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Golf State of Mind: Mental Game Fundamentals and Practice Drills

By David
The mental game is probably the biggest difference between PGA Tour players and amateurs.

Better players have more control over their mental and emotional state – it’s that simple. But they practice this just as hard as every other area of their games. I’m going uncover how that practice works and show you how to develop the Tour Player Mind-set.

How you’ll do it:

In this 70 page eBook, you’ll first learn the Mental Game Fundamentals. It’s a lot easier to recognize what mental mistakes you’re making when you know what they are:

1. That your mind and body are one system

2. How to lose expectations and the ego

3. How to get out of your comfort zone to better scores

4. How to embrace nerves and prevent choking in the big events

5. How to become a scrambler

6. How to let go of the golf swing and find the target

7. What goals to set for the round and your season

8. How to focus and concentrate on the positive

9. How to build confidence and hone a shot routine

10. How to commit, trust your swing and eliminate self doubt

11. How to relax and enjoy the game in between shots

12. What to do when you feel nerves and pressure

13. How to feel like you can hole every shot within 50 yards

14. How to develop a sound course strategy to avoid the “big numbers”

15. How to accept EVERY shot, good or bad, and move onto the next

16. Pre-round warm up (Putting, Short Game and Driving Range)

17. How to stay in the present when you’re close to your best score or winning your match

18. How to control nerves and harness that energy for extraordinary performance in competition

19. How to take focus away from your game in between shots and enjoy your playing partners

20. Post round analysis, so you can make the most of your practice

21. How to make your game about visualization and feel instead of technical thoughts

Let me share a testimony I just received:

“I just want to say thank you. I can honestly say that your book has changed the way I see golf(for the better) and the way I see myself. The drills are incredible and keep you from experiencing the false confidence that range practice can give. This book is amazing because it isn’t fluff, It doesn’t just tickle your ears and tell you how to hit it 450 yards or promote the newest gadget, it gives you a mirror and lets you take a brutally honest look at yourself. It gets to the heart of being a better player and helps you understand and enjoy what golf really means to you.

Like most golfers I have tried at least 20 gadgets and read more than 30 books(not counting magazines and programs).With all of the nonsense out there and useless information this is a welcome and beautiful book…I can say with confidence that if people apply the things in this book they will play and enjoy golf on a level that they literally don’t understand right now.”

- Jacob Racquer, Las Vegas, NV

The Practice Drills

What most of us don’t realize is that the mental game can be practiced just like the physical game. I’ve put together the best, tried and tested, practice drills so you can be sure you’re working on exactly the right things when you’re practicing. Here are a couple of putting examples:

Putt with Your Eyes Closed to “Feel” Better About Your Putting

A great way to work on your feel is to take the visual element away and putt with your eyes closed. This exercise isn’t really about how many putts you hole, it’s about becoming aware of the feeling associated with the length and direction of each putt. Once you have the line in your mind’s eye and you are correctly aligned, it is all about feel and making a good positive stroke. This drill will help you achieve this.

a. Take 3 balls and a drop them down approximately 10 ft from a hole. I say “drop them” so you don’t have exactly the same putt each time.

b. Go through your putting routine of reading the putt, visualizing the line (and seeing the ball go in), feeling the stroke and addressing the ball.

c. When you are about to start your back-swing, close your eyes. Then putt.

d. As soon as the ball leaves the putter (and still with your eyes closed), make a call as you where it finished. E.g. short-right, long-left or holed it!

e. When you open your eyes and see where the ball has come to rest, grade yourself on how close you were to the putt you felt.

E.g. If you missed long-left and you called it:

Long-left = 2 points

Short-left, Long-right = 1 point

Short right = zero points

Play 9 holes and try to beat 18. If you hole one and called it give yourself 3 points.

Another thing this does is force you to work on a consistent set up. Because you can’t see the ball, your putting will be inconsistent if your ball position is inconsistent.

Ball-striking Drill:

Aim of the game: become a better ball striker. Ball striking is a huge factor in good putting. If you can’t consistently hit the ball in the center of the putter, you won’t putt consistently. This drills makes a center-putter strike the focus.

a. After you’ve read the line and gone through your routine, settle over the ball.

b. The aim here is to keep your eyes on the back of the ball, which is the contact point for the putter, for a brief period before starting the putting action long enough to say “back of the hole”. You could also count 1-2-3 and then putt on “4?.

c. Immediately after each putt (before you see where the ball went), grade yourself out of 5 on the quality of the strike, so this starts to become the goal. You’ll start to see that the better the quality of your strike (out the sweet-spot) the better the result of the putt.

Watch the world’s best players and you’ll notice them switching rapidly between looks at the ball and the target, then fixating on the ball for 2-3 seconds, then remaining in the same position for 1-2 seconds after it.

“The mental game is without a doubt the major difference between the amateur and Tour Pro. The Golf State of Mind eBook is a highly effective way to learn and practice it and take you closer to the optimal mind-set.”

- Adam Gee, European PGA Tour player and former World Amateur No.1

In this eBook, you’ll get a structured program to deal with all the emotions your faced with on the golf course and the tools to develop the optimal mental approach to every shot. You’ll learn to:

Develop a KILLER Pre-shot Routine and the best approach to EVERY shot

This is one of the most important parts of the mental game. So many shots can be saved if we approach the shot correctly and I’ll show you how:







Make Your Game About Visualization and Feel not swing mechanics

So many of the amateurs I work with are so focused on swing mechanics, they lose sight of their objective – to hit the ball to a specific target with a clearly visualized shot shape. I’m going to teach you how to see and feel shots, not think about the action you need to do it. The more practice visualization, the better we become.

Know exactly what to do to get rid of nerves

OK, so Tour pros play under tournament pressure every weekend so they just get used to handling it? Right? Wrong. Tour pros know techniques to remove themselves from the pressure situations, so they can relax and stay focused on the shot at hand. Using breathing techniques and being able to distract your mind in between shots, you’ll learn how to stay calm.

Forget about score and just play EVERY shot as best you can

In golf, you can’t try to shoot your best score, it just doesn’t work that way. The key is to think about a good round as a collection of individual shots, executed as best you can and learning how to be patient.

Bounce back from poor shots and keep your confidence high

PGA Tour players have an average bounce-back rate of 25%. This means that after every hole that they score a bogey or worse, they score a birdie or better on the next hole, 25% of the time. It’s like it makes they more determined to play better. The amateur, on the other hand, is most likely to follow up a bogey or worse with another bogey. I’ll show you techniques to accept the outcome of EVERY shot, and quickly move onto the next without losing confidence.

Learn the power of breathing in maintaining focus and keeping calm

Do you realize how important breathing is in a good golf game? We’ll it’s very important. Breathing can do so many things to help you focus, get rid of negative energy and stay calm.

Concentrate and focus only on the positive

Golfers seems to be very critical, and this only gets in our way. Find out how to takes positives from every golfing experience to raise your enjoyment and lower your scores.

Trust your swing and eliminate self doubt

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to start analyzing and trying to correct your swing faults on the golf course. You just have to trust what you have and commit to every shot.

Relax and enjoy the game in between shots

Unless you’re playing for your living, golf is a way to relax and enjoy your free time. But how many of us really relax when we’re out there? We equate our enjoyment with how well we’re playing, which is counter productive. The more relaxed you are, the better you’ll play. It just requires a shift of your mind-frame.

Feel like you can hole every shot within 50 yards

The top players miss an average of 1 in every 3 greens and spend 40% of their shots within 50 yards, a.k.a “The Scoring Zone”. But the fact is they get up and down almost all of the time. They do this through practice, learning how to play the right shots and playing with visualization and feel.

Learn about spot putting and visualization for holing more putts

Do you have a winning routine for putting? It’s amazing what you can do when you know how to read greens and approach every putt as if you’re going to hole it. Putting accounts for about 30% of our scores, so if you really want to get better you should learn this immediately.

Develop a sound course strategy

It’s amazing how many shots amateurs lose because of poor shot selection and not planning for misses. As Ben Hogan once said “He who misses best, wins”. Even the Tour pros miss their target – they only hit 2/3 fairways and greens. The difference is they allow for these misses as part of their course strategy. How many shots would you save if only you’d thought about what the next shot was going to be like if you missed your target? I’ll show you how include a course strategy a tour caddy would be proud of.

Have the perfect pre-round warm up for your mind and your body (Putting, Short Game and Driving Range)

Warming up is not just about loosening tight muscles, it’s about getting your mind in the optimal state to make it a successful 4-5 hours. I’ll show you how to warm up your visualization and feel, start synchronizing your body and mind and keep your mind-set as positive as possible.

Stay in the present when you’re close to your best score or winning your match

As with everything you want to do as best you can, if you’re not 100% in the present, you’re under-performing. Coming down the stretch and thinking about winning or beating your best score before you’ve holed that final putt on 18, will hurt your score. I’ll show you how to stay in the present, solely focused on the shot at hand.

Give yourself a post round analysis so you can make the most of your practice sessions

To make your practice as effective as possible and to reduce the number of mental mistakes during our next round, we need to be honest with ourselves at the end of every round. I’ll show you what to look out for and how to put it right.

In addition, you’ll get a FREE audiobook, so you can listen to it on the way to practice and play.

Most practice is a complete waste of time

Unfortunately this is true. I happen to believe that time is the most precious thing we have, so why most golfers would continue to waste it practicing in the wrong way, I have no idea.

What most of us fail to realize, is the Mental or Mind Game, needs to be practiced like every other area of your game and with the right drills you can make progress with every session and round.

The Golf State of Mind e-book is the culmination of thousands of hours spent working with players of all levels and interviews with PGA Tour players to find the very best practice drills so every minute you spend on the driving range, short game area and practice green is spent as effectively as possible.

Hitting balls on the driving range over and over again, tinkering with your swing is counter productive. We need give each practice session a purpose and make it as meaningful as possible.

Practice as you would play

Undoubtedly the best way to practice is with the same pressure you would feel on the golf course, not focusing on mechanics and hitting to the same target over and over again. We need to practice under the same conditions that we play and we’ll have more fun while we do it.

This eBook contains plenty of games that will make you feel nerves and get better at handling them. You’ll play against yourself (like you do on the course) and your heart will race over the last few shots to beat your best score, just as it would when coming down the stretch of a big tournament.

Develop Feel and an Instinct For Shots

By practicing drills you would not expect, you’ll learn how to ingrain a “feeling” for shots. Did you hear about Seve Ballesteros and his 3-iron? Seve learned to play golf with only a 3-iron. He could do everything with it – play from all distances, chip and putt. It didn’t matter that the club had the loft of a 3-iron, Seve was able to see and feel shots and pull them off.

To play your best, you need this mind-set and I’ll show you how to practice to make it possible. Would you ever do a drill like this? If you wouldn’t, your practice is not as effective as it ought to be:

Try hitting the same club to targets of different distances. For example, take your 5-iron and try to hit it first to the 200, then 175, 150, 125 and finishing on the 100.

We would never do this on the course, but it’s a good drill for improving feel. To get as good as you can be involves developing feel for your shots – that is, being able to shave off or add yards to the same club to get the ball as close as possible to your target.

You’ll learn how to get your mind and body synchronized with non-technical thoughts by playing a relaxed game based around visualization and feel. This eBook has all the exercises to make this happen.

The Research

I’ve been playing and coaching for almost 20 years and have made it my job to help golfers remove negative mental interferences and find their true potential. The Golf State of Mind website has been running for over 4 years now, and during that time it’s become the #1 resource for mental game coaching on the web.

It’s got thousands of members and followers and continues to help golfers develop a simpler, more effective way to practice and play to lower scores and increase enjoyment.

I created this eBook as a result of all the lessons, questions, feedback and interviews I’ve done over the 20 years. So, you can be 100% guaranteed that that I know what you struggle with, and all the drills and tips contained WILL help you take your game to the next level.

There’s no psycho-babble or fluff, just honest tips and drills.

Equipment and Swing Changes ? Lower Scores

The last twenty years have been the most innovative in the history of golf. Drivers are much bigger, balls fly farther and are more controllable, and clubs are more forgiving. We now have more analysis of our golf swings and ball flight than ever before. Yet the average handicap remains at 16. So why have we not improved?

Because we make the same mistakes over and over again. We need a new way to practice and play that eliminates those things that prevent us from getting better.

The golf industry wants us to believe that our swings and equipment hold us back, because it makes a lot of money that way.

My teaching cuts through that and gives you the belief you need to start playing with a renewed, simplistic perspective of visualization, feel and positive focus.

It’s obvious when you think about it.

Imagine you are addressing the ball on the edge of the fairway, 30 yards from the green. On the practice green, these are a cinch – but this isn’t the practice green. You need to hole out in two to save the match. Your last shot onto the green was a disaster. You really don’t want to think about the bunker to your left… so of course it’s all you think about.

You get the picture. Now imagine addressing that ball with laser-like attention, freed from nerves, niggles and anxieties. Imagine playing on the course the way you do on the driving range. Imagine playing each shot with total confidence.

It’s not a fantasy. It’s the Golf State of Mind. Using our drills and techniques you will train yourself to prepare for and play each shot on its own terms. The shots you’ve played previously, or your score, or your opponent, will cease to matter. Because once you start to concentrate on the process rather than the result – to focus only on the shot itself – your game as a whole will start to fall into place.

For the price of a couple of drinks at the clubhouse bar you can gift yourself the most effective set of tools for improving every aspect of your game – and that is guaranteed. If you are not 100% happy, we’ll refund your money with no questions asked.

By learning the right habits and routines you will take control of your thoughts, manage your emotions and take full advantage of your natural skills to play better golf. Once you’ve developed a Golf State of Mind, you’ll unlock your true golf potential, lower your scores and have more fun on the golf course.

“David captures the real essence of how to play golf with a clear mind while helping you focus on a repeatable process, instead of the technical details. David can help any golfer find his natural self. By doing this, he makes the game simpler and more fun for all. Way to go David.” ~ Eben Dennis, Power Feel Golf and Former Mental Coach for Nick Faldo

“David’s eBook highlights the difference that makes a difference. When you practice these fundamentals you not only remove self imposed interference, but it returns you to your natural brilliance. Simple and deceptively brilliant.”

- Peter Taylor, Golf Mind Coach, English Golf Union

“David Mackenzie has a subtle yet genius approach toward the mental game. I got the chance to work with him and his knowledge of the mental game really helped to change my thought process on the golf course. After working with him, I felt more confident and I look forward to working with him in the future!”

- Aubrey McCormick, Big Break Atlantis 2012 Competitor

“David MacKenzie has created an amazing tool for anyone ready to tackle the mental game of golf. His “Golf State of Mind” system is very organized and yet exquisitely simple. David takes you through each aspect of the game, from long to short, talking you through the stumbling blocks and helping you clear them out of your way. I love it. His insights help my golf game, and my everyday life.” ~ Danielle Tucker, The Golf Club Radio Show.

“The more I read the Golf State of Mind the more focused I feel on the course. The eBook is filled with easy to follow instructions on how to help your mental game. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to achieve their maximum potential on the golf course.”

- Chris J Smith, Yorkshire, British Boys Champion

Golf State Of Mind heavily concentrates on helping the player stay in the moment, and helps the player overcome the ghosts of shots past and shots future. To date, I’ve read the eBook three times all the way from beginning to end. I have much work to do on my mental game, and much more time to spend working on refining it. Golf State Of Mind will be in my iPod, in my computer and in my car to help me get my game on the right mental path.”

- Tony Korologos, The Golf Space & Hooked On Golf Blog

“MacKenzie’s Golf State of Mind will certainly help you learn the finer points of controlling your mental state and should help your scores. It’s another tool we can use to master those five and a half inches between our ears.”

- Jeff Skinner,

“Played today with a consistent routine for the first time in my entire life (thanks to you). I just won my Club’s 40th Marathon–a one-day, 72-hole slog through the pouring rain this year–and I attribute my success to the mental discipline your eBook has helped me to develop (77!!!!). Thanks!”

- James Long Hale, Author of Golf Sonnets

“I just want to say thank you. I can honestly say that your book has changed the way I see golf(for the better) and the way I see myself. The drills are incredible and keep you from experiencing the false confidence that range practice can give. This book is amazing because it isn’t fluff, It doesn’t just tickle your ears and tell you how to hit it 450 yards or promote the newest gadget, it gives you a mirror and lets you take a brutally honest look at yourself. It gets to the heart of being a better player and helps you understand and enjoy what golf really means to you.

Like most golfers I have tried at least 20 gadgets and read more than 30 books(not counting magazines and programs).With all of the nonsense out there and useless information this is a welcome and beautiful book…I can say with confidence that if people apply the things in this book they will play and enjoy golf on a level that they literally don’t understand right now.”

- Jacob Racquer, Las Vegas, NV

“I have had an exceptional year of golf results with a Club championship win, two other trophies and my handicap has come down to 1.2, so whatever is in your state of mind program, with my experience it is working. Thanks again and look forward to more of the good stuff.”

- Craig Morrison, 1 handicap, Edzell Scotland.

About David MacKenzie: David MacKenzie is a mental game golf coach and lives in Washington DC. He currently coaches golfers of all levels on how to improve and maintain confidence on the golf course and enjoy the game, irrespective of score. David has devised a unique, yet simple, way to learn golf that does not involve any technical game learning. He teaches drills to improve powers of visualization and feel, how to switch on and off on the golf course and maximize a player’s potential.

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