Mental Toughness in Sport, Golf, Life, May Be A Load Of Rubbish!

e hear the phrase “become mentally tougher” or similar a lot of times don’t we? In fact I read and hear about it so much I’m almost tired of it. Heck I probably use it myself too often, it’s become really clich├ęd hasn’t it?

The thing is, it may not be true.

What happens when someone says you need to become mentally tougher? Well for starters the first thing it implies is that you are mentally too weak to compete at that particular level. After all, if you are told you must become tougher to win on tour then it means you are currently too weak to win on tour, right?

Do you like being called mentally weak? I know I don’t! Perhaps we Sports Psychologists should think about that?

I really don’t like the inference that a person’s mind is weak. I doubt very much that the problem is a weak mind. The reason the golfer (or anyone) is underperforming in a certain area is probably just a matter of mind control.

Let’s rule out experience first and presume that’s not the issue. After all if you have no experience of being in a certain situation then you may well fail to achieve your best. That’s not mentally weak it’s just a lack of experiential knowledge.

Take Rory who blew the Masters. Was he mentally weak? No, he wasn’t ready, but he learned from that experience and came right back to claim his first major. Strength from experience.

So if we presume a player has experience but keeps blowing it, then it’s a matter of mind control. NOT WEAKNESS!

The mind and body are one system, they work together not as separate units. If your body is experiencing a problem, like poor nutrition or dehydration, then the mind will suffer and be unable to perform at peak levels. Severe enough nutritional deficiencies or dehydration will lead to a real breakdown in thinking.

If the body posture is one of defeat, anger, frustration or any other negative, this WILL HAVE AN IMPACT on your thinking and emotions.

If the mind is not controlled and allowed to think poorly, then it has a direct effect on emotions, mood and most certainly on physical performance.

You are not mentally weak. You must learn to control what you can, both body and mind. Feed your mind and body properly with good nutrition and hydration, control your body postures and keep them HEAD UP POSITIVE.

Be aware of what thoughts are running through your mind and if you know they are negative and unhelpful, CHANGE THEM! Distract yourself, and then think of things that get you balanced again.

As you learn and become more proficient at Mind and Body Control, people will begin to call you Mentally Tough, but that’s OK, we’ll excuse them as we practice Mind Control Golf.

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Not Only Sport – Golf and Much More

Those who have a passion for golf, for example, can pass without problems from a golf course to the relaxation area of an exclusive hotel, combining different but complementary types of activity.

Golf is a sport that can be easily inserted in different travel packages, and it is easy to find hotels and travel offers which have just be conceived for those who love this sport, or who would like to golf during their holiday, when they have more free time, or who do not want to give up sport even when they are on holiday.

The commonest offers are the ones that combine golf and wellness: the best choice if you wish to spend a lot of time on a golf course and then take a rest in a place that could not be more relaxing than that, with massages, body care and saunas. Completing the 18 holes course can be also very tiring, above all if you do that in summer, with sun beating down on your head, but you do that with more pleasure if you know that at the end you can enjoy special relaxing treatments. And the advantages deriving from this kind of holidays are not only for golf lovers, but also for their travel partners, who might not be interested in playing golf, but who can wait for the golfer to come back while enjoying a massage or relaxing in a Turkish bath. These are variegated holidays, which meet everybody’s needs making you spend a pleasant holiday with other people, although the tastes and expectations of your travel partners are different from yours. If you want to experience a holiday combining sport and wellness, golf and beauty farm, you can choose Italy (form the north to the south you are spoilt for choice), or also other countries: there are excellent offers in Croatia, for example.

However, beauty farm and golf is not the only combination to be appreciated: another option that many travelers love is golf and cruise. A cruise on the Mediterranean sea, for example, is always a wonderful experience, which gives you the chance to sail and swim in beautiful seas, to stop in historical cities, and to enjoy breathtaking landscapes, but some travel packages that have especially been conceived for sportspeople offer even more than that: you can sail on the Mediterranean sea and train in beautiful ships, equipped with simulators that replicate the game, and when you are on land you can go to the golf courses and play. The cities where these ships stop, indeed, are not only famous for their landscapes and for the artistic, historical and cultural heritage they preserve, but also for their golf courses.

Combining sport and relaxation, romantic cruise and golf is possible: you only need to choose the best offer for you and get ready o spend a veritable unique and complete holiday.

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