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Golf is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. It is one of the few ball games that do not require a standardized playing area. Instead, the game is played on a course, in general consisting of an arranged progression of either nine or 18 holes. Each hole on the course must contain a tee box to start from, and a putting green containing the actual hole. There are various other standardized forms of terrain in between, such as the fairway, rough, and hazards, but each hole on a course, and indeed among virtually all courses, is unique in its specific layout and arrangement.


Golf is the sport that is by far the most mental. The sport doesn’t require brut physical strength, but depends on high levels of mental toughness. A golfer can spend hours at the driving range and on the course, but if they slip into any number of mental pitfalls they are looking at a long 18 holes! Although there are some overlap with the mental obstacles of golf and other sports, the obstacles in golf tend to be more centered on the thought process. Learning to keep a strong mindset can go a long way on the golf course!


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Common psychological obstacles that can occur:

  • Anxiety (physical and mental)

  • Uneven performance between practice and tournaments

  • Fear (of failure; of success; of embarrassment)

  • Poor self-talk

  • Performance under pressure

  • Difficulty overcoming mistakes

  • Confidence

  • Attention and focus deficits

  • Recovering from an injury

  • Optimal performance training


If you believe you or your child may be battling with mental obstacles that could be affecting their overall athletic performance, please call MVP Mentality today. Dr. Hennessy can help athletes of any age and level to optimize their performance on and off the field with cutting edge tactics.


With a unique therapy plan designed on a per-patient basis, she knows that the right therapy makes all the difference. Call today at 954-317-0551 or email her at


For more information regarding mental blocks in Golf, check out the links below:


Don't Think About the Pink Elephant

How Neurofeedback can Optimize Performance

Is Sports Psychology Right For My Child?

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