Gain a Stroke Now Lose Three Strokes Later

Gain a Stroke Now Lose Three Strokes Later

Many weekends now I get the opportunity to see nature and enjoy some of the finest landscape that the world has to offer.  Yes, I am talking about walking some of the best golf courses around with my four children.  Sometimes I am actively “caddying” if you count me pushing a double stroller and cheering from the side as I keep a couple of toddlers occupied or sometimes I am actually “working” watching my clients put into action the mental skills that I have worked with them on and taking notes to address later.

I see many parents over-coaching their children on the golf course and I shake my head in amazement as the emotional and mental scars are being laid.  I often see the progression of a player who is over-coached as they enter competition where that “extra” help is not allowed.  Once the child is able to play on their own and make their own decisions those saved strokes from mom and dad now turn into indecision and lack of confidence.

Sometimes these players and families come to me because the investment that was made is worth the effort to fix the players confidence. But there are some very costly effects on players who have to endure this over-coaching.  Both long and short-term effects are very real?

Mostly, the players end up quitting. They do not want to subject themselves to this “hostile” environment. They rebel against the pressures and hyper supervision of the adults. If they do hang on, as they get older, they lack creativity in their play, or the ability to solve the games’ problems by themselves. Thus, their development is stunted and they are no longer able to meet the demands of the game at the next level.

I know that this is not the parent’s intention however I often remind parents that the one stroke loss now will gain them at least three strokes later.  In the mental coaching world, we work with players to trust their training but when training is happening during play that trust never comes but doubt surely will.

Robert Price is the Founder & CEO of Elite Minds, a sport-mental skills consulting service that promotes athletes exceeding their potential on and off the field. Specializing in mental skills coaching, Robert consults with corporations and professional athletes in the NFL, MLB and PGA Professionals.He has over 18 years ofexperience working in the mental health field and sports arena in multiple capacities and is passionate about helping clients turn potential into reality as well as playing the game of golf himself. He received his Master’s degrees from bothUniversity of Maryland in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology and Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling.  Find him at www.elitemindsllc.com and sign up for his mental skills modules.

Robert Price

Robert W.H. Price

Owner and Ceo

Robert Price has received Master’s degrees from both University of Maryland in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology and Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling. Mr. Price also holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, where he majored in Psychology and Learning Behavior Disorders. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh prior to transferring to Hampton University.

He also has received training in Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Miami under Dr. Amishi Jha and a Level III Master Resilience Trainer from University of Pennsylvania. He is also a certified therapist using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified by EMDRIA. He is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Maryland and Georgia. Also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) granted by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Inc. Mr. Price is not a licensed psychologist.

Joshua Dunn

National Sales Director

Joshua Dunn is the creator and founder of Think Breathe Act. He is an experienced golf teacher specializing in mindfulness practices. Having evolved from a student of both golf and mindfulness, he realized at a young age how practicing mindfulness improved his golf game. From his early learning as a student of meditation, he integrated a unique approach that begins with the mental game, moves to the physical through special breathing techniques and in that pause, the whole body begins to shape itself for the swing.

As a teacher, what Joshua does best is customized golf instruction- everything from ball fitting to swing skill. He generates a custom plan for each student based on their current swing and physical capabilities. And he does this by carefully observing the unique needs of his clients
while at the same time, mindfully building a trusting relationship. He starts with the fundamentals of the set-up and continues element by element: club fitting, the mental game, the swing, and on-course strategy.

Joshua started his golf career by developing his own junior golf program at Cross Creek Golf Course in 2006 with the Hook a Kid on Golf Program. From there, he worked with adults in a variety of settings. Joshua teaches clinics and workshops on the science of putting using cutting edge technology to educate both golf professionals and also amateurs in the art and feel of the putting stroke. His work has included pioneering products such as the Cure Putter and Blast Motion.

What makes Joshua an asset to both you and your golf game is his commitment to your learning objectives and development of greater skill. Once he knows what you want and what’s getting in your way, he can bring out the best in you and in your game. How you do anything, is how you do everything. Through his guidance and leadership, Joshua is eager to actively support you in bringing your whole self to the game of golf as a game for life.

Marine Johnson

General Manager

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Financial Manager

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Lou Ling

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