Alison Curdt, the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, two-time Western LPGA Section Teacher of the Year and PGA Master Professional, is the PGA director of instruction at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley, California.
Alison Curdt on the importance of offering mental management sessions:
Both PGA Professionals and students understand and recognize the importance of physical golf lessons, but students rarely delve into and understand the importance of the mental aspect of the game of golf. In 2013 I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, which better equipped me with the necessary tools to aid in the focus of the mental and emotional components of golf. As I continued to pursue my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, I began to offer 50-minute mental sessions that focus on dealing with the internal (emotions, intensity, schemas) and external (hazards, playing partners, noises) distractions that limit players from reaching their maximum potential. Since 2014, these sessions focusing on the mental and emotional components of performance has harvested stronger-willed golfers.
Alison Curdt on the business impact of offering mental management sessions:
Since inception in 2014, I have worked with roughly 50-75 unique students, which has contributed to 500-plus hours in mental management sessions. This does not include the 1,100 physical lessons I conduct throughout the year. Each mental lesson runs $100 and this program alone has generated upwards of $50,000 annually. With that I’m seeing 30 percent women, 40 percent men and 30 percent youth. I have many students on the U.S. Kids Golf Tour ages spanning five to 11 – the younger the student who learns to manage emotions and their mental game the better they will be for decades to come!