Believe To Achieve - James Jordan
Students, Friends & Golfers,
It's been a few months since I've honed in on Golf's "Mental Approach" to the game. The blog, email tips, and reviews, have been more geared around swing, short game, putting and understanding how to play percentages. So many of you are preparing for tournaments, (as it's tournament season now) and continuing to play in your weekly money games, charity event scrambles and friendly club matches. I still understand that most of you are competitive and want to perform your best. Obviously the range work you put in and "Long Term" swing change growth is paramount for success, but don't overlook the wiring of your brain and attitude.
Most of the time if that area is not in order (thinking right) it is very hard to showcase the quality shots & development of your overall game you've worked so hard practicing on. Count how many times you've witnessed a winner with a very bad attitude, doubt or negativity during his successful moments or victories. Also let's try not to mistake "frustration vs. self doubt" or negativity. If you showcase frustration, immediately followed up with a mental solution, you are allowing your positive awareness to better the moment. These frustrations should be geared around a positive outlook making one aware of what must be right. That being done in awareness, one shall have a better chance at executing the next shot with success.
Let's replace some disturbing terms that are used frequently in our process of bettering our golf game. Words like...
3) I hate
Let's add in (and phrases may work better).
1) I Can
2) No Problem
3) I Enjoy This
5) I Got This
There are so many ways to word things in your mental state of mind. The idea is to really feel certain, positive and assured you can do it despite the outcome. It's about the certainty in the action you are performing not the doubts. You really have to practice awareness daily in catching yourself with the doubt like beliefs. They are false and tricking you into a challenging place. The only challenge that should take place is the success over success. What that means is "How much more successful can you react to the act at hand".
Be aware of your thoughts and words daily. Especially before, during and after each shot performed while you play. Over time, your process of staying in a positive mind frame will rewire and your success visually and emotionally will be revealed. - JJ :)
“On the professional level, visualization and belief is just as important as swing fundamentals. James has been a supporting and passionate light in my life, when it comes to the mental aspect of the golf game”.
– Justin Itzen
Canadian & Golden State Tour Professional
“When I came to James, I was trying to teach myself “stack and tilt” and self diagnose. I found that many of my fundamentals and self diagnostics we’re hurting my swing and golf performance. One day at the range, James noticed the challenges and offered to assist in bettering my swing. The changes that night were immediately effective and we began the process of a weekly meeting in bettering my swing. He has immensely improved my swing and thought process along the way”
– Angelo Palumbo
Licensed Fitness Instructor
“I’ve met James A few times at my charity clinics. People seem to be just as fascinated with his teachings as they are with me hitting the long ball”.
– Vincent Ciurluini
Long Drive Champion & T.V. Personality.
“James Has inspired many players of all levels (including myself) to work hard at improving their game. Teaching young and old, neophytes and seniors how to play the game of golf with a zeal and circumspection few purely golf teachers dare to parse. James' approach blends the refined methods of physical strength, fitness, rigid but sensible diet and the power of inner focus to achieve the "way of the Tiger," referencing Wood's brilliance on the course. "After all his [Tiger's] achievements never were taken lightly or casually assumed to be a given. To get to the top, you need to think like a champion," Jordan offers. He matches his reflection with measured optimism philosophically.”
– Dr. Jimmy Jordan
PGA Professional 1990-2010
“After winning the putting contest at our charity event, James gave a few pointers out to some of us on the practice green. The tips were very helpful and he sure is a passionate young man!”
– Bob Miller
Los Angeles Kings Announcer
“It’s been more than an improvement in swing and fundamentals with James. Since we met (2011) he’s inspired me to set goals, visualize and enjoy the game of Golf. I’m learning to grow emotionally, technically and mentally more by the work I’ve done with him than any other”
– Aaron Lee
"Thank you James for working so patiently with us and introducing us to the basics of Golf. We truly enjoyed your help golfing on season 4 of our show!"
– Joyce & Kyle Richards
"Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills"
“I was lucky enough to meet James the day he shot a course record “61” at the Encino golf course. He had another friend he was helping that day, and was answering most my questions about the short game. He chipped in twice and seemed like he couldn’t miss a putt, so it was only right I bugged him! He really knows a great deal about the game”.
– Charles Kim
“Thank you James! As much as Michelle’s father and I have taught her, you have built some mental confidence in her as she starts her AJGA Golf journey. We appreciate you and what you’ve taught Michelle swing wise and mentally”.
– Mischa Jung
“It’s always a good decision to see James before one of our Laker tournaments. He relates the tempo and feel of the golf swing “Like Shooting A Free Throw“ Nice and Smooth. Thanks for your help J”.