Best Golf Psychologists

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Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer is a speaker and coach who provides Business and Golf seminars, presentations and outings using a unique blend of “The Mental Side of Golf” training and leading-edge business models. This process sharpens skills in both areas and will give you and your clients more enjoyment on the golf course, better results in business, and strengthened relationships.

BVP Sport Psychology
Theo Bezuidenhout and Shaun Landsberg are sport psychologists who run South Africa’s leading sport psychology service. For golfers, they offer individual sessions, comprehensive mental golf coaching packages, video-call sessions and golf specific digital courses.

Cheshire Golf Studio
Cheshire Golf Studio is Cheshire’s leading golf game improvement centre. As well as providing golf lessons, golf club repairs and golf fitness coaching, it has developed a unique golf psychology programme for golfers looking to improve their mental game.

Cincinnati Sports Psychology
Coach Brian Arlinghaus has a Masters Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is also a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He works with competitive athletes of all ages to enhance their experience playing their sport as well as their ability to coach themselves in practice and in competition.

Competitive Edge
Dr. Alan Goldberg (Dr. G) is an internationally-known expert in peak sports performance and has worked with athletes across all sports at every level over the past 35 years, from professional and Olympic level right down to junior competitors. He trains athletes’ minds, teaching practical skills that can be immediately used in their sports. For golfers, he provides a full suite of mental toughness training programs and books for players themselves, their coaches, and for parents.

Condor Performance
Condor Performance is a hand-picked team of Performance Psychologists and Sport Psychologists which has been providing sport psychology services and tailored mental toughness training programmes since 2005. All the team members are based in Australia but most of their clients live in other parts of the English-speaking world so their work is mainly done via webcam or videoconference technologies such as Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and Google Meet.

Dan Abrahams
Dan Abrahams is a former PGA professional who has been working with golfers to help them improve the mental side of their game since 2002. Formerly the Lead Psychologist for England Golf, his goal is to help clients shoot lower scores and win more often by introducing practical solutions to help them practice more effectively, prepare more thoroughly, perform with improved consistency and progress quicker.

David L. Cook
David Cook is a speaker, consultant, coach, author, and film-maker in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology. In 2013, Golf Digest named him one of the “Top 10 Mental Game Experts” in the world of golf. He released his first performance novel, “Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia” in 2006; the book was later made into a film. In 2014 he released “The Psychology of Tournament Golf: Playing Your Best When it Means the Most”. In 2018 he released “Golf’s Sacred Journey, The Sequel”. He has coached over 100 PGA tour players and is currently coaching several top players. His articles have been featured in Golf Magazine, Golf Illustrated, and Golf Tips.

Dr. Alex Thompson
Dr. Alex Thompson is a licensed psychologist with a specialisation in sport psychology. She runs Be Elite, a counseling and sport psychology service for athletes. Her goal is to help athletes become their best selves. Specific areas of focus include resilience, confidence, motivation, goal-setting, dealing with injury, and energy control.

Dr. Bhrett McCabe
Dr. Bhrett McCabe is a renowned sports and performance psychologist based in Birmingham, AL. His clients include 12+ PGA and LPGA Tour players whose rankings have reached #1 in the world. He offers personalized training sessions covering the mental game process and can give golfers the tools they need to perform at their best when it matters most. He is a frequent contributor to Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and Golf Channel’s The Morning Drive.

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Dr. Bob Rotella

Dr. Bob Rotella is generally regarded as the world’s premier sports psychologist. A former Professor of Sports Psychology at the University of Virginia, he was named by Links magazine as one of the “Top 25 Instructors of All Time”. Golf World magazine named him one of the “Top 10 Golf Teachers of the 20th Century” and called him “Godfather of Sports Psychology for Golf”. Golf Magazine included him as one of the “Top 10 Teachers of the Decade”. Since 1984 the golfers Dr. Rotella has coached have won more than 300 tournaments and 74 Majors.

Dr. Brett Denkin
Dr. Brett Denkin has over 30,000 hours of experience as a sports psychologist, life coach, business coach, and licensed psychologist. He assists competitive athletes including golfers to perform at much higher levels and to achieve their dreams and goals. He helps athletes improve their performance significantly by learning to focus and concentrate better, manage their emotional states more effectively, become mentally tougher, improve their self-confidence, learn greater self-sufficiency, and to eliminate self-sabotage, the mental and emotional killer of success.

Dr. Carly Hunt
Dr. Carly Hunt is a golf psychologist and licensed psychologist. Dr. Hunt helps elite golfers build mental skills for peak performance, such as dealing with negative thoughts, staying present, positive inner dialogue, building confidence and motivation, positive imagery, healthy perspectives, communicating with coaches, healthy habits, and more. Dr. Hunt also consults with golf parents on how to best help their child excel. As needed, Dr. Hunt helps golfers address mental and emotional health concerns that may be interfering with performance and well-being. Dr. Hunt is former division 1 golfer (Georgetown University & University of Maryland) and certified yoga instructor, and she holds graduate degrees in Kinesiology (MA) and Counseling Psychology (PhD). Dr. Hunt uses a culturally sensitive approach and helps players find a sense of belonging, purpose, and meaning in golf and in life. She is available for individual and group sessions, speaking engagements, consultations, and season-long contracts. Learn more at

Dr. Deborah Graham
Dr. Deborah Graham specialises in golf performance coaching and was listed in 2013 by Golf Digest as one of their Top 10 Golf Psychologists. She has helped professional and amateur golfers from around the world and her client list includes over 400 players on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour, 21 of whom she has guided to 31 Major championships. She provides golf psychology coaching in person, on the phone, or via email, text, and Skype.

Dr. Gregg Steinberg
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the greatest golf psychologists in the world. He is head sports psychologist for both the International Golf Psychology Association and the United States Golf Federation. He has worked with golfers on both the PGA and LPGA tours as well as with collegiate teams and top ranked juniors. He has also appeared on the Golf Channel to speak about golf psychology and is the author of the best selling golf psychology book, Mental Rules for Golf.

Dr. Kate Kirby
Dr. Kate Kirby is the Head of Performance Psychology at the Sport Ireland Institute. She has worked at the highest level of sport for over a decade and works privately with athletes from individual sports such as golf and athletics, as well as players from a broad range of team sports.

Dr. Kevin Sverduk
Dr. Kevin Sverduk has been a sport psychology and performance coach for over 20 years and is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at Long Beach State, teaching courses in Sport Psychology, Motor Learning, and Coaching. His clients include PGA and LPGA touring professionals, highly ranked amateurs, collegiate golf teams, and elite junior players. He is the author of “The Performance Mindset: A Process-Oriented System for Golf Excellence”.

Dr. Michelle Cleere
Dr. Michelle Cleere has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, and works as a Global Performance Coach, helping top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields to unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. She works with all levels of golfers – professional, college, and Q school golfers – and has published in Golf Teaching Pro Magazine.

Dr. Mo Pickens
Dr. Morris Pickens is a sports psychologist specializing in competitive performance enhancement. He helps athletes and business professionals reach their highest potential. His students have over 25 PGA Tour victories including 3 majors, over 200 amateur wins and one NCAA Championship. His client list includes Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Nick Watney and John Rollins.

Dr. Nick Molinaro
Dr. Nick Molinaro is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience. He specializes in clinical counseling psychology, sport psychology, executive assessment and performance enhancement. Dr. Molinaro develops customised plans for tour pros, serious amateurs, junior golfers, college players and weekend warriors to improve confidence, increase focus, and enhance composure on the course.

Dr. Noel Rousseau
Dr. Noel Rousseau is a PGA Advanced Fellow Professional with a PhD in Motor Learning. He is based in Wycombe Heights, UK, and runs an online golf learning platform that can genuinely transform your game. Subscribers gain full access to expert video tutorials, masterclasses, unlimited Q&A feedback, Movement Psychology advice and structured learning programmes. The platform is aimed at all golfers with a genuine interest in developing their game.

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Fluid Motion Factor

Fluid Motion Factor is a revolutionary golf program created by Steven Yellen that teaches golfers how to consistently access their best golf swing and achieve the fluidity and effortlessness that comes with being “in the zone”. Mr. Yellen has worked with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA, LPGA, and Asian Tour professionals who have won five Major championships and over $75 million in prize money. The programme is endorsed by Scott McCarron, David Leadbetter and Gaby Lopez.

Front Foot Psychology
Front Foot Psychology is run by Dr. Darren Britton, a chartered psychologist based in the New Forest between Bournemouth and Southampton. Darren works with athletes of all ages and abilities to improve performance, mindset, wellbeing, and personal development. His work with golfers helps them set long-term goals for improving their game and teaches them how to manage their minds effectively so they can thrive under pressure on the course. Sessions can take place virtually or in person.

Gio Valiante
Dr. Gio Valiante has a PhD in Educational Psychology and serves as the mental game consultant to the Golf Channel and Golf Digest. Over the past 20 years, his players have earned over 50 professional wins and many amateur titles. In one year, his players were responsible for over 20% of the wins on the PGA Tour. He has worked with some of the game’s best players, including Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Jordan Speith, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Davis Love III and Matt Kuchar. In 2013 he was named No. 2 in Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golf Psychologists and is the author of two books, Fearless Golf and Golf Flow.

Golf Mind
Golf Mind is a UK-based website designed for players, coaches and psychologists/mind coaches who would like to further their knowledge of the application of psychological skills in golf. The site also provides details of the work of Dr. Brian Hemmings, including his best-selling golf book and CD. Golf Mind also arranges events where the best sport psychologists and leading PGA coaches advise on how to improve the mental aspects of golf.

Golf Psychology Coaching
This is an online course that has been developed for golf teaching professionals and other committed individuals to enhance their coaching skills when working with players of all standards. It is based on 25 years of research and consultancy in golf psychology and is the only course of its type available in Europe. It is recognised as a formal learning opportunity by the PGA of GB&I, and is an approved education programme of the Confederation of Professional Golf (formerly the PGAs of Europe).

Golf State of Mind
David MacKenzie is a Mental Golf Coach and the founder of Golf State of Mind. While studying at the University of St. Andrews, David began research into how elite performers apply their minds to practice and play. He turned this research into his “Ultimate Mental Game Training System For Golf” which has been used by over 100k golfers worldwide. David works with individual golfers of all skill levels, from Junior and College golfers to Tour winners.
GolfPsych is a Tour-proven mental game coaching programme designed to train your mind like a Tour Pro. The GolfPsych system is built around the original research of Dr. Deborah Graham, designated by Golf Digest as one of the Top 10 Golf Psychologists. It has been used by over 400 Tour Pros who between them have won 31 Major Championships.

Ian Hardie
Ian Hardie is a New Zealand PGA golf coach. He offers a two-hour Practical Golf Psychology workshop on the role of the mind in allowing you to play well on golf course. It is also available as a downloadable PDF book.

Inner Coach Golf
Brian McGowan is an experienced coach based in Scotland who specialises in mental game coaching, NLP and hypnosis. He has worked alongside club players, top amateurs and Tour pros, helping them develop their mental game. His “Inner Golf Coach” audio programme shows you the way to think before, during and after the round; how to overcome anxiety, beat first tee nerves, improve your focus and concentration and play in the “Zone” more often.

Jared Tendler
Jared Tendler coaches professional athletes, poker players and financial traders on how to improve their mental game. His clients include institutional and individual traders, PGA Tour players, entrepreneurs, and world champion poker players. His Golf Psychology Coaching Programme helps golfers get to the root of their mental game problems and eliminate them once and for all.

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John F. Murray

Dr. John F Murray has been providing sports and clinical psychology services to help individuals, organizations and teams succeed for more than 20 years. He is a best-selling author and columnist, media resource for sports psychology, and seminar leader for business and sports groups worldwide on topics such as performance enhancement and mental health. He has appeared many times on national television and radio and his commentary can be found in thousands of newspapers, magazines, trade journals and websites.

Jon Adler
Jon Adler is a golf psychologist and coach based in Dorset, England. He has been coaching golfers since 2001, including players from the European, Seniors, Challenge, Euro Pro, EPD, Jamega and Pro66 Tours. He offers coaching by telephone or face-to-face to help golfers increase their ability to handle competitive play and play their best golf when it matters.

Karl Morris Mind Factor
Karl Morris is widely regarded as Europe’s leading performance coach. He provides cutting-edge mental game products focusing on peak performance and goal achievement aimed at ambitious players and coaches. His client list includes Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley, Alison Nicholas and Trish Johnson. He has also worked with top-class amateurs, including numerous Walker Cup and Curtis Cup players, and is a consultant to the PGA of Great Britain and Europe.

Keith Kaufman, PhD
Keith A. Kaufman, Ph.D., PLLC, is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist based in Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA. He is the author of “Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement: Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches” and co-hosts the Mindful Sport Performance Podcast.

Louise Ellis
Louise Ellis is a BASES-Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist with 16 years of experience in sport psychology. She works with professional golfers on the European Men’s Tour, America’s EGolf Professional tour (feeder tour to the PGA), Challenge Tour, Euro Pro and Ladies European Tour. Her current clients include European Tour winners, EGolf Tour winners and amateur golfers representing England. She also provides support to keen recreational golfers wishing to improve their handicap.

Mastering Golf Psychology
The International Golf Psychology Association (IGPA) trains players in the mental game of golf. It offers a golf psychology certification course called Mastering Golf Psychology which focuses on improving golfers’ mental skills in 6 main areas; awareness, confidence, overcoming anxiety, concentration, motivation and practice. The course is approved for continuing education by the PGA and LPGA and is also endorsed and recommended by the International PGA and the United States Golf Teaching Federation (USGTF).

Mental Golf Type
Mental Golf Type is a program designed by John Weir and Kiel Alderink. John Weir is the author of Golfer’s Guide to Mental Fitness, and co-founder of the Mental Golf Academy, which provides mental performance coaching to golfers worldwide. Kiel Alderink is the Head Mental Game, Performance Coach and Operating Partner of Mental Golf Type. He is a Golf Digest Top Teacher Under 40 in America, a Golf Digest Top Teacher in Illinois, and a Golf Academy of America Top 25 Teacher. He works with professionals and college players on improving their mental game and performance.

Mindset Sports Psychology
Adam Berry has been involved in sports for over 20 years and has a Masters in Sports Psychology from California Southern University. He has worked extensively with athletes of all ages and skill levels, from youths through to the professional ranks, and can help them overcome obstacles, break down barriers, and go on to perform at their absolute peak. He is based in Scottsdale, AZ.

MVP Mentality Sports Psychology
MVP Mentality is a sports psychology practice based in Boca Raton, FL, under the directorship of Dr. Lauren Swenson Hennessy. Dr. Hennessy received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Miami, and got her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She works with athletes of all ages and skill levels from a variety of both team and individual sports, including golf, and helps them overcome the mental obstacles that are affecting their athletic performance and preventing them from achieving their goals.

Neale Smith
Neale Smith played professional golf for 10 years, winning 5 tournaments, including the 1992 USPGA Tour Qualifying School and the 1999 MTS Classic on the Canadian Tour. He finished in the top ten 15 times in his career and played the USPGA Tour, Australasian PGA Tour, Canadian Tour, Asian Tour, Von Nida Tour, Golden State Tour, and Tommy Armour Tour. With a Masters in Sports Psychology, he works as a Performance Enhancement Consultant for Tour pros, amateur, college and junior golfers, and athletes from other sports. Among the players he has coached are Ricky Barnes, Marc Leishman, Colt Knost, Hunter Mahan and Jason Day. He was named among Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golf Psychologists in 2013.

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Renegade Golf
Renegade Golf is owned by Stephen Ladd and Bill Gladwell and is part of their parent company, The Human Form Fitness LLC. Renegade Mental Golf is a coaching system that attacks golfers’ mental roadblocks and gets them into peak performance form using self-hypnosis, NLP, relaxation and mental focus. Based in Columbus, OH.

Seattle Sport Psychology
Seattle Sport Psychology is a clinical sport psychology practice that works with current and former athletes and coaches on performance-related concerns and life issues outside of sport. Areas of focus include performance anxiety, perfectionism, handling success, improving confidence, increasing focus and concentration, dealing with injuries, managing pressure and expectations, and post-sports career issues. Based in Bellevue, WA. was established in 2002 and offers more than 175 high-quality self-hypnosis recordings designed to target a range of issues. The recordings use advanced hypnotherapy and NLP techniques and are carefully scripted and voiced by professional hypnotherapists who have a combined 75+ years of experience in hypnotherapy. Their “Great Golf” CD and MP3 download is designed to help golfers develop relaxation skills that can significantly improve their game.

Sport Excellence
Sport Excellence is a UK-based group that offers sports psychology support to athletes and coaches. Their Golf Psychology Blog covers topics such as dealing with nerves before competing, staying in the present, and transferring your game from the practice ground to the course. They also host a podcast called “Demystifying Mental Toughness”. Based in Tyne and Wear, UK.

Sport Psychology Movement Institute
The Sport Psychology Movement Institute (SPMI) is a mental toughness training company for athletes of all ages and skill levels. SPMI trains athletes to develop a champion’s mindset while learning mental toughness skills to succeed in every competitive situation. SPMI works with over 50 different sports in 4 locations in South Florida. They also provide 1-on-1 online mental training for athletes from anywhere in the world and group training sessions for teams, schools and academies. Based in Aventura, Coconut Grove, Doral and Pembroke Pines, FL. is the website of Dr Victor Thompson, a Clinical Sports Psychologist based in London. An accomplished athlete himself, he has worked with athletes of all ages and skill levels for more than 10 years. He helps golfers develop the mental skills they need to improve their golf as well as overcoming more complex sports-related issues like low mood/depression, slumps and injuries. He is available for face-to-face consultations as well as remotely via Skype and other platforms.

Sports Psychology Golf
Sports Psychology Golf offers custom mental golf coaching with Dr. Patrick Cohn in Orlando, FL, or from anywhere in the world via phone, Skype, or video conferencing. Dr. Cohn has helped golfers of all levels win, including junior and collegiate players as well as mini-tour, Canadian Tour, PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players. He is the author of The Golfer’s Mental Edge CD program, Going Low, Peak Performance Golf, The Mental Game of Golf, and The Mental Art of Putting.

Steve G. Jones
Steve G. Jones, Clinical Hypnotherapist, has created the Winning Golf self-hypnosis programme to help golfers overcome all obstacles between them and a winning golf game. The programme is designed to remove stress and anxiety, help golfers to envision themselves in a winning position, and increase confidence in their own innate abilities.

Texas Center For Sport Psychology
The Texas Center For Sport Psychology was founded by Dr. Julie L. Wiernik in 2010. Dr. Wiernik specializes in clinical and sport psychology and works with athletes at all levels to help them reach optimal performance. She provides a variety of services for athletes including individual training, performance consulting, team/group building and workshops for coaches. Based in San Antonio, TX.

The Golf Psychologist
The Golf Psychologist is a UK website offering individual coaching to elite and recreational golfers as well as group sessions. Coaching is provided in-person and online. Topics covered include individual performance enhancement, mental training exercises, biofeedback, injury support and coach development. Based in Cambridge, UK.

The Golf Psychology Podcast
The Golf Psychology Podcast is hosted by Mental Golf Game Expert Dr. Patrick Cohn at Dr. Cohn answers listeners’ questions and discusses ways for golfers of all levels, from weekend amateurs to Tour players, to improve their mental game using strategies he has developed over the last 20 years of his career.

The Martin Effect
Martin Perry has studied the secrets of confidence for the last 24 years and his personal coaching, books and workshops have helped many people take their confidence to another level. In 2013 he helped Colin Montgomerie take the Senior Masters Title at Woburn, followed by victory in the US Senior Open. He can help golfers of all levels develop simple but highly effective strategies to get them playing to the best of their ability.

Winning Edge Sports Psychology
Winning Edge Psychological Services was founded by licensed psychologist Joe Lenac. With a background in clinical and sport psychology he works with individuals, teams, coaches, athletic departments and organizations. Sessions can be arranged in-person as well as via phone, teleconferencing and email. Based in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Joseph Parent is an expert in Performance Psychology and has coached the mental game of golf for over 40 years. Dr. Parent has worked with major champions, other top golf professionals, and amateurs at every level. He coached Vijay Singh and Cristie Kerr to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings and was named by Golf Digest as one of their “Top 10 Golf Psychologists”. He offers individual and small group coaching, as well as clinics and events, and is also available for remote coaching.

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