Tour Focus

Personal Coaching

Our Credo is: "A birdie putt you may miss; a par putt you must make"

A neuroscience based approach to peak performance

Tour Focus helps players to achieve professional levels of play, to get onto professional golf circuits and to reach peak performance within each individual's ability and capacity by using the knowledge of how the brain works in relation to physical performance.


It uses, next to all traditional coaching methods, the very latest of knowledge in Neuroscience about the functioning of the human brain in relation to physical and mental performances. Together in a multiple approach with lifestyle counselling to optimise those performances. It aims at instinctive rather than cognitive conscious golf. Tour Focus is certain that an athlete can be at his or her best if the conscious mind stays out of it. And to reach that potential a different approach is needed and offered. Training effectively so players can achieve their best possible performance. To focus to ensure that the body moves without interference of the pre-frontal-cortex. To have a regular heartbeat so stress is not a n interfering factor. 


We train this mainly at our location at Hacienda del Álamo Golf Resort in sunny Murcia, Spain. The practice and playing facilities there are one of the best in South-Eastern Spain. For more info about Hacienda just click on the image underneath. We do this there with both with our elite players as as well in adopted programs for all levels of golfers.





With the putting science institute as part of Tour Focus tour prep school specialized in the short game we focus on putting and data statistics. At Tour Focus we developed by research a more specific method in training ourselves in becoming the best putter possible. We call this method BRAIN PUTTING. As the brain is the master of (almost) all movements and definitely the one that masters a fine motor skill like putting where little to no strength is needed, it is important to know how this works inside the body and brain. We found several ways of enhancing a "natural and instinctive" way of putting that has a pure ball strike as a result including the properly wanted impact factors as clubface position, strike angle, path, centredness, and speed. These methods of training have different emphasis on how to move, especially how to "trigger" the movement. In fact, there are 2 starting points and thus triggering moments in a putting stroke. When trained well consciously and subconsciously by training aids that correspond and feedback more with the the subconscious motor system in the brain and then specially that part called the procedural memory. Rather than with the cognitive circuits in the brain. Thus achieving a proper individual and therefore sustainable putting stroke that can reach new levels of putting. The next step is in adapting an outside focus that enables the body to function in that most advantageous optimal way of executing a putt. That is why the name for our school, that applies this knowledge, is named Tour Focus as it not only is meant for (focussed on) playing on a professional golf tour but also at how to focus the mind in order to achieve a peak performance at the moments that it counts most, during (stressed) tournament play. We at the putting science institute and at Tour Focus think that the future tour standards in putting will average around 25 to 26 putts per round instead as it is now, around 29 to 30. This could mean a revolution in golf as it could mean an improvement of 3 to 4 strokes per round average and 9 to 12 strokes average per tournament. Some evidence is showing up now with several top tour players that such numbers can be reached. (Reed, Amphibarat, Spied)

Tour Focus Philosophy


Tour Focus students are trained with the support of the latest neuro mechanical and neuro psychological methods. 

The reasons is that for top performance accomplishment in sports, the brain dynamics needs to be taken into account because it determines both motor control and crucial psychological factors, such as intrinsic motivation, selective attention, goal setting, working memory, decision making, positive self-concept, and self-control and last but not least motorskill performance.

This "neuro" approach makes therefore a big difference and is many times totally different from the traditional methods. At Tour Focus we also concentrate on working with applied knowledge in health and fitness because there is much evidence that these factors play a crucial role in brain health and functioning. The results of all these we use in our approaches within our training- and coaching sessions. The outcomes seem simple and are easy to adopt. 

During the technique building phase a golf player takes lessons, usually with their club professional and coach. The swing is build and motions are formed and stored in the procedural memory. Preferably within the players own typical natural physical characteristics. At Tour Focus we basically do not change a technique anymore when learned through instructional advice but have players perform better with their excisting techniques! There lies a fundamental difference! We focus on the working and functioning of the brain and how that influences the motor skills of the body; how a movement is made in neuro mechanical and neuro biological sense. With emphasis on the establishment of learned adopted movements, specially under stress conditions, and the constant repetition thereof. We use focus methods for initiating movements which results in associative learning within brain circuitry and its functions in loco motor adaption, etc. With this approach a player has the best chance to achieve and make that achievement sustainable also under pressure.

              

"We do not over-coach. We do not change someone's swing to become a model swing, We want our students to become best within their own swing"