My name is Corey McCusker, and I am a mental performance coach, motivational speaker and contributing author of the book "The Power of Women United." I am also certified as a master practitioner of NLP, Time Empowerment Techniques ™, and hypnosis. I have assisted many people in supercharging their sports performance and developed a program for athletes "Master the Mind, Master the Game," which helps athletes sharpen mental focus, release and control emotions, create positive imagery, utilize visualization to have successful performances and build confidence and motivation.
Have you been out playing yet? I have and love it! The first few games were a little rusty but I have practiced and now prepared both physically and mentally. Some people just prepare themselves physically and forget the mental aspect. In order to play well you need to get in a good mental performance state. It’s part of your pre-shot routine. Your pre-shot routine is a time you plan, prepare and think about what you are going to do for each shot. Your pre-shot routine is when you park those judging thoughts that can get in the way of a great swing. You should be thinking and feeling all those great shots prior to hitting the ball to set yourself up in a good mental state of mind.
Sometimes there are things out of our control that affect our game and we need to realize what we can and can't control. Some of the things we can't control are:
We have to focus on what we can control and that is:
Here are some tips to set up mentally for each game:
Preparing for each shot takes practice and patience. Consistency in your routine will produce the results you want.