What is Mental Performance Coaching?
This involves working together to first identify the parts of your mental game that are holding you back and limiting your ability to perform well. Instead of losing strokes, points or making poor plays due to ineffective thinking, players learn ways to improve their thinking so they are better equipped to perform to their potential.
Can Mental Performance Coaching Help You Improve?
Applied sport psychology research and athlete testimonials make it clear that mental coaching can improve an athlete’s ability to become mentally stronger. Mental performance coaching has become more recognized because of the many known and high-profile athletes who attribute their success to their mental games.
Who Works with A Mental Performance Coach?
Mental performance coaching is for any athlete or performer who desires to improve their ability to think and be stronger minded when it comes to their sport or performance activity. Nowadays, it’s not just professional athletes who use the services of a mental performance coach, but also college, high school, junior high and younger-age athletes. Mental performance coaches are also used by music and stage performers, business professionals and the military.
What Kinds of Things Do Mental Performance Coaches Do?
Mental performance coaches focus on improving performance. They often help people improve motivation, learn to relax, improve concentration, deal with pressure, control emotions, and strengthen confidence.
How Does Mental Performance Coaching Make You Better?
You become better because you get rid of poor mental habits that cause issues when you play. You learn to improve your thinking; this makes you mentally stronger, and your performance improves as a result.
How Long Does It Take to Improve?
How long does it take to learn a new grip, set-up fundamental, foot work, a change in stroke or swing path? How long does it take to feel comfortable with these kinds of changes? And, how long until they can be used effectively in tournament play? The same thing can be said for learning and developing your mental game. It’s normally not an over-night fix! While some things can be learned and implemented quickly, mental game improvement is often a process that requires time, effort, and consistent practice. Everyone is different and that too plays a part in how fast change takes place.
“Mental training is a game changer. As a member at the Golf Center of Arlington I was practicing about one to two hours a day and my average score was in the low 90’s. I knew I needed something more than practicing the swing plane and trying to hit the perfect shot. After working with Tod, I started to have more effective practice sessions and my score card had less of those “blow up” holes. I now shoot in the low 80’s and the times I really apply what I’ve learned I’m in the 70’s! Thanks Tod for your amazing work in developing my golf game.”
Christian – Amateur Golfer
“Tod has drastically improved my mental game. I have progressed greatly in my golf game because of it and have a newfound confidence in myself and my ability. He has also been a continual positive influence on me and genuinely wanted me to improve. I realized that mental game coaching is essential to your improvement in golf and Tod has certainly helped me get to another level.”
Reed – College Golfer
“I really enjoyed working with Tod, he absolutely helped me improve my mental game and performance on the course.”
Josh – Professional Golfer
Is Your Game Worth It?
This is an individual decision. If you’re serious about improving your game, consider mental performance coaching. Just as you must improve your skills, physical conditioning, and even nutrition, your mental game plays an important role in your over-all ability to perform your best.
How Much Does It Cost?
There are three packages to choose from. Each involve 50-minute sessions.
5 Sessions – Focuses on the most important mental skills that lead to improvement.
Cost: $150 per session.
10 Sessions – The mental skills, implementing a training plan, practice environment training, plus player-specific targeted improvement.
Cost: $125 per session.
15 Sessions – The most comprehensive package. The mental skills, your training plan, player-specific targeted improvement, practice environment training and competitive observation.
Cost: $100 per session.
How Do I Get Started?
I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation. It’s a great opportunity to meet and talk about your mental game, and see if working together is right for you.
What Do Accomplished Athletes Say About the Mental Game?
“The way I use my mind is the biggest reason I’ve been able to enjoy success and play at a high level in a game where you have to prove yourself every day.” – Alex Rodriguez
“Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind.” – Arnold Palmer
“Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.” – Venus Williams
“Excellence has nothing to do with talent. It’s about what you choose to believe and how determined you are to get there. The mind is more powerful than anything else.” – Michael Phelps
“We create our success or failure on the course, primarily by our thoughts.” – Gary Player
“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” – Bill Russell
“Mental rehearsal is just as important as physical rehearsal.” – Phil Mickelson
“Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands.” – Novak Djokovic
“Visualization is the most powerful thing we have.” – Nick Faldo
“When I learned to control my breathing, I learned to be a champion.” – Tom Watson
“The mind is your greatest weapon. It’s the greatest club in your bag. It’s also your Achilles heel.” – Steve Elkington
Tod Chasczewski, MS, CMPC
Mental Performance Coaching
Certified Mental Performance Consultant – Association for Applied Sport Psychology