: Be Creative and Flexible - Golf rounds are ever-changing, so you must play with a mindset that allows you to change with the game without getting unsettled.[9:47] Rule #5: Track Your Progress After Every Hole - While you won't be keeping a traditional score, you can track your rate of success as you play.[11:39] Episode Summary - Here you will find a quick synopsis of the 5 rules for play.If you have any questions about how to apply any of these rules to your game, please join me for my next Ask Me Anything Live Q&A Session inside my Facebook group. I show up live every Tuesday at 11:00 am ET and I'd be happy to help you advance your game.To listen to last week's deep dive into Episode #015 CLICK HERE.If you'd like to join this free group, head on over to PLAY GREAT GOLF on Facebook.
18 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
The Best Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Next Swing Lesson - Part One | Episode 015
When you are working on a swing change the inconsistency of being able to hit the ball the way you’d like or create the shot shape you’re working toward can be frustrating. Did you know that your mental game can help you assimilate a swing change faster and easier?The best learning takes place in an environment devoted to learning off the course -- an environment where it’s okay to make mistakes, hit loopy shots, and micro-manage your mechanics without negative repercussions to your score. That place is on the range. If during a training period in your game you choose to spend some time on the course, you have to also maintain the right environment there to learn and grow. This means leaving your score out of it. If you want to make changes to your swing and get the most out of your lessons with your swing coach, you must have a training plan that consists of specific rules to help you make progress.Part One of your plan, which I cover in this episode, centers around the rules associated with creating a great training environment for your work on the range. In the next episode, I will talk about how you can play when you are in a training phase.Be sure to grab your free copy of the worksheet for this episode HERE.Here's how this episode plays out...[9:01] Rule #1: Set Aside Time to Train - It's important to give yourself pressure-free time and space to learn and grow. This means staying off the course.[10:06] Rule #2: Embrace the Growing Pains - Making changes means moving outside your comfort zone and that can sometimes be a bit painful. You have to recognize that it's the price you pay for progress.[11:04] Rule #3: Lead with Patience and a Positive Attitude - Negativity slows the learning process by bogging your brain down with irrelevant distractions. Positivity paves the way to improvement.[12:13] Rule #4: Keep Your Goals Small and Incremental - Avoid trying to bite off more than you can possibly accomplish by prioritizing what one thing you need to focus on changing first.[13:17] Rule #5: Be Mindful of Your Position on the Journey - Success doesn't happen overnight and it takes time to develop new habits in your swing. Instead of focusing on what's not working, appreciate where you're going.[14:27] Episode Summary - Just want a quick synopsis of the 5 rules, you will find them here.If you have any questions about how to apply any of these rules to your game, please join me for my next Ask Me Anything Live Q&A Session inside my Facebook group. I show up live every Tuesday at 11:00 am ET and I'd be happy to help you advance your game. To join this free group, head on over to PLAY GREAT GOLF on Facebook.
17 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
The Step-by-Step Guide to Take the Pain Out of Your Snowbird Migration | Episode 014
Many of my clients have asked me why they feel like they lose ground (or actually play better) in one location over another.If you’re a snowbird, you are familiar with the challenges that can come when transitioning from north to south, and back again. That’s why in this episode I share the step-by-step guide to take the pain out of your snowbird migration. It includes 3 easy to complete steps that will help you keep making progress season over season.Take a moment to download a copy of the worksheet for this episode HERE.Here's how this episode plays out...[8:23] Step #1: Reset Your Thinking - Before you can kick start a new season, you need to reflect on the one you are completing to assess your game in specific areas.[10:46] Step #2: Reset Your Strategy - It's important to keep a running list of all the valuable reminders to play each of your home courses at your best. A cheatsheet of targeted information can help you keep the right things top of mind.[12:17] Bonus Tip - Don't neglect considering how you might need to address how your migration might challenge you physically.[12:46] Step #3: Reset Your Goals - With the information you gather in steps 1 & 2 you will be equipped to set new goals and corresponding action steps that will help you continue to make progress.If you have any questions about how to select the right action steps to make your goals possible then consider joining me for my next Ask Me Anything Live Q&A in my Facebook group. I show up live every Tuesday at 11:00am ET and I'd be happy to help. To find this private free group, head on over to PLAY GREAT GOLF on Facebook.
18 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Eliminate the Pressure to Play Great by Pointing Your Focus in One Direction | Episode 013
Experiencing pressure to play well is a sign of poor focus. Playing with pressure takes the fun out of the game, causes tension, and negatively impacts your shotmaking ability.What kind of situations cause you to feel pressure to perform?A team event, a golf trip with friends, playing with better golfers, or playing with people you don’t know? In order to play great, you need to have all your attention focused on yourself. Yes, you need to be more self-centered, but in a productive way. In this episode, I teach you how to eliminate the pressure to play great by pointing your focus in one direction.
18 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
The Top 6 Ways to Get Out and Stay Out of a Slump in Golf | Episode 012
If you’ve ever been in one, it can be pretty scary to feel like you are headed into a slump in golf. That’s a place you never want to be, and the good news is that it can be avoided.The scary part of a slump are the unknowns - not knowing exactly how you fell into onenot knowing exactly how you will get out of oneand not knowing how long you might be stuck in oneSlumps can feel like getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle with no way out in sight. You just have to know the warning signs and steps to get back on track fast. That’s why in this episode I share the top 6 ways to get out and stay out of a slump in golf.
17 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
The 5 Best Ways to Keep Your Mental Battery Charged in Golf | Episode 011
Some rounds can leave you feeling completely spent physically. But have you ever considered how your rounds might be draining your mental and emotional reserves?It’s not uncommon that I hear golfers talk about grinding their way through a round like it’s a badge of honor. It’s actually an ineffective way to get the most out of your performance, golf or otherwise. For that reason alone, I thought this podcast was overdue.Burning the candle at both ends, wearing yourself out by trying harder, or overthinking your game doesn’t lead to good results. You’ve been there and tried that.Having built-in rest stops to refresh and recharge yourself is critical to good play. That’s why in this episode I’m going to share the 5 best ways to keep your mental battery charged in golf.
24 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
10 Practical Ways to Transform Your Golf Goals Into Winning Action | Episode 010
Like many golfers around the globe, you may be about to embark on another golf season. Perhaps your excitement is mounting because due to winter or a wet start to the spring your game has been on hiatus.As you think about what you’d like to accomplish, it’s natural to want to set some lofty goals. And you definitely should.But goals aren’t enough to get you and your game to the finish line your envisioning without a strategic game plan. That’s why in this episode I share 10 practical ways to transform your golf goals into winning action. To grab the free downloads visit https://trainingforoptimalperformance.com/010
22 minutes | May 10, 2021
How to Apply a Smart Lesson from a Famous Tiger | Episode 009
You’ve heard me say that golf is a game and it’s mean to be fun. But sometimes fun comes packaged as a test of your resilience.In case you’re wondering, the fun happens in golf when you know you endured the test without losing any ground with your confidence.In this episode, I talk about how to apply a simple golf lesson from a famous tiger that will help you improve your resilience when the game tests you, and the six ways you can apply it to your game.
29 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
How Professional and Amateur Golfers Play to Win | Episode 008
What does it take to play great golf? Do you know?You’ve had rounds where everything felt easy, but you may have walked away from a great experience at a loss for how to repeat it. After watching those contending for the win at this year’s Masters event you might think that great golf requires things like talent, patience, courage, experience, and solid strategy. And you’d be right. But what great golf really comes down to is a great approach that is centered around enhancing the process side of your game rather than the outcome side. In this episode, I am going to pull back the curtain to reveal the specifics of how professional and amateur golfers play to win.
24 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
The Pros and Cons of the Six Dominant Golf Personalities | Episode 007
Do you know what your golf personality is? There are six dominant types that I’ve encountered over the years. From an outside perspective, they all appear to have merit. But there are some serious downsides to seemingly good ones that may surprise you. That’s why in this episode, I reveal the pros and cons of the six dominant golf personalities and the reason why there is only one that I teach my clients to adopt.
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Top 10 Reasons Why Your Mind is to Blame for Your High Scores | Episode 006
Have you ever had a great round and been really excited to get back out there because you couldn’t wait to repeat the experience?But much to your disappointment, your next round unfolds differently and not in a good way?Playing great golf doesn’t have to be a mystery. When trouble arises, most golfers think that their faulty swing mechanics are the cause of their inconsistent play. In this episode, I challenge that conclusion by sharing specific situations I constantly hear about and the top 10 reasons why your mind is to blame for your high scores.
23 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
How to Sharpen Your Golf Focus So You Can Hit Better Shots | Episode 005
Have you ever lost your focus during a round only to have it cost you a shot or more?Or maybe you’ve had your mind go completely blank in the middle of a swing.Though at times it feels like your focus goes up in smoke, you’re actually always focused on something. But to play solid golf you’ve got to know how to regain, train, and maintain a laser-like focus on the right parts of your game.That’s why in this episode, I share 3 ways you can sharpen your golf focus so you can hit better shots.
21 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Discover the One Habit You Absolutely Need to Play Great Golf⎪Episode 004
What kind of memories do you retain about your golf experiences? My guess is that you can recall some really clutch moments when you rose to a challenge, some pretty frustrating ones, and a lot in-between. For most golfers, only a small percentage of the experiences they remember are advantageous to their game. The majority of their memories can actually do a lot of damage when resurrected during a round. That’s why in this episode I want to talk about one important habit that can make a big difference.
15 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
The 3 Proven Ways to Increase Your Luck in Golf⎪Episode 003
Have you been feeling lucky lately? Every golfer loves those moments when it feels like the stars have aligned in their game and shots are just working out even when they don't make perfect contact. But you can't wait around hoping for the best if you want to play great. In this episode, I share the 3 proven ways to increase your luck in golf. And the best part is that you may be surprised at how easy it is to do.
22 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
The Top 2020 Golf Lessons You Absolutely Want to Use | Episode 002
There’s no denying that 2020 was really tough in a variety of ways for every person on the planet. And I get that you, like many, are set on drop-kicking the last year into oblivion in your mind with the hope that the New Year will bring us all back to a state of normalcy — or at least something close to it.But I want to challenge you to conduct a year in review with me that’s a bit different. Why? Because the challenges that you endured over the past twelve months had some lessons that came with them that I don’t want you to miss. When you embrace and leverage the changes that challenging times create you position yourself for greater success. So before saying a final farewell to the year, in this episode, I share the top 2020 golf lessons you absolutely want to use.
6 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
The Who, the What, and the Wow Behind She Talks Birdie | Episode 001
Welcome to She Talks Birdie! The best podcast for golfers who want to play great! I'm your host, Dr. Shannon Reece. My goal is to provide you with simple, actionable tips you can easily apply to your game so that your mind starts working for you and not against you. This is the first step to being able to play great more often. If this sounds good to you, then you’re in the right place.
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