The Mental Golf Show

Josh Nichols

Host Josh Nichols shares from his own 20 years of competitive and golf psychology coaching experiences, along with years of psychology research, as well as interviews with players, coaches, and experts in the golf industry, all with the goal of helping you think better on and off the golf course. *This podcast is not meant to apply to every individuals' mental health. And not all opinions expressed by guests reflect Josh's opinions and experiences. read less

I Can't Wait To Be Patient w/ Dr. Rob Bell
Yesterday
I Can't Wait To Be Patient w/ Dr. Rob Bell
Hey everyone welcome to another episode of The Mental Golf Show! On this episode we have Dr. Rob Bell, author, ultramarathoner, and he works with some of the best golfers in the world on their mental performance. We cover a ton of great stuff (full list of topics below) so be sure to take some notes and apply them to your game and life. ----- Find out more about Dr. Rob Bell: Website - drrobbell.com Instagram - @drrobbell Twitter - @drrobbell LinkedIn - @drrobbell ----- Episode topics 00:00 Intro 02:52 Dr. Rob Bell 04:54 The puke & rally mentality 10:27 How to handle your “puke” moments 15:55 How to take a good round lower 20:05 What to focus on instead of score 21:11 Is a pre-shot routine mandatory? 23:15 Should you journal for golf? 24:36 New book: “I Can’t Wait to Be Patient” 29:17 The problem with jumping from one swing tip to the other 31:28 How long should you stick with a swing change? 33:21 What do the best players do differently than the average player? 36:14 Should your junior golfer have a goal of playing pro golf? 41:24 Dealing with a lack of motivation 48:21 You don’t have to be crazy about your preparation 52:49 drrobbell.com ----- Take the Mental Game Assessment⁠ and learn your top mental game traits and your areas in most need of improvement. ----- ⁠Click here to sign up⁠ for The Mental Re-Grip ⛳️ newsletter to receive golf psychology help in your email inbox every-ish Tuesday. ----- Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? ⁠Drop your suggestions here.⁠ ----- Prefer reading, but somehow found yourself here in audio land? ⁠Click here to check out the Foundations Mental Performance blog.⁠ ----- Are you a competitive golfer? Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your Golf Psychology Coach? Head to ⁠joshnicholsgolf.com⁠ or email Josh directly at ⁠mentalgolfshow@gmail.com⁠. ----- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: ⁠@joshlukenichols⁠ Instagram: ⁠@joshlukenichols⁠ TikTok: ⁠@joshlukenichols⁠ ----- Follow The Mental Golf Show on social: Twitter: ⁠@mentalgolfshow⁠ Instagram: ⁠mentalgolfshow⁠ TikTok: ⁠mentalgolfshow
How to be Process-Focused w/ Nicole Erickson, CMPC
Mar 13 2023
How to be Process-Focused w/ Nicole Erickson, CMPC
On this episode of The Mental Golf Show, we have Coach Nicole Erickson to discuss identity in golf, the problem with outcome-focus, managing anger and frustration, handling pressure and nerves, how to track your mental game improvement, and more. But before we get into the episode, I encourage you to go take the Mental Game Assessment. It’s a 15 minute personality quiz, but for golf. When you complete it, I’ll send you a personalized report of your results that will tell you what your mental strengths are and where you can put your effort to improve and a specific way to do it. ----- Nicole Erickson on Instagram - @coachnicole.e Nicole Erickson's website - nicoleerickson.com ----- 00:58 - Nicole Erickson 05:20 - Typical golfer struggles 07:38 - The problem with wrapping up your identity in golf 11:16 - How to be less outcome-focused 20:58 - How to manage emotions like anger and frustration 25:07 - How to handle pressure and nerves 27:36 - Controllables vs. Uncontrollables 29:30 - Tracking mental game improvement 33:31 - What percent of golf is mental and physical 34:28 - @coachnicole.e on Instagram ----- Take the Mental Game Assessment and learn your top mental game traits and your areas in most need of improvement. ----- Click here to sign up for The Mental Re-Grip ⛳️ newsletter to receive golf psychology help in your email inbox every-ish Tuesday. ----- Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? Drop your suggestions here. ----- Prefer reading, but somehow found yourself here in audio land? Click here to check out the Foundations Mental Performance blog. ----- Are you a competitive golfer? Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your Golf Psychology Coach? Head to joshnicholsgolf.com or email Josh directly at mentalgolfshow@gmail.com. ----- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols TikTok: @joshlukenichols ----- Follow The Mental Golf Show on social: Twitter: @mentalgolfshow Instagram: mentalgolfshow TikTok: mentalgolfshow
THE PRACTICE EPISODE w/ Paul Mindel
Feb 6 2023
THE PRACTICE EPISODE w/ Paul Mindel
If you want to learn more about what good practice is, how to structure your practice, what to spend your time doing in practice, or just generally anything about practice, and you want to hear from a very knowledgeable person on that subject, then you’ve come to right place. We've got guest Paul Mindel on to relay his experience and learning on the subject of all things practice. Click here to check out Paul Mindel's wisconsingolfacademy.com ----- Topics: 4:51 - The different facets in golf you can train 9:38 - Practice makes perfect... or does it? 13:07 - Bringing your range game to the course 15:45 - Simulating pressure in practice 24:24 - Block vs. Random/Variable practice 28:16 - The problem with rapid firing range balls 31:57 - Intentionality in practice 35:14 - Training for the discomfort of the course 38:20 - How much time should I spend on each part of my game? 45:08 - How do I increase my club speed and hit it further? 51:33 - How to keep your expectations realistic 54:57 - Resources to help improve your practice 59:24 - Learn more about Paul Mindel ----- Take the Mental Game Assessment and learn your top mental game traits and your areas in most need of improvement. ----- Click here to sign up for The Mental Re-Grip ⛳️ newsletter to receive golf psychology help in your email inbox every-ish Tuesday. ----- Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? Drop your suggestions here. ----- Prefer reading, but somehow found yourself here in audio land? Click here to check out the Foundations Mental Performance blog. ----- Are you a competitive golfer? Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your Golf Psychology Coach? Head to foundationsmp.com or email Josh directly at foundationsgolf@gmail.com. ----- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols TikTok: @joshlukenichols ----- Follow The Mental Golf Show on social: Twitter: @mentalgolfshow Instagram: mentalgolfshow TikTok: mentalgolfshow
How To Effectively Quiet Your Mind
Jan 16 2023
How To Effectively Quiet Your Mind
Hello everybody welcome to another episode of The Mental Golf Show. Hope you're getting the year off to a good start. And even if you're not, the first couple weeks of the year have very little to do with where you are right now or the rest of year, so stay in the present and keep going. I actually have a brief thing to mention about goals in this episode, and maybe even more in future episodes.  But today we're going to be working through reducing that mental chatter and helping you stop the mental spiral that we're all too familiar with.  References: Gardner, F., & Moore, Z. (2007) The Psychology of Enhancing Human Performance (Kindle Edition). Springer. ----- Click here to sign up for The Mental Re-Grip ⛳️ newsletter to receive golf psychology help in your email inbox every-ish Tuesday. ----- Take the Mental Game Assessment and learn your top mental game traits and your areas in most need of improvement. ----- Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? Drop your suggestions here. ----- Prefer reading, but somehow found yourself here in audio land? Click here to check out the Foundations Mental Performance blog. ----- Are you a competitive golfer? Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your Golf Psychology Coach? Head to foundationsmp.com or email Josh directly at foundationsgolf@gmail.com. ----- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols Facebook: Josh Nichols Golf ----- Follow The Mental Golf Show on social: Twitter: @mentalgolfshow Instagram: mentalgolfshow TikTok: mentalgolfshow
How to Mindfully Set Goals for 2023 (and for golf)
Dec 26 2022
How to Mindfully Set Goals for 2023 (and for golf)
Attention is important. It’s been proven in scientific studies over and over again. And we can all attest to its importance from our own experience. We know when we’re distracted it hurts our game. So how can we improve our attention? And how can we apply that to goal-setting for the new year? Sources: (1) Sollisch, J. (August, 2010). Multitasking makes us all a little dumber. Chicago Tribune. https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/ct-xpm-2010-08-10-ct-oped-0811-multitask-20100810-story.html. (2) Killingsworth, M. A., & Gilbert, D. T. (2010). A wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Science, 330(6006), 932-932. ----- Click here to sign up for The Mental Re-Grip ⛳️ newsletter to receive golf psychology help in your email inbox every-ish Tuesday. ----- Take the Mental Game Assessment and learn your top mental game traits and your areas in most need of improvement. ----- Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? Drop your suggestions here. ----- Prefer reading, but somehow found yourself here in audio land? Click here to check out the Foundations Mental Performance blog. ----- Are you a competitive golfer? Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your Golf Psychology Coach? Head to foundationsmp.com or email Josh directly at foundationsgolf@gmail.com. ----- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols Facebook: Josh Nichols Golf ----- Follow The Mental Golf Show on social: Twitter: @mentalgolfshow Instagram: mentalgolfshow TikTok: mentalgolfshow
How to Fix Your Bad Golf Habits
Dec 19 2022
How to Fix Your Bad Golf Habits
In working with players on improving their golf psychology, there are seemingly infinitely different types of scenarios that players can go through. And what’s crazy is they’re almost always unique. And that might be because each of us have developed our own different habits based on our own unique history and personality. Not just any advice will help you untangle these unhelpful habits. Golf isn’t one size fits all. So while advice needs to be generic enough to help almost everyone, it can never apply to every individual’s exact issues. The advice we work through in this episode is intended to be generic, but also applicable to what any of you are specifically going through. ----- Click here to sign up for The Mental Re-Grip ⛳️ newsletter to receive golf psychology help in your email inbox every-ish Tuesday. ----- Take the Mental Game Assessment and learn your top mental game traits and your areas in most need of improvement. ----- Have a suggestion for a topic or guest? Drop your suggestions here. ----- Prefer reading, but somehow found yourself here in audio land? Click here to check out the Foundations Mental Performance blog. ----- Are you a competitive golfer? Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your Golf Psychology Coach? Head to foundationsmp.com or email Josh directly at foundationsgolf@gmail.com. ----- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols Facebook: Josh Nichols Golf ----- Follow The Mental Golf Show on social: Twitter: @mentalgolfshow Instagram: mentalgolfshow TikTok: mentalgolfshow
Golf Beneath the Surface w/ Dr. Raymond Prior
Feb 14 2022
Golf Beneath the Surface w/ Dr. Raymond Prior
Dr. Raymond Prior joins the podcast to talk about how to view success as a golfer, preparing for important rounds, how to improve as a coach, goal-setting, moving on from bad shots, self-awareness, tracking mental game improvement, making swing changes, staying focused, and believe it or not, much more. ---------- Episode links: Dr. Prior on twitter RFP Sport & Performance ---------- Sign up for The Mental Re-Grip weekly newsletter here to get your weekly mental game tip. Have a guest or topic suggestion for the podcast? Submit them here. ---------- Episode chapters: 2:40 Dr. Raymond Prior 12:30 How to improve as a coach 17:00 Deeper level psychology 21:48 The window of success 29:19 It's NOT just another round of golf 31:38 How to approach an important round 35:12 How to approach huge goals 38:07 You can't lie to yourself 39:09 How to move on from a bad shot 50:14 Self-Awareness 53:33 Tracking mental game improvement 57:45 Perfectionism 1:01:59 Should mental training be mandatory? 1:07:38 How do you stay patient during a swing change? 1:09:59 How do you stay focused during a round of golf? 1:14:21 What things slow down progress? 1:17:22 What do high performers do differently? 1:21:22 What percent of golf is mental and what percent is physical? 1:22:50 Dr. Raymond Prior 1:24:14 The Mental Golf Show ---------- Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your mental coach? Head to foundationsmp.com or email Josh directly at foundationsgolf@gmail.com. ---------- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols Facebook: Josh Nichols Golf Everywhere else
The Neuroscience of the Mental Game w/ Lou Stagner
Feb 7 2022
The Neuroscience of the Mental Game w/ Lou Stagner
Lou Stagner joins the podcast to talk stats, the zone, how to handle pressure, how to improve and track your mental game, the brain science of managing expectations, how to play clutch, and much more. ---------- Episode links: @LouStagner on Twitter Arccos Golf Announces Hiring of Renowned Golf Data Analyst Lou Stagner Gyra Golf App - Dr. Izzy Justice Gyra Golf: Golf's 1st Mental Scorecard by Dr. Izzy Justice - Amazon ---------- Sign up for The Mental Re-Grip weekly newsletter here to get your weekly mental game tip. Have a guest or topic suggestion for the podcast? Submit them here. ---------- Episode chapters: 2:00 Lou Stagner 3:40 The origin of @LouStagner 7:03 Lou’s role at Arccos Golf 12:00 Lou’s neuroscience certification 16:40 Mental game is the next frontier of statistics 20:00 The zone and the brain 24:13 High frequency brain waves and its affect on your game 31:43 Does an intermediate target help in pressure situations? 34:47 How to lower brain wave frequency 38:10 Data to back up brain wave frequency correlation 39:47 Using neuroscience to move on from a bad shot 44:30 How to tip the scales in your favor 47:35 What NOT to do before and during a tournament 50:04 The neuroscience of managing expectations 52:16 How to measure mental game improvement 1:00:08 The math of clutch golf 1:06:42 What percent of golf is mental and what percent is physical? ---------- Interested in working 1-on-1 with Josh as your mental coach? Head to foundationsmp.com or email Josh directly at foundationsgolf@gmail.com. ---------- Follow Josh on social: Twitter: @joshlukenichols Instagram: @joshlukenichols Facebook: Josh Nichols Golf Everywhere else