Monday, 25 February 2008
Some pictures of Alex Bishop hitting some Confident Golf shots.
The following is a testimonial from one of my Golfing clients Alex Bishop. Alex currently attends The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and is reading Applied Golf Management Studies BA.
His course is run in co-ordance with the PGA european centre of excellence at the natinal training academy at the Belfry and Alex will obtain professional status either during or at the end of his degree.
Working with Tom was all about increasing my confidence and self belief within my golf game. I was already a confident golfer and had no doubt in my own ability but there were areas of my game which were lacking. I went through a stage of fatting chip shots around the greens and catching the ground before the ball which meant I was struggling to get the ball up and down when I missed the greens. This had a detrimental effect on my confidence in that area of my game and I began to feel very nervous and tense whenever I missed the green. Tom helped me to rebuild my confidence I once had in my short game before it went downhill using various techniques including breathing rhythms, visualisation, self talk and anchoring my positive shots which I could draw on in any situation. I began to feel as if I was able to hit any chip shot close or in the hole and I could transfer that work into my long game. I now have the belief that I can hit every green, every fairway or hole every putt. My handicap began to fall and is continuing to do so as I progress to turning professional in the future.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
"He's a Sports Psychologist....It was brilliant wasn't it.... it was Great"! - Jimmy Quinn Manager Cambridge United Football Club, BBC Radio Cambridge 27th Jan 2007
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
The other night I was coaching an under 16's Football (Soccer) Team. After the session my colleague Chris and I started discussing the dynamics of coaching. The topic of practise came up, and the quote "Practise makes Perfect" was discussed. I'd also heard of the phrase "Perfect practise makes perfect". Chris added another development to this theme and said "practise doesn't necessarily make perfect" but "practise does make permanent".
This got me thinking...If we want to get good at anything then we need to practise. Repetition is the mother of all skill. I agree with what my friend Chris said to me on Monday night that practise does in fact make permanent...and I also agree with what I had heard a friend of mine (Spencer Plummer) many a years ago tell me that "Perfect practise makes perfect".
I think it is a combination of the both. In our own lives if we practise things they will be become permanent. And if we practise those things as perfectly as possible those disciplines and attributes that we are cultivating and developing will be made permanent more perfectly.
I would sum it up in this way:
"Practise makes Permanent" + "Perfect Practise makes Perfect" = "Permanent Perfection"