Our Credo is: "To score well on tour you may miss a birdie putt, but 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 neuro science 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 an interfering factor.
With the putting science institute as part of Tour Focus tour prep school specialised 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 specially the 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 club face position, strike angle, path, centreness and speed. These methods of training have different emphasis on how to move, especially how to "trigger" the movement. In fact, we recognised 2 starting (trigger) points moments in a putting stroke. When trained well consciously and subconsciously with feedback to 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 name for our school, that applies all 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.
Brain Putting - How to think with putting
Any thought during a motor movement that is regulated from the motor area of the brain is disrupted by conscious thoughts that are made in de pre frontal cortex. The signal gets sort of delayed. That interferes with your movements. As you will have experienced putts where you have not thought at all or felt you had to make them, where you just done it and with a perfect result. Just not thinking consciously is however not enough as when you have f.i. a wrong aim in your setup and/or red the wrong line on the green, etc. Your stroke might be great but not the result of it. Or your brain subconsciously corrects these errors which usually results in a bad impact.
So what to do?
You need to build a train of thoughts that you always do when putting. Thoughts that deal with the tasks at hand at that certain moment. Like when looking for a line (reading the green) just do that and don't think about the putt you are going to make and/or its result. After choosing the line, just setup to the ball and only think about that and aiming your putter on that line (do not think about the stroke yet or whatever becomes of the put). Then switch (the next phase) completely to a trigger thought or even better a trigger feel or sensation for your stroke and focus on that without thinking about the previous matters or what the ball is going to do. After impact ask yourself if that impact was good and on line or not. The rest becomes obvious itself, like where the ball ends up.
This takes enormous focus and concentration on the tasks you are doing at that time. Do not get distracted by other thoughts, which only becomes possible because you keep your mind very focussed on those things you are doing. Through practice this becomes also easier in time.
We call this staying in the present and describe it generally as shot routines or having the right mindset. This is a neuro-scientific way to putting as you play with and from your mind.
Conditions: To achieve this best
- your green reading and line choosing have to be correct (as your subconscious brain usually “sees” it right from the start)
- get your putter face aimed exactly right on the starting line and your body ready and in position for the putt.
- have a trigger for your movement (the putting stroke) that results naturally in the square impact in relation to your aimed setup with the correct "felt" and intended speed.
At Tour Focus we teach how to accomplish these thoughts and matters suited to your specific body build, feelings and talents.
-We deal with green reading and line choices.
-We get you to hold the putter so that it naturally returns to the exact setup position at impact (assuming you have the correct length putter, lie and grip size, otherwise we deal with that as well)
-We create a body posture that enables you to move as you should without obstructions to it.
-We trigger a movement from feel and focus that makes sure the speed and rhythm is right.
By thinking right and focussing at the correct matters at a certain moment/phase of your putting and by repetition of this way of thinking, your brain gets settled in a routine that enables you to putt under pressure in the same way as it would otherwise.
Tour Focus neuro science approach
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 motor skill 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 existing 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 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.
"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"