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How to Make a Birdie

How to Make a Birdie


Have you ever told yourself you needed to make a couple birdies on the last few holes?Or maybe you categorize holes as "birdie holes" and up your expectations on short par fours or fives.Chances are it did NOT turn out the way you planned.You may have even made a bogey or two instead.So the question is “How do you make a birdie?”The quick answer is hit is close and make as short a putt as possible.This is for sure an easier way to go about it but in this episode I want to shift the way you think about making a birdie so that you can open yourself up to more creativity and possibilities on the golf course.And in the process help prevent you from make random mistakes and ugly swings on those last few holes or short part fives.Connect with Kathy at
Scoring can be mental. How you think about par, birdie, bogey can affect how you show up over the ball.  You can put unnecessary pressure on yourself to make a putt for par or give yourself a "3-putt pass" on a par 5 if you hit the green in two.In this episode, I share a different way to think about scoring so that you can stand over as many shots as possible from a calm, certain or confident place.Listen in and gain a paradigm shift on scoring with 3 key concepts.Learn more about Kathy at
"Just play golf one shot at a time." It is common advice but most golfers don't know how to exactly get that done.In this episode, I first break down what it means to NOT play golf one shot at a time. By understanding what happens when you get ahead of yourself on the course, ruminate over a previous hole or shot,  or argue with the reality of the situation in front of you,  you can better understand what is required to play in the present moment.I share with you the 3 steps required to hit golf shots "one at a time."Reach out to Kathy at or on her
Being a golf parent can be challenging. It can be hard to watch your child struggle with all of the ups and downs that golf brings, especially as we learn this game. As parents, we can sometimes be lost at what to say to our kids. How to help them and support them along the journey so that they can have some success.It's challenging at times to watch them feel bad, be upset, fail, beat themselves up, be negative. All the things that comes with being a junior golfer or a golfer for that matter.There are a few key mental lessons that will definitely serve you and your junior or college golfer and I share them with you in this episode.You can download the 7 Mental Lessons in a pdf by clicking
All golfers deal with anxiety and fear at some point on the golf course. Some golfers struggle with these emotional states more than others. Golf, however, does not produce anxiety or fear, it exposes it. It exposes a state of our nervous system that we deal with in our day to day lives. In this episode, Jill Howell, an emotional health coach, explains what is actually happening when you experience anxiety. She also share some useful tools that you can take to the course to help you manage the anxiety and fear that shows up and interferes with your performance on the course.If you want to download Jill's 10 easy ways to Relieve Anxiety and Overwhelm, had to
If you play enough golf you are going to run into slow play or slow golfers. And, you may actually be a slow golfer.In fact, many golfers fear being labeled as slow  to the point that it affects their performance and enjoyment of the game.In this episode, I cover it all: waiting on slow golfersplaying slowlyfear of being a slow golferI describe 3 types of slow golfer scenarios that you likely have to deal with on the course. You definitely want to get your head around slow play because without a plan you can get the rug pulled out from underneath you and derail a perfectly good round.I share with you how to get ahead of slow play in this episode and how to reframe the way you look at slow golfers.Connect with Kathy at
If you play enough golf you are going to get some bad breaks. You are going to get a bad bounce, a lip out, a crappy lie, an untimely gust of wind, etc. Some days it may feel like you get more than your fair share.If you struggle with those days or have a sense you are just a bit unluckier than most, this episode is for you. I show you how to use two of mental concepts, lenses and 50/50, to help you reframe and shift your experience around the bad, unfortunate, or unlucky parts of the game.Connect with Kathy...
Superstitions are everywhere but definitely prevalent in the world of golf. Whether it is the lucky ball mark, colored shirt, number on the cart, color of the tee, number on the ball, superstitions in golf are very common.In this episode, I shed light on the impact of the superstitions that may affect your performance. I share with you how to decipher if your "thing" is a preference or a superstition. You get to figure out if it is something you want to keep or shift for the benefit of your game and peace of mind.If you want more help with this head to
If you want to start lowering your handicap or knock a shot of your score, there are 3 main areas to look: physicalmentalcourse management/skillsIn this episode, I give you a fresh perspective on how to sharpen your game one shot at a time.Connect with Kathy at
As the summer unfolds, we dive into a vital topic for every golfer – avoiding mental complacency while playing our home course daily. In this episode, we explore how repeatedly playing the same course can lead to a 'home course disadvantage' for our game. We uncover five effective strategies to elevate both our mental and golfing skills. By changing tee boxes, hitting different shots off the tee, playing with better golfers, trying alternate shot formats, and challenging ourselves in various weather conditions, we can break the cycle of complacency and sharpen our focus. Embrace these tactics and step up your game when you hit unfamiliar fairways and greens with confidence. Connect with Kathy at KathyHartWood.comRegenerate response
In this episode, we delve into the often overlooked aspect of being a good golf partner and navigating the mental challenges of playing in tournaments with a partner. Discover four key strategies that will help you establish a strong partner relationship before stepping onto the course. We explore the power of open communication with your partner, setting boundaries, and being mindful of the words and body language you use during the game. Learn how to avoid unnecessary pressure and distractions, allowing you to focus on your own game and perform at your best. Connect with Kathy at KathyHartWood.comRegenerate response
If you don't like it when people ask you what you shot, or what you made on a hole or what place you finished, this episode is for you.Most golfers don't have a problem sharing the score of a good round. But, when you have a lousy day and someone asks you what you shot, the dialogue in your head about the question and questioner, expose 4 mental hurdles.These are mental obstacles to you being able to play your best golf and enjoy your time on the course. Learn more about Kathy at
Sometimes it is challenging to shake a bad golf memory. Maybe you hit a ball in the water, made a triple bogey, missed a couple short putts, bladed it out of bunker and that memory pops in your head the next time you stand over the shot or play the hole.If that happens, your mind is not present and your swing is not smooth. As a result, you likely repeat the same mistake. In this episode, learn 4 ways to eliminate the bad memory so that you can make your best swings the next time you tee it up.Connect with Kathy at
 Explore the crucial role of mental preparation in golf practice. Debunking misconceptions, this episode reveals the impact of mindset on performance. Discover how setting goals, making purposeful decisions, and cultivating confidence can optimize your practice sessions. Whether you love, hate, or overdo practice, gain actionable strategies to develop a positive mindset and unlock your potential on the golf course.  Listen in to learn the importance of intention, quality, and a focused approach in mastering the mental game of golf practice. Learn more about Kathy and current programs at
In this episode, Kathy addresses a common concern among golfers: the feeling of not being good enough. Explore the detrimental effects of shame and unrealistic expectations, both from comparing oneself to others and from external standards. Kathy provides practical advice on shifting your mindset, cultivating self-acceptance, and separating your worth from your performance on the golf course. Discover how to identify moments of self-doubt, pivot away from shame, and either work on improving specific areas or embrace self-acceptance. Step into a more empowered and enjoyable golfing experience by recognizing your inherent enough-ness..Learn more about working with Kathy by going to
This is a portion of a live call from Unleash Your Game, a  complete program for mastering your golf brain so you can consistently play to your potential with more calm, certainty and confidence.In the program, I offer live calls to support members on the mental golf journey. I start the call talking about hope. How we use the word versus how we create hope for us on the golf course. At the end of this call, you can hear a member share her recent experience shifting her thoughts and changing her results. Join me on a live call by signing up at
Discover the keys to unwavering commitment on the golf course in this episode. Kathy discusses the three essential steps for achieving a state of complete dedication over every golf shot. Learn how being committed can transform your game, enhance your decision-making, and yield remarkable results. Explore the power of self-awareness, making confident choices, and the crucial art of keeping your word to yourself. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a beginner, these practical strategies will help you unleash your true potential and enjoy your time on the course so much more. Discover how to work with Kathy at
Setting a golf intention is about giving your brain direction on the golf is a valuable tool to shifting your results.In this episode, I focus on 4 different ways to set intentions along with a few examples of how you can use them the next time you play. Start creating the habit of setting an intention before you play and give your brain direction on what to look for on the course.Learn more about how to work with Kathy at
Golf Resilience

Golf Resilience


Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficult conditions.This is really what mental golf is…bouncing back quickly. In this episode, I share with you the top 5 areas for you to focus on building up your resiliency. You may find that you are more resilient in one area and do not recover as quickly in other areas.This episode puts a little different spin on looking at mental golf and narrows done where to focus so that you can build your golf resilience.Learn more at
If you have a one day qualifier on your schedule this season whether it is a USGA or club championship qualifier, I have three tips to help you get through these rounds easier and with more success.One of the keys is to not make the event too big of a deal for the sake of your brain.  The bigger of a deal you make the tournament the more your brain is going to freak you out. I share three mental hurdles that typically show up on qualifying days. If you are aware of them and have some strategies to pivot back to a more calm or certain state, you will produce better and easier results.  Learn more about the Academy and Unleash Your Game at KathyHart
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Stacey Leigh

Love this! They way negative self talk hurts your game really resonates with me and as I've controlled this, I've seen a big improvement in my game and my enjoyment of the game. in regard to feeling our emotions, I've found Nelly Corda's use of the whoop app interesting. You'd have no idea that she was feeling anxiety until you see her pulse!! Jon Rahm alluded to this lack of change on his face when he thought his ball was OB. Nelly's pulse though!! lol! Mine must get up to 200 🤣🤣

Jun 27th
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