What is a Mental Game Coach?

Pro golfing legend Tiger Woods has one. So does Andy Murray, Olympic tennis Gold Medalist. Almost every college pro team, major league pro sports team, and Olympic team has one. Virtually every pro golfer and pro tennis player has one. What do they have? A Mental Game Coach. These top sports stars are smart. They’re good already. Even great. Some are all-stars and superstars. Why do “they” have a mind coach? They want to maintain their excellence. And, they want to get better. They want every edge they can get because they know their opponents have this mental advantage.

Mental game coaches are experts in educational psychology, performance psychology and performance enhancement.

Through the implementation of a systematic training program, mental game coaches train their clients to achieve a high level of psychological skill proficiency.

A mental game coach can help you in these areas:

  1. Awareness
  2. Learning
  3. Development
  4. Change
  5. Habit Formation
  6. Performance
  7. Coaching, Mentoring, Managing and Leading

Mental Game Coaches are particularly skilled at helping you with these critical performance issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Choking
  3. Focus
  4. Goal-Setting and Achievement
  5. Perfectionism
  6. Procrastination
  7. Mental Preparation
  8. Mental Practice
  9. Self-Discipline
  10. Getting In The Zone
  11. Slumps and Confidence
  12. Hecklers And Psych-Outs
  13. Performing Under Pressure
  14. The Fear Of Success
  15. The Fear Of Failure
  16. The Imposter Syndrome

Benefits of mental game coaching

You need solid mental skills that will repeat under pressure. You need mental proficiency under the most difficult circumstances. A mental game coach helps you learn and master these critical skills:

  1. Block out negative thoughts
  2. Become more confident and believe in yourself more
  3. Focus on appropriate cues in a performance
  4. Handle the stress of competitions
  5. Deal better with difficult personalities in your sport
  6. Communicate better with coaches, parents and teammates
  7. Prepare mentally before lessons, drills and events
  8. Stop self-sabotage
  9. Trust your trained abilities and natural skills when it counts
  10. Play closer to your potential more often
  11. Handle the fear of failure
  12. Reduce anxiety that can cripple performance
  13. Enjoy your experience with sports more
  14. Set smart goals that get results
  15. Deal with the adversity inherent in your sport
  16. Recover from mistakes and stay in the moment
  17. Get into the zone more often

The tools of mental game coaching

Sessions with a Mental Game Coach will be tailored to the individual’s needs and will include education, training, and practice in strengthening the thought-process and focus necessary to be a successful athlete. 

  1. Assertiveness Training
  2. Attention/Concentration Control Training
  3. Breathwork Training
  4. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
  5. Communication Training
  6. Conflict Management Skills
  7. Emotional Intelligence
  8. Life Balance Coaching
  9. Mental Skills Training
  10. Mental Practice
  11. Mental Readiness Skills
  12. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  13. Motivation And Goal Setting
  14. Problem Solving Skills
  15. Self-Regulation Techniques
  16. Visualization