Mental Game Issues in Performance

  There are many things that can potentially disrupt a person’s performance.  Athletes have a tendency to create labels, generally negative self-appraisals, for a difficulty rather then understand it from a mind-body perspective.   I find it interesting to hear the different conclusions people make about why they performed poorly.  Everyone seems to have a favorite […] Read more »

Golf Builds Skills and Character

Golf for the most part is played without supervision of a referee. A central principle of golf: “Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it, and if you cannot do either, do what is fair”. Golf, like life, relies on the integrity of the players. Whether golf emulates life or […] Read more »

Staying Positive In a Negative Situation

In the sand bunker

Many times we are unaware of our self-talk; therefore, it can sabotage our performance without our even realizing it. Negative self-talk produces negative feelings, physical tension, as well as decreased motor coordination and speed – clearly it will impede your physical performance on the golf course. Negative self-talk also takes your focus away from what […] Read more »

Mental Strategy

Mental Strategy

Mental errors are avoidable with strong mental performance skills. Although most people agree golf is a mental game few golfers really work on their mental game skills. To achieve your full potential in sport performance mastery of a variety of fundamental mental skills is necessary and the best way to lower that score. One area […] Read more »

How’s Your Mental Game?

Mental Game

By Debbie Bensching, President and owner of Mind Empowered Sport Performance (MSW, ACSW, LCSW, MSWAC, CHT) Have you ever seen a great athlete self destruct on the course or during a game? Did their physical ability suddenly change? Of course not! That self destruction was most likely due to emotional reactivity or mental error. Mental […] Read more »

Individual Mental Performance Training Sessions

Individual Instruction

Individual instruction for mental performance training is all about you.  Some of the mental skills needed for peak performance are proper thinking and mental strategy, developing self-talk that emphasizes what can be done, heightening prolonged states of relaxation under pressure, performance mindset, and excellent concentration. These skills allow one to access all the power of […] Read more »


Don’t Talk Yourself Out of a Great Game! Do you ever step up to the tee box and think “I hope I don’t hit the ball in the water” and then sure enough, the ball lands right in the water? By thinking about the water you gave your brain the instruction to focus on the water. […] Read more »

Over Thinking Impedes Performance


By Debbie Bensching, President and owner of Mind Empowered Sport Performance  (MSW, ACSW, LCSW, MSWAC, CHT) “Staying Positive In A Negative Situation” and “Think Your Way to A Better Golf Game”  pointed out how important it is to stay positive and take charge of your thinking.  In addition to what we are thinking impacting our […] Read more »

Hypnosis Works

Woman under hypnosis

Hypnosis is a familiar word to many people. Hypnosis is commonly misrepresented and misunderstood. What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis Is:  a state of inner absorption, concentration and heightened, focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are highly concentrated and […] Read more »