Below par? Practice makes perfect

Chartered Psychologist Dr Brian Hemmings is to run a BPS Learning Centre approved Masterclass on 7 March 2012 and is on a mission to put a stop to misconceptions about confidence.

For sportsmen and women alike, confidence and success go hand in hand, but Dr Hemmings argues confidence is more than self-belief. He says:

“Confidence, at its most basic level, refers to ‘what I feel I am good at/can do’, and ‘what I feel I am not so good at/can’t do well’.

“Many players misunderstand the development of confidence and will look for quick-fix ways of addressing their thinking, without really addressing the most powerful way of building confidence; that being effective practice.”

Dr Hemmings has helped develop the mental skills of the best emerging English golfers including Ross Fisher, Richard Finch, Danny Willett and Chris Wood. If these exciting prospects are to knock current world number one Luke Donald off his perch Dr Hemmings is in no doubt that practice is the key. He says:

“Real confidence will come from demonstrated improvement in their game over time, not from short-term fixes in their thinking habits.” 

Dr Hemmings is author of the book Mental Toughness for Golf: The Minds of Winners and will run a 45 minute webinar entitled The Golf Psychology Coaching Certificate: Information, Questions, and Answers at 7pm on Sunday 6 November.