Gary strongly believes understanding and developing your mental and emotional skills on-course so you play your best golf is essential in becoming a champion, and in fulfilling your fullest potential.
Strong mental skills also can aid in accelerating your physical and technical development as an athlete. Developing a champion mindset is the difference between playing golf the best you can and playing golf at the best you are capable of. Thinking like a champion only accelerates physical and technical development.
Golfers with a champion’s mindset have confidence, resilience, focus and patience. They can envision success and imagine creative solutions when faced with tricky situations. A champion’s mind not only creates goals but spends time mapping realistic plans to achieve them. They work with a purpose as the find ways to learn and enjoy every minute of the process. It takes concerted effort to achieve a champion’s mindset, on and off the course.
Gary puts great effort into teaching his students to learn how to think like a champion as they are supported throughout the process. One of his main goals is to encourage students to become their own coach, knowing how to handle obstacles thrown their way whether in golf or life. That kind of growth takes tremendous mental toughness and emotional intelligence, which most golfers and junior golfers do not inherently have.
This extraordinary fortitude must be built. Gilchrist begins this process with the Mental Golf Workshop assessment, which helps the student understand his personality traits and playing tendencies. With this knowledge in mind, a development plan is created for each golfer to find their “it”. This development plan is based around five mental skill sets that help students reach their fullest potential as champion golfers.
The champion mindset includes:
The on-course strategy training is often the most difficult to see because it’s not just about hitting the ball or building physical strength. Thinking like a champion is about staying positive through adversity, being creative with solutions, and having the passion it takes to self motivate. There is a psychological element to golf and Gary operates in a way that reinforces the champion mindset.
Whether being coached to visualize a successful putt during afternoon training, or reviewing performance after a recent golf tournament, Gary’s students are surrounded with opportunities to step up their own game.
Gary is prepared to help each student achieve the following goals:
Gary goes about achieving these goals in the following manner: