“It’s not what people think about us that matters, it is what we think about ourselves.”
“Our life will be defined by how our character is represented in moments of crisis – that’s what people remember about us.” David Galbraith
David Galbraith is a clinical psychologist, with 17 years of experience in his field. In the past 10 years, he has shifted his focus towards sports psychology, working with some of New Zealand’s most talented athletes.
His experience includes work with Olympic Gold Medallists, both the men’s and women’s rugby 7s teams, and NZ golf. Through his work, he helps these already elite athletes get the most out of themselves, both in the sense of sport, and in life.
His focus is on assisting both teams and individuals express themselves as truly as possible. He believes strongly in the present moment, and encourages people to fully commit to, and relish, the process involved in reaching an outcome, rather than focussing on the tangible outcome itself.
In this truly enlightening episode, David discusses the concept of self and identity, and how to develop these ideas. He talks about how resilience on the golf course relates to resilience in real life, and provides advice on how to focus on processes rather than results.
David Galbraith Show Notes
David explains his role as a psychologist. [0:00]
How to connect to one’s true identity. [7:30]
What’s the benefit of having a strong sense of self? [15:20]
How to focus on process rather than end result. [23:00]
David talks about the relationship between resilience on the golf course and resilience in real life. [34:30]
How to truly evaluate yourself. [43:00]
Chris asks David some rapid fire questions. [47:30]
David’s action challenge. [52:00]
David asks Chris about his motivation for the podcast. [54:40]
David Galbraith Action Challenge
Looking at your current morning habits.
Take your shower, get dressed appropriately for your day. But during this time don’t look at yourself in the mirror.
Why? Find David Galbraith Action challenge at 52:00m
“When everyone’s pressed for time in the modern world you want to make sure what you’re doing is the most efficient route to success as possible.” – Stuart Robinson
Stuart Robinson is a leading chiropractor and golf fitness trainer. He has significant academic qualifications, and is a pretty handy golfer himself, playing off scratch at Walton Heath and St. Andrews.
Stuart studied Human Biology at the University of St. Andrews. Following this, he undertook a further 4 years of study, and became a qualified chiropractor. Throughout his studies, golf was a prevalent part of his life, and he was awarded a Golf Bursary by St. Andrews Golf Club during his first degree.
Logically, Stuart combined his passion for golf and his academic qualifications in chiropractics, and much of his work now centres around applying his knowledge of biomechanics to a golf swing. In his work, he helps to ensure that players have the physical capabilities required to produce their optimum technique. His qualifications provide a point of difference from regular golf coaches, as he is able to explain the physical attributes which allow a golfer to swing in a certain way.
In this episode, Stuart provides an array of in-depth advice to help you improve your game. He discusses flexibility, stability, and how to combat the problems which can arise from sedentary habits. His advice is specific and actionable, and can easily be applied by the listener to their own lifestyle and golf game.
“My role is to give options, not to give an answer.” – Mark Bull
Mark Bull is one of the leading minds in the field of golfing biomechanics. He has extensive knowledge on the relationship between skeletal movement and an effective golf swing, something he has used to help many of the best golfers on the planet.
As a junior, Mark Bull was a talented golfer, but injury proved to be the catalyst for changing interests. His passion moved away from competition and towards biomechanics, a field in which he is now one of the leading minds.
He first became a member of the PGA in 1996, and qualified second in the PGA trainee of the year award at the start of his coaching career.
Since then, he has been continually adding to his resume both academically and through tangible coaching experience. Currently in the process of a Ph.D. in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at Birmingham University, with a research focus on, unsurprisingly, the impact of exercise on golf swing biomechanics and kinetics. Mark has also worked with players on the European Tour.
Mark places a strong emphasis on the idea that no two golf swings are the same, preferring to utilize the specific bodily movements of each individual to best develop their golf swing. In this interview, he explains in detail how he does this, and the role he plays in helping players of all abilities to improve their game. He provides a fantastic level of detail, from the importance of posture to the way he uses biofeedback, as well as his own development as a golf coach.
“Resilience is the one thing that golf beats into you, and if you’re not careful it will beat it out of you.” – Laurie Canter
Laurie Canter didn’t pick up a golf club until he was 14 years old. Prior to that, he was a talented junior tennis player, competing at a high enough level for Avon County that his team came across Andy Murray in under-14s. He quickly developed a passion for golf which usurped his interest in tennis, though, a decision which proved wise.
As an amateur, Laurie boasted a handicap of +5, and won both the South African Amateur Championships and the Spanish Amateur Championships. These successes helped him to become the fifth ranked amateur golfer in the world, and the best amateur golfer in the United Kingdom. In 2010 he played in the Open Championship at the home of golf, St. Andrews. He struggled, failing to make the cut, but overcame the disappointment to turn pro the following year.
This year, he returned to the Open Championship for the first time since 2010, putting in an impressive showing at Royal Birkdale to finish in a tie for 37th place, just a shot behind Jason Day and Bubba Watson, and ahead of names including world number 1 Dustin Johnson, and Ernie Els.
In this episode, Laurie talks to Chris about his development into a professional golfer in recent years. He discusses life on tour in detail, many of his practice techniques and on-course routines, and what separates the best players on tour from the rest of the pack.
“I figure everything out in practice so you know exactly what you’re doing every single hole. You’re almost just on auto-pilot, you’re just executing it. I know exactly what club I’m going to hit on every hole, I know exactly what direction the wind is going to be before I even wake up.” – Peter Tarver-Jones
Peter Tarver-Jones first developed his passion for golf at the relatively tender age of 12. As a junior, Pete showed a great aptitude for the game, culminating in a Sussex under-18s title at the age of 17. Following this success, he opted to move to the United States to play college golf at Belmont College. These years proved vital in Pete’s development as a golfer, and he turned to the professional sphere of golf soon after his return home to the United Kingdom.
After missing his first three cuts as a professional on the Euro Pro Tour, Pete worked his way into an outstanding season which saw him finish second in the order of merit and advance to the Challenge Tour. Pete went onto to win the Euro Pro Tour Championships in 2016 and subsequently move back up to the Challenge Tour, where he is currently playing.
In this episode, Peter discusses what life was like playing collegiate golf in America and how it shaped him as a golfer. He also talks us through what life is like having turned pro, some of his pre-game rituals, and provides a putting action challenge which he uses to improve his game.
Thomas King is a sports psychology consultant, working for Winning Golf Mind and the Leicester City Football Academy. He has extensive academic qualifications, including a Psychology degree with Honours in Sports Psychology, as well as a Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology. His work with Leicester City involves psychologically profiling 160 athletes, from young players just starting out to more established players up to the age of 23.
Golf, however, is where Tom’s specialty lies. His work with Winning Golf Mind sees him consult a wide variety of players, from seasoned professionals to amateurs with handicaps in the high 20s. He commonly works 1-on-1 with these players, however he also runs workshops and speaks to larger groups. The focus is, essentially, to help their game through the development of psychological techniques.
Tom’s interest in sports psychology as it relates to golf stems from a strong playing history. He has competed for his county for a number of years, and in 2007 represented Wales in British colleges.
In this episode, Tom goes into significant detail about the processes which he tries to instill in his clients. These range from imagery and self-talk, all the way through to blood flow and emotional states.
Ep. 6: Thomas King from Winning Golf Mind Show Notes
Thomas explains his role as a sports psychologist. [2:20]
How do mindsets differ between golfers and footballers? [3:40]
What are effective questions? [9:10]
Swing thoughts. [14:30]
How do we get into the process of flow, and what is it? [16:00]
The Winning Golf Mind model. [17:40]
Pre-shot routines. [22:20]
Self talk. [28:50]
Goal setting. [31:50]
Attitude and quality of thoughts. [35:30]
Mastery vs ego. [38:10]
Avoidance vs towards. [41:40]
Blood flow. [44:00]
Brain waves. [52:50]
Emotional states. [56:30]
Rapid fire questions. [64:00]
Thomas King’s action challenge. [67:00]
Thomas King’s Action Challenge
Go to a practice range and create an imaginary 50-yard fairway using two markers on the range.
Hit 3 drives in a row onto this fairway.
Create an imaginary 30-year fairway using two markers.
Hit 3 drives in a row onto this fairway.
If you miss your fairway, you go back to the start of the process. This establishes consequences to your poor shots and helps you to practice like you play. It does not have to involve driving, nor the exact number. The intention is to practice like you play.
“There is an end dream, and it is all aligned back to that. ” – Mathew Perry
Mathew Perry is a New Zealand-born professional golfer who now resides in Australia. Playing on both the Australia Tour as well as the China Tour. Mathew has seen many moments of success on the golf course in 2016 which led to European Tour final stage Q-School. Mathew was also New Zealand Amateur Champion in 2011.
Looking to the future, Mathew will be playing in the 2017 European Challenge Tour. Placing 15th on the Challenge Tour would make Mathew an official member of the European Tour, one of his biggest goals for the year.
In this episode, Mathew takes the time to talk about his unique and insightful outlook on the game of golf. He also discusses some interesting topics like Aim Point putting and Biomechanics. Join Mathew and I as we take a look at his game and how amateurs players can begin to think like a professional.
“Ultimately it’s just what works best for you. Technically a pretty low grade, rotten, 10 buck shaft can outperform a ₤350 shaft if it just suits you better.” – Simon Cooper
Simon Cooper co-founded Precision Golf in 2004, alongside clubmaker and good friend James Davey. The company custom fits clubs to players, utilizing advanced technology to manufacture the clubs which best suit an individual’s needs. Ultimately, this enables golfers to maximize their potential with the skill set they have.
Prior to this business venture, Simon was a talented golfer himself. He participated in a number of esteemed amateur events, and played on the EuroPro Tour in 2004 – coincidentally the same year in which Precision Golf launched. As a player, he showed an interest in understanding his game as deeply as possible, which made a move into club fitting a natural progression.
In this episode, Simon explains how Precision Golf got started, and how the process of being fitted works. He also provides some valuable insights into various technical elements of a club, how they impact shot outcomes, and some of his favorite clubs.
Ep. 3: Simon Cooper from Precision Golf Show Notes
“Anyone who struggles with the short game tries to create more and more control over the golf club and the ball, and of course the best players do the opposite.” Gary Smith
Gary Smith is a Golf Monthly UK Top 25 coach and has 14 years experience working with England’s top amateur stars as an EGU Technical Coach working with European Tour players including Danny Willett, Justin Rose, Chris Wood, Ross Fisher, Ollie Fisher, Richard Finch, David Horsey, Seve Benson, Nick Dougherty, and Gary Wolstenholme. Gary is the go-to man for short game lessons in the UK and I had the fortune of being coached by him back in 2004.
Gary has also played in The Open Championship three times, and a winner on the European Tour. Gary is based at Sutton Green Golf Club
In this particular episode, Gary explains his philosophy on the short game, sharing the drills and technique he teaches his players. He also shares a funny story on how he creates an incentive for his players if they don’t execute on certain shots.
Ep: 3: Gary Smith Short Game Principles and Actionable Golf Drills
How Gary communicates his lessons and what makes them so effective. [04:30]
What Gary looks at when coaching the linear method [07:45]
Gary challenges coach’s advice to aim left to hit the ball straight at your target. [10:00]
What is the process to put in place to hit a 15 yard short? [11:30]
Why ball position should be relevant to the sternum. [12:20]
Gary philosophy on coaching a player. [17:00]
Gary shares a story of Olly Fisher. [19:20]
We go through my notes from my first coaching lesson with Gary. [23:00]
The process of club selection. [24:30]
Gary explains the lie and how to use simple routines [25:40]
Matty Perry’s process for determining a certain shot [26:40]
How can a player use bounce/slider? [28:35]
Gary tells the story of how he met Wayne Riley and the interesting game they used to play. [33:00]
The process of being selected for England. [36:00]
The importance of having specifics (data) about your game before going to a coach. [40:00]
Software and feedback on yardages. [42:00]
Gary’s recommended resources and gear. [51:00]
Gary Smith Short Game
Gary Smith’s Action Challenge
The four stations of implementing new lessons by Gary Smith
No target: When implementing a new technique, start by getting a feel of the new positions and forget about the target. You can call this “The Technical Station.” Where you are introducing changes. Be open to change and embrace it. Look for a positive attitude to change.
No Target but further distance: Start playing around with different flights or different clubs, have fun and be creative.
Aim at Target: Start to hit towards specific targets. Flags on the driving range or yardage markers. Now you are embracing what that new technique may look like in a competitive situation.
Aim at the target with consequence/ under pressure: Make it real. How many can you do out of 10? Putt money on it or do 100 push ups. You will see pretty quickly what you would be like in course situation with a card in your hands.
– “The first goal is just to play really good golf. Second goal: Stay healthy, fit and no injuries. If I can do that, my end goal will take care of itself and that is top 15 in order of merit.” Matt Wallace
Firstly, Welcome to Making A Club Champion Podcast!
I am delighted to bring you the very first guest – Matt Wallace.
First things first: To launch, I’ve posted two episodes.
How Matt won five consecutive starts on the Alps Tour
How Matt developed putting to be the strongest part of his game.
How creating sponsorships through his social media, captured the attention of Chubby Chandlers management company ISM and 2 Thumb.
How not setting goals took Matt to 242 in the world in 18 months, and much, much more.
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Show Notes: Ep: 2: Matt Wallace
6 wins: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in 9 starts
Not a finish lower than 4th in 9 starts
Hitting greens in regulation 85% mark in GIR
Stroke Average: 67.8%
World Ranking: 242 (time of show)
Allows 1 hour of prep time before teeing off
15–20 min: putting green
15–20 min: chipping and bunker
20–30 min: range
Range: few pitches, through the bag, finish the last shot with the course I am going to hit on the course
Visualization: Finishes with the shot he hits on the first tee
Average puts per round: 28–29
Start off with 3–4 ft putts to get things going. It builds confidence.
Block practice putting drills: 5 straight in a row, 5 left to right, 5 right to left.
If the course has lots of breaking putts, spend more time practicing breaking puts so you are more prepared.
At the end of the day, better putters win tournaments.
Gear: My putting mirror, Visio Mi Template, Green Books, 2-Thumb
You can hole putts from anywhere.
You don’t need to hit it close to make up shots. You can take chances on the greens, rather than hitting a risky shot to gain strokes.
Never do a putt that you don’t think you can hole.
You always want the mindset to hole everything, so if you’re practicing your lag putting, don’t do it to a hole. Anytime you’re on a green you want to have the mindset of holing out. Don’t get onto a putting green for the first time and attempt a 15ft putt. Give yourself an easy 2–3ft putt, then work back towards the 15ft ones.
When things are not going according to plan: I ask, “What’s the divot telling me? What’s the ball flight telling me?.”
Go back to the basics, and look at the ball position. I may get the video out, one down the line and on the side, and start the process again.
To gain confidence and get things going.
Start off getting small easy wins. Don’t start off hitting small-percentage shots that not even the best golfers in the world will pull off initially. Build your confidence from the ground up.
Developing a stronger mindset.
Get nervous and struggle to sleep when I have not worked or practiced hard. The best way I cured this was to finish all my practice sessions knowing I got something out of it and got better.
Intimidating effects: you can’t control what they’re doing. You can only influence them by playing good golf.
Failure is my biggest drive, not playing well, but still scoring. That’s the ultimate goal. Playing badly and scoring badly, that is the worst outcome. Putting all that effort in and not getting anything.
Surround yourself with great players
If you’re a short hitter, play with people who are longer than you. You can learn to play your own game and how to beat exceptionally long hitters.
When playing a new course, it’s important to visualize how you want to play the hole in your mind. Relax and enjoy just playing around the course. leave the practice once you get it right.Are you practicing hard or are you practicing smart? Get specific on what you want to achieve. What is the outcome of this practice session? Is it to hit 5 in a row on the range? The more specific you are the better. If you are working on technique, just work on technique. If you are working on outcomes, get clear on those outcomes.Take regular ice baths for recovery
Don’t give yourself time limits
Leave the practice once you get it right.
Are you practicing hard or are you practicing smart? Get specific about what you want to achieve. What is the outcome of this practice session? Is it to hit 5 in a row on the range? The more specific you are, the better. If you’re working on technique, just work on that. If you are working on outcomes, get clear on those outcomes.
Recovery and boost performance
Take regular ice baths.
Goals can create unnecessary pressure
First goal: just to play really good golf. Second goal: Stay healthy, fit and fit with no injuries. “If I can do that, my goal will take care of itself, and that’s Top 15 in order of merit.”
Some players have benchmarks to hit, but if they didn’t have that added pressure on them, they’d smash through their goals.
Matt believes in creating a systems/process approach to achieving his results. “If you do the right things, the outcome will take care of itself.”
Life on Tour
2016: 3 European Tour events, 6 challenges, 9 Alps Tour events: 18 tournaments. Total cost: 38k GBP.
The cost of each event works out to be roughly 2k GBP.
There are some hidden costs too. For instance; If you want to perform well, you have to eat and sleep well.
The Top 50 in the world – management companies have everything set up for them, so the players just turn up and play. Thus, when starting out, you have a lot more to think about than just golf.
Chubby Chandler, ISM, managed to get Matt invites to some events, which would never have been possible otherwise. This also included connecting Matt with 6–7 sponsors to just play golf.
Management company fees: 5% of earnings, 20% of all sponsors they find for me. A full tournament could cost Matt 15% of his potential earnings.
It was the 3rd win on the Alps Tour when ISM got in contact through social media.
Caddy costs: 650 GBP per tournament. Performance fees: 5% of any earnings, 7.5 % on any top 10s and 10% of any wins.
Downtime: “I love going out for dinner in the evenings once practice and preparation are completed.”
A goal outside golf: Wallace Wine
Behind the scenes
Win bonuses: How the likes of the top players claim win bonuses and performance-related wins through their major sponsors.
Getting your tour card on the European Tour isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems. Playing the majority of the tournaments throughout the year comes down to what category you’re in.
150 players roughly in each tournament and a 65-man cut
What is ‘tipping’? A method of filling up buckets of water and leaning them against your opposition’s door! (Not advised!)
Matt Wallace Action Challenge
1. Create a fairway by finding two markers on the range.
2. Get specific and decided what shot shape you are going to hit.
3. Implement your routine as if you were playing in a tournament. Hold your finish position and keep your balance. Watch the flight and where it lands.
4. Keep your score. How many did you make out of 5?