How to Build a Better Mental Game and Why You Still Suck at Putting

Presented by Joshua J. Brant, Psy.D. and George Connor, PGA

You’ve been playing for years.  You take lessons, have the latest custom fit equipment and spend hours at the range.  Yet somehow your golf scores are only marginally better.  You know you could be a much better golfer.  What is holding you back?

An effective mental approach and the intricacies of putting are easily the two least understood aspects of golf.  Thus, golfers who play for years even decades never approach what could be considered an 18-handicap proficiency in either category.

In this 90-minute seminar the two experts in their field will explore your path to the best golf of your life.  Learn how your brain can be your greatest asset or your largest saboteur.  Learn why putting looks so easy even though you continue to struggle on the greens.

Join us for an interactive and engaging discussion

Thursday March 30th from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Hopkins School, New Haven, CT

Tuesday April 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 at Farmington Woods Golf Club, Avon, CT

The same seminar will be presented each evening.  Pick a date and location that fits you and email to reserve your spot.  $89.00 per person.


Dynamics of Putting and Assessment.

  • Assessments should be done in increments
  • Putting is an EcoSystem
    • If you change one component, it will affect many others
  • Assess General Skills First
    • Green Reading
    • Speed Control
    • Rolling the Ball on line
  • Then drill deeper as needed to discover why there is a problem in one of the Three Majors
    • Example: Poor ability to start the ball on line
      • Test initial aim
      • Test putter face at impact
      • Test stroke path at impact
    • To do a complete assessment will most often create:
      • Additional errors
      • Increased frustration
      • Continued helpless feeling
    • Examples
      • I will discuss two scenarios where a “problem” found in a complete assessment is addressed when perhaps it shouldn’t

How to Build a Better Mental Game

  • In order the control your performance you must be able to control yourself.
  • In order to control yourself, you must have self-awareness.
  • Self-awareness is the key to change. Only through accurate self-awareness of your true motives is meaningful change possible.

Self-awareness exists on two levels: Level 1 (conscious, voluntary, mechanical) vs. Level 2 (unconscious, involuntary, automatic)

Level 1 is important, but is guided by Level 2.

Step 1: You must be able to distinguish where you’re at in your mind at any given moment.

Step 2: If necessary, take corrective action, and the sooner the better

Practice the skills related to optimal experience.


  • Construct a conceptual framework for how to think about the mental game
  • Identify the characteristics of peak performance
  • Discuss ways to begin developing your mental game
  • How to use imagery/visualization
  • Concentration training


George Connor, PGA  Certified in Teaching from the PGA of America.  AimPoint Level 2 Certified instructor, SeeMore SPi Advanced Certification, Two-Time CT PGA Teacher of the Year, Owner of ConnorGolf and The Golf Channel Academy at Farmington Woods

Dr. Josh Brant, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist, Sports Psychologist, Professor at The Hopkins School. Varsity Golf Coach at Hopkins School.  Works with a number of Professional, Collegiate and High Ranking Amateur golfers.