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10 Things you must know to succeed in golf - Love #8!

10 Things you must know to succeed in golf – Love #8!

10 Things you must know to succeed in golf – Love #8!

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  is a leading sports psychologist with several players on the PGA Tour.  These players face tough mental stress day in and day out.  Gio is there to guide them through the process and make them better players.  Follow these 10 proven steps that Gio shares with  of Golf Digest, and you will also know what it takes to succeed in golf!

10 Things you must know to succeed in golf - Love #8!

Gio Valiante.


See the positive in a setback.

For Matt Kuchar, the 2009 BMW Championship was a crushing experience. We thought a top-5 finish would get him into the Tour Championship in Atlanta — a “home game” because he lives nearby. When he finished with a 75, he was very disappointed. But he asked himself, What can I learn from this? Matt thought he played too conservatively on Sunday, so he resolved to have a more aggressive mind-set. Three weeks later, he shot a final-round 69 at Turning Stone and won. The positives are always there if you make the effort to find them.


Allow success to find you.

Coming into the Barclays this past August, Matt had nine top 10s on the year but no wins. The tendency here is to press. But we agreed that rather than make any changes, he just needed to keep getting in position. Players often get impatient and make a swing change or shift in strategy, when all they need is perseverance. That’s what Matt had, and he got his win that week.


Don’t think golf owes you.

Camilo Villegas  missed a three-footer to win his semifinal match against Paul Casey in the Accenture Match Play in February. He went on to lose in sudden death. Camilo’s reaction was interesting: “I made a lot of putts this past week. Even great putters miss putts sometimes.”

A week later he flew to his home country of Colombia to support the first Nationwide Tour event played there. Camilo returned for the Honda Classic with a feeling of gratitude for all that he has in life. He had a bounce in his step and a free stroke with the putter. Putting the best he had in a long time. Camilo had 28 putts on Sunday and won by five. The lesson: We are entitled to nothing in golf. Playing the game, with appreciation and in good health — those are gifts. That realization can have a major effect on you.


The game sends messages.

In 2009, Stuart Appleby finished 137th on the money list. His swing was good; more than anything, he seemed unmotivated. I thought the game was telling him he needed to rediscover his passion. We talked about it, and he responded, working very hard. Last August he wound up an 11-week run by shooting 59 to win at The Greenbrier. How did he celebrate? By playing five of the next six weeks. The game speaks to us, tells us why we’re underperforming. Listen up.


Play with a fearless edge.

The Sunday before the Barclays in 2009, it looked like Heath Slocum was going to miss out on the FedEx Cup playoffs. When he just squeaked in, he felt like it was all a bonus and decided to play without fear. Mind you, he didn’t play reckless, but gone was any feeling of restraint. That freedom produced great results and a one-shot win over Tiger Woods.

To see the other 5 mental keys to becoming a winner, go here!

Source:       Golf Digest

Pictures:    Bart Everson

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