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The Mental Game: We shape our own reality through positive thinking

Written by: megangolf | Date: Monday, March 27th, 2006
Categories: Golf For WomenGolf InstructionLPGA TourPro Tips

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MeganI got my first two tournaments on the Futures Tour under my belt and I have to say that I am pleased with the results. I learned a lot about myself and my game over the last two weeks. I am excited to build on that for the rest of the year.

It’s a challenge playing out there on tour because you have to have the mental toughness week after week. It is a grind to play and practice all day, everyday.

After talking with my mental coach, Dr Joseph Parent, during both tournaments, I discovered that I was thinking way too much about my score which really determined how I played the last few holes of each round. In the next couple of weeks that I have off, I will be practicing the techniques that Doc suggested so that I will be even more prepared for my next event in Louisiana.

I was much more focused the first week at Cleveland Heights than I was at Summerfield the following week. I stayed in the present more often and felt like I was more aggressive. And the scores obviously proved it. After playing scared last week especially after making a 7 on the par-three 15th, I felt like I fought and bounced back; but I know that it had an affect on me the next day. This is why I need to learn how to immediately forget about the negative and focus only on the positive. And by the positive, I mean all the great drives I had, the pure iron shots I hit to only a few feet from the pin, those special chip-ins for birdie or those par saves that get you excited and rev up your adrenaline a bit.

I have learned a lot about the mechanics of the golf swing.

I have learned even more about the mental approach over the last few years and, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to stay mentally tough and be consistent week after week.

I am definitely up for the challenge and I am excited for my first year on tour. I have learned more than I thought I ever would in the last two weeks. Just think of how much I will have learned at the end of the year.

I’m going to end this blog entry with a quote from my favorite author from a book that I actually just finished reading. A quote that I will never forget: “I believe we shape our own reality through positive thinking.”

Until next time…

Megan Heckeroth – Tour Pro

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