In Valiante’s newest book, Golf Flow, he uses Kuchar as an example of a golfer who “gets it” and who achieves a state of flow—an optimal performance zone in which time, control, effort, and awareness seem at once both suspended and intense. His book Fearless Golf: Conquering the Mental Game (Doubleday/Golf Digest, 2005) is a standard in the area of golf psychology. When golfers describe playing golf while in flow, they almost universally report the game as being effortless.
Valiante has worked to improve the games of many top players, including Kuchar, Justin Rose, Stuart Appleby, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, David Duval, Fred Funk, and Alexis Thompson. “The crucial point here,” says Valiante, “is that Matt doesn’t only love golf when he’s playing well. Ultimately the lesson to learn from Kuchar is to keep falling in love with golf.
On this edition of Kinetic Connections we welcome Dr. Gio Valiante, one of the world’s most prominent sport psychologists, who for more than a decade has worked with some of the PGA Tour’s top golfers, with a current client list that includes Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, and Alexis Thompson. He talks to us about achieving a state of "flow" on the golf course, that optimal performance zone in which time, control, effort, and awareness seem at once suspended and intense. Gio’s book Golf Flow ...
Gio Valiante, a performance consultant whose golfers have won over 50 PGA Tour events, provides proven strategies to orient the mind, harness thoughts, and enter a flow state—or optimal performance zone—in which time, control, effort, and awareness seem both suspended and intensified. Gio Valiante, one of the PGA Tour’s most prolific performance consultants, will help you orient your mind and harness your thoughts so you can enter a flow state, or optimal performance zone, in which time, ...
Despite the degree to which they help us transcend ordinary abilities, flow states are real and happen to normal golfers all over the world. To learn more about how to tap into your flow state to achieve your best games, check out Golf Flow. Many people live their lives in such a way that they never get into flow.
Norman finished in the top 10 in 30 major championships, more than 30 percent of those that he entered. In 1986 Norman went into the final round of every major championship with the lead, a feat now often called the Norman Slam or the Saturday Slam. With five previous top-five finishes at Augusta and a six-shot lead, Norman seemed like a sure thing.
At the root of practice is the psychology of habit development. To learn more about how practicing influences your golf game, check out Golf Flow. Perhaps the most famous paper is titled “The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance” by Anders Ericsson and colleagues.
While I am practicing I am also trying to develop my powers of concentration. While I am practicing I am also trying to develop my powers of concentration. I am practicing and adopting habits of concentration which pay off when I play. . . .