Penny shares her extensive knowledge as a two time LPGA winner and former LPGA top 10 golfer in the world. Now Penny uses her specific focusing techniques to help everyone from athletes to people in the business world
Penny’s Roy McAvoy moment came at the age of 20 playing for her country during the Tasman Cup. Penny let fear drive her to a nasty case of the shanks around the greens.
Lesson learned: You have to stay present and not allow what just happened to influence what’s about to happen.
Elite players have systems in place to deal with every type of situation. This is what allows them to perform with consistency. You don’t have to “think” you just follow your mental system.
Penny has a free download outlining her 10 steps for smart decision making under the gun. You can get her free download here: http://pennypulz.com/ponderfocus/
For those of you who may be struggling with the visualization portion of your mental game Penny has this quick tip.
Penny’s go to practice drill: Slow, medium, fast, super fast swings to find you most natural tempo.
Penny’s book recomendation: Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book
There’s two important things to know about your golf game if you want to get better: what to improve and how to improve it.
While working with Wujitech Geoff has developed a proven system for consistent, successful adaptation of change. This system can be boiled down to three basic concepts: learn, train, then perform.
Learning is like studying - it’s about creating the right picture in your mind
Training is like taking quizzes - it’s about transferring that picture from your mind to a feeling in your body.
Performing is like taking a test - it’s about letting go of the focus on the feeling and just trusting the action.
The biggest hurdle people run into in the performance stage is that they learn by thinking of things so that’s how they assume they should perform. Thinking is great for learning but we want free, fluid, consistent results during our performance.
Thinking of positions in the swing is like looking at snapshots, you need to transition from focusing on pieces to focusing on a movement and then taking that movement to the target.
The opposite fix is a great way work your changes. EX: If you want to fix a slice, learn to hit a hook. Learning how to do the extreme opposite of your problem makes it much easier to find that middle ground and execute.
Roy MacAvoy Moment: In his senior year of highschool Sammy was coming into 18 at -4. After sticking his approach to about 7 feet frustration and a loss of focus caused a 5 PUTT!
Lesson Learned: Acceptance - You’re not going to make every birdie putt you look at but if you’re not careful you could compound the problem.
It’s important to be aware of how you react to your shots. Some people are so negative that even when they hit a good shot they’re not happy about it.
Don’t dwell on what you’re doing wrong. If the list of what you’re doing right is longer, make sure you recognize that. (ex: Are you being too hard on yourself???)
The importance of thought patterns. It’s easy to beat yourself over every little thing you do wrong, how often are you celebrating and drawing confidence from the good things that happen? It’s probably not an equal proportion. Did you make a birdie? - Celebrate! Take your buddy for $10? - Take that moment and allow yourself to draw confidence from it. Journaling is a great way to figure this out.
Preparation is a big problem for amateurs. Ask yourself: Were you honestly prepared for the circumstances you just experienced?
Start by hitting the shots you want on the range. Then hit them on the course (NOT FOR SCORE). Then hit them for a score. Then hit them for a score that matters. Build up your confidence one layer at a time and you’ll have a sturdy foundation.
If cost or time is a problem, hit up the course during the twilight hours. You can get your specific on course practice in, and a lot of times for a cheaper cost than the driving range!
One look go drill: Set balls up in lines of 10 about 1 ball apart. You’re trying to keep your body reacting on the fly. Only give yourself a split second to reset and just let your body react.
Rhythm/tempo/creativity are the most fundamental parts of the game for Sammy.
In the last 24 hours Sammy is going to focus on his skill shots (stingers, flop shots, all the hard ones) and putting.
Set short, mid, and long range goals. Make sure you can knock some out now
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Roy McAvoy Moment:
From 2 up with 2 to play in a Ryder Cup format Jeff let his thoughts drift towards the negative end of the spectrum and it cost him a draw in his match.
Lesson learned: Focus on hitting the good shot rather than avoiding the negative.
“Done is better than perfect”
Where should we start looking to make improvements in our physical abilities?
Start by looking for limitations within your swing. Things like low flexibility in your back not allowing full rotation, or restriction in your hips that don’t let you get through the ball. If you can eliminate these (or improve them as much as possible) then it frees you up mentally knowing that you can make a good swing. (Then you don’t have to think and be so technical!)
How can we recover from our range time & workouts?
Swing backwards! If you start working the body in the opposite direction it helps you develop the proper neural pathways and motor skills to then swing the correct direction. Start with 20 swings focused on BASIC tempo & weight shifting.
Advanced: Try it with an aiming stick and try to get that same whistle backwards as forwards.
Take a pinch of sea salt to add to your water for better hydration and mineral replenitionment.
Last resort - dilute some Gatorade with water.
Proteins & fats - YES!!! (beef jerky, protein shake)
Carbs sugars - NO!!! (hotdogs & burgers at the turn)
If you’re starting to get hungry or thirsty you’ve waited too long.
A solid base and functional structure lead to the biggest gains:
Lots of times this is as easy as focusing on posture or learning how to do squats or lunges properly. Also, don’t skip leg day!
Jeff’s favorite exercise: A deadlift - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nal7h31Cs-A
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