Developing mental strength and confidence for Golf

LET Access Tour golfer and client athlete Kiran Matharu believes Tougher Minds has helped her achieve her “best ever” level of performance, especially in terms of her mental strength and confidence.

Leeds-born Matharu flew to Delhi at the weekend to play in the Hero Women’s Indian Open (4-6 December). She has worked with Tougher Minds Director Jon Finn for the past 18-months and credits the training with major improvements in her game.

“I couldn’t think of anybody better to work with, Jon has helped me so much and I’m really happy with how things have worked out. I am definitely mentally tougher as a golfer”, she commented.

“The biggest thing for me is the confidence I’ve gained from it and mentally I can only see myself growing stronger and stronger.”

Matharu continued: “I feel I’m playing the best I’ve ever played, mentally I’m the best I’ve ever been. We’ve been working on confidence this year and I feel a lot more comfortable with my game and my routine now. It’s helped me so much.”

In 2014, Matharu finished 15th on the LET Access Tour Order of Merit without playing in every event and has qualified for the final stages of Tour school, which take place later this month.

She explained: “Prior to working with Jon, I didn’t have any structure to how I would think or react physically when I experienced any adversity but now I have.

“It’s definitely helped me prepare for the Hero Indian Open, there’s a lot of pressure and media attention in India so it’s a big thing to keep focussed while everything is going on around you.”

Confidence, belief and mental strength for Golf – Kiran Matharu from Pre-Shot on Vimeo.

After turning professional in 2006, Kiran Matharu finished 15th in her first tournament on the Ladies European Tour and 3rd at Final Qualifying School. Previously, she won the English Ladies Amateur Championship in 2005 and ,as a 17-year old, went on to represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup. Her age at the time made her the youngest ever player to feature in the high-profile tournament.

She was also girls champion of the Sir Nick Faldo Golf series in 2004 and 2005. These events were set up to nurture future generations of golfing champions and include Rory McIlroy among their alumni. Kiran’s prowess on the course and status off it was also recognised when she twice won the Female Junior category at Sony’s prestigious British Asian Sports Personality.

Tougher Minds works with a range of elite sporting organisations including The Professional Golfers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, England Athletics and the RFL,as well as athletes and coaches who compete at the highest level.

Tougher Minds methods will support all those involved in sport to perform under pressure, optimise their training and preparation,work hard every day and show leadership to help others to get the best out of themselves. The training is suitable for all sports and athletes and we also work with and train other sports psychologists to enhance their delivery and knowledge.

Professional Golfer Kiran Matharu from Pre-Shot on Vimeo.

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