After You read it, if You have any questions on how I can help you improve Your mental game and get on an Alpha Process level, give me a call!

Two Young Golfers

Encounter an Old Pro

at the 19th Hole

This article was originally published by William C. Smith, BCH -- April 7th, 2012

Here’s a story I think You will enjoy.   
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I share it with my Golfers and other athletes (yes, it can be applied to any sport really) I work with in my office in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and even have Golfers come in from out of state to help get their Mental Game on track – or back on track as is sometimes the case.  
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After You read it, if You have any questions on how I can help you improve Your mental game and get on an Alpha Process level, give me a call and let’s get to work!   
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Now – enjoy the story! 

Not long ago, two Golfers were sitting at the 19th hole enjoying some relaxing time after a frustrating day on the links.
Not long ago, two Golfers were sitting at the 19th hole enjoying some relaxing time after a frustrating day on the links. They noticed an Older Golfer as he came in. One of them immediately recognized him as one of the Greats of Golf, but was surprised because he thought the Older Golfer had died a few years back. .
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The Older Golfer seemed to be alone and was looking for a place to sit in the crowded room. He noticed the two Golfers had an extra place at their table and asked if they would mind if he joined them. .
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Without hesitation, he was made welcome at the table. He asked how their round went. Both answered it could be better. They asked if he had any advice that would help them play better.
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The Older Golfer smiled and shook his head and said “The outcome of Your Golf depends on which Golf Voice You listen to that’s talking inside Your head.” Noticing the two Golfers looked puzzled he continued.

“Each Golfer has two Golfers talking to him when he’s playing. One Golf Voice says things like: It’s either a hook, slice, or Miracle. Uh-oh, water up ahead, better get one of the old balls out. How bad am I going to play today? Why can’t I hit the ball like I do at the practice range? I just know I’m going to miss this short putt. I bet the guys are laughing at me after that last shot. That Voice makes excuses, gets angry, frustrated, and is full of doubt, worry, and stress.”

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He continued, “The other Golf Voice says: Watch me make this shot! How do I get past that water / sand? The more I practice, the better I get when I play. I’m going to enjoy hearing the clink of the ball hitting the bottom of the cup. After a good round, instead of bragging, he tells his buddies what a great game they had together. This voice fills his mind full of thoughts that are confident, calm, focused, and expectation of a good round of Golf.”
Each Golfer has two Golfers talking to him when he is playing

“There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts.  The busier you keep yourself with the particular of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional.  This is sheer intensity.”  Jack Nicklaus.

“Golf is a game of inches. The most important are those between the ears.” Arnold Palmer

"Of all the hazards, fear is the worst." – Sam Snead

“When you're prepared, you're more confident. When you have a strategy, you're more comfortable.” Fred Couples
Then he looked at them and asked, “Which Golf Voice are You listening to? Because the one You listen to will determine Your score.”
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He told them how much he enjoyed visiting with them and excused himself. As he stood up to leave, he smiled, waved, and walked away, and then just seemed to disappear in the crowd.
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One of the Golfers got the help of a Mental Coach with his game. The other didn’t.
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Guess which one is playing better now and enjoying his Golf game more!

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