mental game of golf
"Indeed, once sound mechanics are in place, it is the mind that divides golfers into different groups." -- Dr. Gio Valiante, Sports Psychologist and author of Fearless Golf

How Golfers Just Like You
Lower Their Scores While Increasing
Their Enjoyment Of The Game

With The Lefkoe Method For Improving Your Mental Game You Will Lower Your Handicap By 2 To 4 Strokes

Dear Golfer,

You and I both know that no one can promise you that you will play like Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods.

But there is a way for you to play the game of golf well and do so consistently, so that you play at your best almost all the time and enjoy the game more than you have in years.

My name is Morty Lefkoe and if you'll give me just a few minutes of your time, I'll show you how The Lefkoe Method of improving your mental golf game (TLM) can help you lower your handicap by 2-4 strokes.

Eddie Heinen
>> Eddie Heinen

The Lefkoe Institute has dramatically changed my approach to each shot and the improvement in just a few short months is amazing.  By eliminating limiting beliefs formed from years of playing golf and from other experiences, I now approach every shot without any thoughts of the past or the future. I am thinking only of the shot I am about to make.

The “little voice” in my head has stopped. This allows my natural abilities to come out and my scores now better reflect my potential.

Since our initial meeting I have seen almost a two stroke improvement in my competitive round average and now hold an Asian PGA Tour Card. Something I never had achieved in four years of competition.

Working with Morty is a must for any serious golfer, especially those wishing to get to the next level.

Eddie Heinen
Asian PGA Tour Player  

Would you like to find out if TLM can improve your mental golf game? I'd be happy to talk with you. Just call 415-506-4472 or and ask for Morty.

Are You Just One Tip Away From A Better Golf Game?

I don't think so.

You see golf is a physical game. It is NOT a mental game, despite the widespread myth that it is. Most golfers have made golf a mental game … and that's the problem. They've turned a physical activity into a mental activity.

Let me explain. You make golf into a mental game because you let your mind interfere with the physical processes of keeping your head down, holding the clubs, swinging the clubs, etc… That's why more tips don't help. In fact they often confuse.

Neuroscience studies have shown that when learning a new physical skill we do need to think about what we are doing and so we use a specialized part of the cerebral cortex (the thinking brain) to figure things out.

However, once a new skill is learned we rely on the cerebellum to actually use it.

(For further explanation, please click here.)

At this point increasing activity in the cortex actually interferes with performance.

In other words—once you learn a new skill, thinking about what you are doing gets in your way.

The biggest problem for most golfers is that their muscles tighten up. This tightness can be major or minor but the result is the same—the tightness interferes with the physical actions you've practiced so hard to learn.

And what causes this muscle tightness?


And unfortunately it only takes a small blip on your mental radar screen to cause muscle tension.

You might be like many golfers who believe negative thoughts are the real problem. So the solution is to think positive.

Unfortunately this is wrong.

You don't want “better” thoughts, you want NO thoughts.

When Bobby Jones was asked how many thoughts he had just prior to swinging he said,

"If I have two swing thoughts, I have no chance at all. If I have one, maybe I'll have a good shot. If I have none, then I can play like Bobby Jones."

So then how do you stop the thinking that gets in your way?

That's where The Lefkoe Method, a set of techniques I developed over 20 years ago can help.

It helps you to eliminate the sources of any thoughts you have while you play—positive or negative—so that you can play with a quiet mind and let your body hit the ball with no interference from your conscious mind.

Fred Shoemaker, a noted golf coach and the author of Extraordinary Putting, explains why most thinking is bad for your game.

"It's easy for people to accept the fact that negative thinking can be a source of interference. I've found that the real challenge is to have people see for themselves that positive thinking can be just as much of a problem. My experience of positive thinking is that it's just more thinking, a mental process while we're in a physical activity. It's also an indication of doubt. … Positive thinking is an overlay of doubt; it's a strategy to overcome negative thinking, and while it may have better effects than negative thinking, I've never seen it fully promote peace of mind and freedom."

Would you like to find out if TLM is right for you? I'd be happy to talk with you. Just call 415-506-4472 or and ask for Morty.

How We Help You Lower Your Handicap

When you first speak with me I will dialogue with you to find out exactly how your mind is interfering with your golf game. I call this a mental pattern.

Here's how I help you find the mental pattern. I'll ask you what part of your game is not working and other questions to help you find out how your mind is contributing to your golf problem. If you are having trouble putting, for example, we might discover that you have the belief, “I'm lousy at putting.” When you discover your belief it will seem like a fact to you, but it's not. You may not have putted well in the past. That's a fact. But the idea that you will never putt well in the future is a belief that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You may find that certain things make you anxious, for example, what others think of how you are playing, missing an “easy” shot, or approaching the green. This anxiety may cause you to play poorly in these situations.

However, the biggest problem for most golfers is the “little voice” that constantly judges and criticizes. It says:

“How could you be so stupid?”

“Why can't I do what I did in practice?”

“Why did I use that club on the last hole?”

“They'll never want to play with me again.”

“I'm not really a good golfer.”

“I'll never get better.”

“Just concentrate and you'll be okay.”

“I should have known better.”

“Will I play well today?”

Second, I help you to find beliefs that are causing your mental patterns. When you find the beliefs you'll be able to see exactly how they are impacting your game. You might say to yourself, “Of course I would worry about my swing with that belief.”

For example, if every time you play well you feel that you can't sustain it, that it's a fluke, you might believe "If I'm playing well, it probably won't last," which causes you to lose your focus and may even cause you to get nervous, making it harder to control your swing.

Third, I use our belief elimination process to help you remove the beliefs from your mind.

I know that this is hard to believe but our client success stories show that this truly works.

Fourth, you have to actually get on the course and play to see if you have gotten rid of every aspect of the mental pattern you were working on.

Fifth, we help you evaluate your performance on the golf course to see if the mental pattern, and its impact on your golf game, is gone.

For example if we were working with your tendency to doubt yourself when you are playing at your best, as in the example above, we would simply ask if you continued to feel this way in those situations. If the tendency is less frequent or less intense than it was before, we know that we have only handled part of the pattern and we return to step one of The Lefkoe Method. If the tendency is totally gone, we move on to another behavior you want to change or another aspect of the “little voice” conversation.

Here's how the five steps worked for one of my recent clients.

In our first session my client said, “I usually putt short. I'm afraid of hitting the ball too hard on the putt and going past the hole. My 'little voice' is constantly worried about what others in my foursome will think if I hit the ball past the cup.”

I asked him what he believed that could explain both his behavior and what his “little voice” was telling him. At first he had no idea, but after a few directed questions he found the answer. "If I hit the ball past the cup it means I'm klutzy and uncoordinated." Also, "If I don't play well I'll be rejected and if I play too well I'll be rejected."

Using The Lefkoe Method he eliminated these beliefs in less than 30 minutes. A week later he called for his session. “How is your putting game?” I asked him. “Well, I only played one round of golf this past week and my number of putts during the round were what I usually do. But I was hitting the ball solidly and was not worried about how I look or what people will think.”

A couple of weeks later he sent me an email right after coming off the course: “I am completely certain that your work has made an appreciable difference in my game.... especially in the putting arena.  I am playing with more confidence and less chatter and emotionality. “

“The Lefkoe Method helped me to quiet my mind on the golf course, and that enhances every part of my game. It was a fun, fascinating and also liberating to let go of old limiting beliefs. Working with The Lefkoe Institute gave me a real lift in my self-empowerment and has helped me along my path of learning to play better golf and to enjoy myself more along the way.”

--John Leland, San Rafael

No More Anxiety When You Play

Sports psychologists have known for years that even small levels of anxiety inhibit muscle control, reducing your ability to control your swing.

The Lefkoe Method uses powerful emotional processes to help you get rid of the fear of screwing up, looking stupid and being judged that hinder your golf performance.

When these fears are gone you will have better control of your swing, be able to focus on getting the ball into the hole and be able to relax, causing your scores to fall.

"After 4 sessions with Morty, a curious phenomenon has occurred.  While my score has not seen any appreciable change, my attitude and how I view my game is entirely different.  I have become more patient with myself and as a result I am having way more fun out there.  I've stopped taking the game so seriously, so that I'm able to recover quickly from a bad shot and not have a bad shot lead to a domino effect.  Additionally because I've eliminated most, if not all, of the negative self talk, my shots are better and I'm able to be more creative when faced with an "unusual" lie of the ball.  I don't worry any longer about the fact that I started playing golf late in life and how that might impede my becoming a really good golfer. When I'm out there on the fairways I know that I will break 90 very soon, whereas before I was sure that I was too old to get really 'good' at this game.  Thanks, Morty!"

--Barbara Spector, San Rafael

Would you like to find out if TLM is right for you? I'd be happy to talk with you. Just call 415-506-4472 or and ask for Morty.

Relaxation Replaces Anger And Frustration

If you are still thinking about the last shot, especially if you are angry about it, your mind cannot possibly be fully focused on the current one.

When you have gotten rid of the triggers for your anger on the course with The Lefkoe Method you will be able to relax completely after a "bad" shot and focus calmly on the next one.

Not only will you enjoy the game more because you've gotten rid of some negative feelings but your scores will continue to get lower as you play more and more at your very best.

"I have tried for years to improve my golf and different golf clubs, clinics, lessons, and practice.  Morty provided me with a new dimension to clear away nagging thoughts and decisions, which have plagued my golf game and stood in my path to recording lower scores.  I focused my work with him on my putting and have reduced my putts per round substantially.  While I used to fear reaching the green, I now look forward to bringing out my putter and gunning for a 1 putt."

--Jeff Roe, Greenbrae, CA

End Habitual Hooks And Slices

Dr. Joseph Parent, the author of Zen Golf, concludes, "If you're having a conversation with yourself as you're about to swing, you're in trouble."

We've found the true cause of "hooks" and "slices" for people who've learned how to swing well in practice--and it's not bad technique or poor concentration.

If these were your real problems you would NEVER swing the club well, not even in practice. So then why do you swing worse in play than in practice?

The answer: doubt, confusion and anxiety.

Doubt about whether your swing technique is right or not.

Confusion about what went "wrong" on the last shot.

And anxiety about whether it will happen again.

However, the cause of doubt, confusion and anxiety on or off the golf course is a set of beliefs.

The Lefkoe Method helps you get rid of these beliefs. Examples are "Mistakes are bad", "If people see me make a mistake, they'll think I'm stupid" and "Since I've screwed that one up before I'll probably screw it up again."

When these and other similar beliefs are eliminated you will swing with confidence, let go of bad shots quickly, enjoy lower scores and most importantly…

…enjoy actually playing the game.

Stop The Yips Cold

What causes the yips?

Dr. Valiante, noted sports psychologist, provides an answer
Tension and fear influence the golf swing [by causing] golfers [to] change their rate of acceleration on the downswing. … On the full swing we call this trying to 'steer' the ball or 'holding on' too long. … When golfers feel fear over a putt, deceleration manifests itself in the form of a 'jabbed' putt along with a slight flinch of the eyes and slight movement of the head (which influences direction and line).
In other words, anxiety causes golfers to slow down as they swing, flinch their eyes and move their head at the last moment--the yips.

When you get rid of the yips you will no longer have to suffer the disappointment of missing putts you know you can make.

You'll put with confidence, lower your score and, instead of dreading it, really enjoy the short game.

"For years, I had been told by my older brothers that I couldn't putt...that I had no feel for the putter.  Although my tee to green game was pretty good, I believed them (and the resultant little voice in my head) and couldn't putt at all.  After a couple of TLM sessions, I took about 8 to 10 strokes off my game -- all on the green. I don't dread the greens any more, and have returned to enjoying my entire golf game -- especially, putting. The little voice now tells me that I can putt."

--Graham Baker, Nashville, TN

How Do We Know Our System Works?

TLM was shown to be so effective in getting rid of one type of performance anxiety that it was written about in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

So you can be sure that our technique doesn't just work with a few "select" clients who gave us testimonials. It works for almost everyone.

The Lefkoe Method has also been featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show because the changes we've helped individuals like you create are lasting and profound.

I just wanted to let you know that I'm now playing golf better than ever...I'm really having breakthroughs on the course. I am beginning to score. I shot a 90 (a personal best on that course) and 92 in two of the last three rounds. During these rounds I recorded 9 hole scores of 42 twice (this by the way is also the best 9 hole score I have ever had...and I did it twice!). If I maintain this type of pace, 84 is possible. Golf is a demanding game, physical strength and endurance as well as the mental aspects need to come together. Thank you for your contribution...I believe that your work has made a difference. I am a different "golfer" now....less emotional, more focused and confident. --Jeff Roe, Greenbrae, CA

Find And Handle The Core Issues Limiting
Your Golf Performance

The people I've trained and I have used TLM to help over 13,000 people around the world get rid of performance anxiety, anger, frustration and other problems that inhibited their performance and kept them from fully enjoying life.

Because I have worked with many people of varied backgrounds I am adept at discovering the unique issues getting in the way of improving your golf performance.

When you handle these issues you will play better, enjoy the game more and impress your fellow golfers with your dramatically improved performance.

Have A Busy Schedule?

You can work with me over the phone at times that are convenient for you.

This allows you to work when it fits your already overcrowded schedule and in a place that's comfortable for you.

The Lefkoe Method is highly effective over the phone. In fact even many of our Bay Area clients choose to work with us this way due to the convenience.

What You Get

Consulting for corporations for over 20 years has taught me to be extremely results-oriented so I understand your need to make measurable progress.

As a result, I don't settle for miniscule improvements in your game. And when you work with me and spend your hard earned money you shouldn't either.

That's why our work is designed to lower your handicap by 2-4 strokes depending on your current handicap after you've had 5 one-hour sessions.

Tuition for "The Lefkoe Method Improve Your Golf Program" is $300 for each one-hour telephone or in-person session.

This is similar to the cost of a lesson with a top golf pro.

When you work with me you:
  • Totally eliminate the fears that interfere with your swing
  • Get rid of anger and regret when you hit the ball in a way you don't like
  • Play at your best more consistently
  • Learn from books, videos, teachers and experience much more quickly than you have in the past
  • Eliminate the “little voice” in your head that criticizes and judges you, that warns you to not make a mistake, that gets angry with you, and that worries about what other people will be thinking
  • Dramatically reduce your stress
all of which will result in significantly lower scores …

And most of all…

…you will enjoy the game more than you ever have before.

How much is that worth?

What It Takes To Get Started

The first step is to call (415) 884-0552 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time and ask for Morty. I'd love to speak with you and will answer all of your questions.

Or if you can't wait to begin you can Order Online. After you order online you will get a call by the next business day to set up your first appointment at a time convenient to you.

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Phone: 415-506-4472

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