017 How to Play Fearless Golf - Sport Performance Video By DAVID CHARLTON
Posted 11/30/2020 in Category 1 by DAVID CHARLTON

017 How to Play Fearless Golf

In episode 17 of Demystifying Mental Toughness, David questions Gio Valiante on his approach to helping the world’s top golfers.  By listening you’ll understand some of the common fears golfers experience, you’ll begin to appreciate that fear in golf and in sport and life in general is universal.  You’ll also learn about flow states.  What “the zone” looks like and how a sports psychologist moves athletes from fearful to fearless, and finding flow states more regularly. Meaning that you are more effective, you learn from mistakes and go on to perform better.   That’s right by listening to this episode and then taking action you won’t keep on repeating mistakes like many people go on to! 


Demystifying Mental Toughness is for people who want to reach their goals faster and are curious what high performing athletes and professionals do to fulfil their potential. David Charlton shares insights, strategies and stories from leading athletes, coaches, psychologists and specialists to help you perform to your optimum level on a more consistent basis. If you’re a motivated athlete, coach, sport psychologist, mental game coach or executive listen in for proven and practical advice in this podcast. 


Dr Gio Valiante is one of the most prominent sport psychologists in the world. He has worked with many of the golf’s top players, including Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Davis Love III. His clients have won a host of PGA Tour and majors. Gio applies the best ideas in psychology to coach not only some of the worlds’ best athletes but investors, sales forces, and executives too. Anywhere there is a scoreboard that rewards competitive excellence at an individual and team level he thrives, helping people live fearlessly, strategize deliberately, and apply effort consistently to push themselves to ever higher peaks. 


Gio is also the author of ‘Fearless Golf’ and ‘Golf Flow.’ In episode 17 of Demystifying Mental Toughness, David questions Gio on his approach to helping the world’s top golfers. By listening you’ll understand some of the common fears golfers experience, you’ll begin to appreciate that fear in golf and in sport and life in general is universal. You’ll also learn about flow states. What “the zone” looks like and how a sports psychologist moves athletes from fearful to fearless, and finding flow states more regularly. 


Essential Learning Points From This Episode 

• Golf will identify, expose and punish over confidence, under confidence, lack of self awareness, if you’re risk averse and if you don’t learn from your mistakes. 

• Solving your habits and learning from your mistakes and you will get better at the game of golf. 

• Fear is a universal theme in golf. Virtually every golfer has something their frightened of, and most golfers don’t know why they get afraid. 

• Whether you are motivated by mastery or ego orientation will determine whether you are fearless or fearful in the game. 

• Ego orientation trying to seek the need for approval means you become riddled with anxiety. 

• Love from parents or partners being dependent on achievement is not a health approach. 

• Sport will do it’s best to knock the confidence out of you. 

 Low confidence is super dangerous and can ruin skill. 

• How long does your flow state last for? 

• Adam Scott’s flow state lasts for around 5-6 holes and Arnold Palmers lasts for 20 years! 

• Flow states are characterised by paradox’s - time, effort and heightened awareness. 

• Part of a Sports Psychologists role is to help athletes go from feeling fearless to experiencing flow states more regularly. 

• For golfers who are struggling there are ways to help you get in the zone and experience flow read Gio’s book Golf Flow to understand how. • Get clarity about what motivates you to play golf understand your why. 

• Be careful about your reactions after you hit a bad shot or play a bad round, you condition a fear response in the brain if you respond on a regular basis with highly negative emotions. 

• Golf will beat you up by itself, don’t help it! 

• Make fearless swings at precise targets.


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