Golfers who are serious about improving their game tend to work hard on the practice range--putting in hours to develop, hone and master their individual swing mechanics for each type of shot--till they create a consistent feel and some confidence. No one expects to get better without practice so they commit themselves wholeheartedly to the physical aspects of the game.
But what about mental training?
Everyone knows there’s a big mental component to golf, but who actually takes the time to train mentally and what does that even look like? Read More
"The Zone" is an “optimal performance state”, a special “mental” place, where somehow, and for some period of time, conscious thought is suspended, everything flows, and you can do no wrong.
Sport Psychologist, Tom Ferraro, Ph.D. calls the pleasure experienced while in the zone “…intrinsically motivating and maybe one of the reasons golfers devote so much time to the game.” If you’ve ever been there, it probably felt “phenomenologically different” from your usual golf game. However fleeting, you want more!!
So what’s the zone and how can golfers find it? Let’s explore Dr. Ferraro’s excellent 1999 article, The Zone and Golf for answers. Read More
Listen to ShoeTips founder, Steve Lewis; sports radio personality, Ann Liguori; and sports psychologist, Tom Ferraro discuss how ShoeTips can help you improve your golf game. Read More
Time to make a game plan...
You know enough to know that golf can be incredibly complicated, not to mention intimidating. As you’ve practiced your strokes, learned the rules and the etiquette, have you given any thought to your mindset? Has anyone introduced you to "the mental game"? Have you ever considered the importance of mental preparation? Read More
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ShoeTips Golf is a confidence builder that leads to better performance and greater enjoyment. It’s simple, brand new and something that neither you, nor the special golfer in your life, has probably ever seen before. Read More
Everyone's talking about the simple breathing technique Jason Dufner used to help win the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club, June 4, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio. As accessible to amateurs as it is to pros, ShoeTips reminds you to bring your attention to your breath as you stand over a putt--or any shot--and let your stroke take care of itself. It sure worked for Dufner! Read More
Last May, as the ShoeTips team was busy developing our new product, a story titled, "How To Keep Your Streak Alive" by Paula Creamer, ran in Golf Digest. It confirmed our concept and that we were on the right track... Read More
James Sieckmann, Director of Instruction at Shadow Ridge C.C., Omaha, Nebraska, short-game expert, four-time Nebraska Section PGA Teacher of the Year and regular contributor to Golf.com offered a mental game approach to "Putt Without Fear" in the May 2017 issue. His advice echoes several of ShoeTips' positive swing thoughts--"visualize", "breathe/focus", and "commit/trust". Read More
Here's a great piece by GolfWeek regular contributor Dr. Bob Winters, an internationally renowned sport psychologist who works with champion golfers, that ran in the February 2017 issue. Winters shares his :60 second strategy to get your head in the right frame of mind to begin your round. Read More