KOHR Blog Posts - 2024 - MASSGOLF


As part of a strategic partnership, Mass Golf and KOHR Golf are excited to provide resources to junior members of Mass Golf as well as parents and guardians of juniors interested in the game. This page will be regularly updated with new blog posts each month.

Exclusive content below has been created by KOHR’s team of professionals that center around mental preparedness, fitness, and golf skill improvement.

Online: KOHR Game Improvement Resource Center

Managing Expectations for a Better Golf Experience (June 2024)

Think back to your last round of golf. What stands out the most? For a few, it might be a perfect tee shot or a long birdie putt. But for many, it’s likely the chunked wedge or the three-putt bogey.

Golfers often say things like, “I left a few shots out there” or “I could have shot a 75, but…”. These comments usually stem from two common mistakes: dwelling on errors and having unrealistic expectations. By managing our expectations, we can enjoy the game more and potentially play better.

Negative Thoughts Dominate

Our tendency to focus on the negatives isn’t entirely our fault. According to a study by Elizabeth A. Kensinger, negative emotions enhance memory formation more than positive ones. This means our bad shots are more vivid and easier to recall. Thus, managing expectations is crucial for a balanced emotional response.

What Constitutes a Good Shot?

To redefine what a good golf shot is, let’s rely on data:

  1. Scratch golfers make just over 40% of eight-foot putts.
  2. PGA Tour players average a proximity of 16.5 feet from 60 yards and 19 feet from 100 yards.
  3. Driver dispersion on the PGA Tour is 65 yards left-to-right, with fairways averaging just over 30 yards wide.
  4. Scratch golfers average 1.5 birdies per round.

These stats might surprise you and help reset your expectations. TV broadcasts only show the best shots, skewing our perception of what’s normal.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Understanding these statistics helps us realize that many of our shots are average or better, deserving celebration rather than frustration. By aligning our expectations with reality, we can enjoy our rounds more and improve our performance. Positive and neutral emotions enhance our ability to handle adversity, leading to more fun and lower scores.

For more insights, explore works by experts like Mark Brodie, Lou Stagner, and Scott Fawcett. The better you understand the game, the more you can appreciate your own play and enjoy every round.

OR get more ‘Positive’ on the course by reaching out to myself or Iain Highfield. We can help you with your mental game for golf with small but effective interventions like a good shot journal.

Have fun out there ‘coach Brandon’.

Long-Term Life Goals: The Path to Personal Fulfillment (May 2024)

In the journey of life, setting long-term goals is akin to charting a course for a meaningful and fulfilling voyage. These goals act as beacons, guiding us through the complexities of life’s choices and challenges. To understand and effectively set long-term goals, it’s crucial to comprehend the concepts of outcome and process goals, as well as the dual forces of internal and external motivation.

Outcome Goals: The “What” of Aspirations

Outcome goals are the tangible, concrete objectives we aim to achieve in the long run. These are often the “what” of our aspirations – buying a house, attaining a certain position in a career, or achieving financial independence. They are the milestones that are easily quantifiable and often socially recognized.

However, outcome goals, while clear and motivating, depend significantly on external factors that may not always be in our control. This uncertainty necessitates the balance of outcome goals with process goals and a deep understanding of our motivations.

Process Goals: The “How” of Achieving Dreams

Process goals, on the other hand, are about the journey, the “how” of achieving our dreams. They involve the daily, weekly, or monthly steps we take to reach our outcome goals. This could include developing specific skills, building networks, or adopting healthy habits.

The beauty of process goals lies in their controllability. Unlike outcome goals, they are less dependent on external circumstances and more on personal efforts and persistence. By focusing on process goals, we create a roadmap that guides us towards our outcome goals, making the journey more manageable and less daunting.

Internal vs External Motivation: The “Why” Behind Goals

The driving force behind our goals can be broadly categorized into internal and external motivation. Internal motivation comes from within – it’s driven by personal values, interests, and desires for self-fulfillment. Pursuing a career because you love the work or striving to learn a new language for personal enrichment are examples of internal motivation.

External motivation, in contrast, is driven by external factors – societal expectations, rewards, recognition, or pressure. This includes pursuing a high-paying job primarily for financial security or societal status.

While both forms of motivation are valid and often intertwined, a sustainable and fulfilling goal-setting approach ideally finds a balance between the two. Over-reliance on external motivation can lead to a lack of fulfillment, burnout and dropout if those external rewards are delayed or not met. Internal motivation, rooted in personal values and passions, often leads to greater satisfaction and resilience in the face of challenges. At KOHR golf we attempt to educate and inspire students to begin to connect with their external goals for this very reason.

Integrating Outcome, Process Goals, and Motivation

The most effective long-term goal setting involves integrating outcome and process goals, fueled by a blend of internal and external motivation. This holistic approach ensures that while we strive for tangible achievements, we also find joy and fulfillment in the everyday process of working towards these goals.

For example, if your outcome goal is to become a successful entrepreneur, your process goals might include developing business skills, networking, and learning about your industry. The motivation could be a mix of internal drive (passion for your field, desire for personal growth) and external factors (financial success, recognition).


Long-term life goals are not just about the destination but also about the journey. By understanding and balancing outcome and process goals, and recognizing the sources of our motivation, we can set a course for a life that is not only successful by external standards but also deeply fulfilling on a personal level. Remember, the most rewarding goals are those that resonate with both our inner desires and the realities of the world we live in.

Mastering the Greens: Setting short- and medium-term golf related goals for Junior Golfers (April 2024)

Often perceived as a sport of precision and patience, golf offers more than just the satisfaction of a well-struck drive or a perfectly read putt. For junior golfers, especially those at a golf academy, the journey through the sport involves a meticulous blend of outcome, performance, and process goals. Understanding and integrating these goals is essential for their growth, both on and off the course.

Outcome Goals: Eyeing the Prize

Outcome goals are the most visible and celebrated aspect of any sport. For junior golfers, these revolve around winning tournaments, achieving a certain rank, or getting selected for a higher-level competition. While these goals are important, they are, by nature, focused on end results that are often beyond the immediate control of the player. For instance, a junior golfer might aim to win a regional championship or earn a spot on a national-level junior team.

It’s crucial, however, to balance outcome goals with the understanding that golf is unpredictable, and many external factors can influence these results. Therefore, while setting these goals, it is vital to emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, dealing with both success and failure gracefully, and understanding that outcome goals are milestones in a much longer journey.

Performance Goals: Measuring Personal Bests

Performance goals, on the other hand, are more individualized and focus on improving personal statistics or skills. These are critical in a junior golfer’s development as they shift the focus from external outcomes to personal growth. Performance goals can include improving the driving distance, increasing the putting accuracy, or lowering the handicap.

On the other hand, performance goals are more individualized and focus on improving personal statistics or skills. These are critical in a junior golfer’s development as they shift the focus from external outcomes to personal growth. Performance goals can include improving the driving distance, increasing the putting accuracy, or lowering the handicap.

By setting performance goals, junior golfers can track their progress in a tangible way. These goals offer a clear path for improvement and are mainly within the golfer’s control. For example, a junior golfer might set a performance goal to consistently hit over 60% of greens in regulation over a season or to reduce their average number of putts per round. Some of our more advanced students will be given a stats program to utilize performance goals to a higher level with more effective data points.

Process Goals: Building the Foundation

Arguably, the most important, yet often overlooked, are process goals. These goals focus on the specific actions and behaviors that underpin performance and outcome achievements. Process goals in golf might include:

  • Maintaining a consistent pre-shot routine.
  • Adhering to a structured practice schedule.
  • Working on mental resilience.

For a junior golfer, process goals lay the foundation for long-term development. Unlike outcome and performance goals, process goals are entirely within the player’s control and can be practiced and perfected regardless of external conditions or competition. A process-orientated child is likely to be happier and more relaxed, ironically an outcome all parents desire for their children.

Integrating Goals in the Academy Curriculum

At KOHR Golf Academy, the key to success lies in a holistic approach to goal setting, as coaches guide young golfers to set goals beyond outcomes. While outcome goals can contribute to motivation, and performance goals track their progress, it’s the process goals that build the habits and skills necessary for long-term success in the sport and beyond.

Moreover, integrating these goals into the academy’s curriculum can foster a positive and growth-oriented environment. Regular assessments, personalized coaching plans, and an emphasis on incremental improvement can help junior golfers see the value in every shot they take, every round they play, and every tournament they compete in.


The journey of a junior golfer is much more than just chasing trophies. It’s about setting goals that shape a well-rounded, resilient, and skilled athlete. By balancing outcome, performance, and process goals, a junior golf academy not only prepares its students for the challenges of the sport but also instills life lessons of dedication, persistence, and personal excellence. The greens and fairways are not just playing fields; they are classrooms where the next generation of golfers learns to aim high, measure progress, and cherish the process.

Elevating Junior Golfers to Elite Levels (March 2024)

The Role of Psychological Skills in Talent Development


In the realm of junior golf, talent is often viewed as a blend of natural ability and physical prowess. However, at KOHR Golf Academy, we embrace a broader perspective. We recognize that the journey to becoming a college golfer encompasses physical skills and a strong mental game. This blog post delves into the 9 essential Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence (PCDEs) that are the building blocks that support promising young golfers becoming college commits.

Commitment: The Cornerstone of Success

Commitment in golf means more than just regular practice. It’s about a dedicated mindset, where young athletes are willing to prioritize their training and make sacrifices. This commitment separates those who play golf and those who excel at it.

Coping with Pressure: Staying Cool Under Par

Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Our academy focuses on teaching juniors how to maintain their composure, especially in high-pressure situations like tournaments. Coping strategies ensure that our young golfers can deal with adversity and deliver their best shots when the stakes are high.

Focus and Distraction Control: The Art of Concentration

A key skill we nurture is the ability to focus amidst the myriad distractions on the course. Learning to control distractions helps our junior golfers stay centered on every swing, whether it’s the crowd, weather, or competition.

Goal-Setting: Charting the Course to Success

We encourage our young athletes to set clear goals in a structured fashion. This practice keeps them motivated and provides a roadmap for their development, helping them remain motivated and relaxed on their golfing journey.

Imagery: Visualizing Victory

Mental visualization is a powerful tool. Our juniors enhance their confidence and readiness for actual play by imagining themselves dealing with adversity and picturing success. It’s about seeing success before it happens.

Planning and Organizational Skills: Strategic Play

Golf is a game of strategy. Our training includes helping golfers plan their training schedules effectively, manage their time, and approach each game with a tactical mindset.

Quality Practice: Beyond the Driving Range

At our academy, practice is not just about quantity; it’s about quality. We emphasize deliberate practice – focused, purposeful, and designed to improve specific aspects of their game. The goal of golf practice is not to get hold of a feeling and keep it; it’s to lose the feeling and learn to recall it.

Realistic Performance Evaluations: Understanding One’s Game

Self-assessment is crucial. We teach our juniors to analyze their performance objectively, celebrate their strengths, and recognize areas for growth.

Self-Awareness: Knowing the Golfer Within

Understanding one’s mental and emotional state is crucial in golf. Our coaching includes helping young golfers understand their thoughts and feelings and how these impact their performance.

Conclusion: PDCE’s the foundation to habits of excellence

At KOHR Golf Academy, we believe in nurturing well-rounded athletes. By integrating these psychological skills into our training regime, we aim not just to develop elite golfers but also resilient, adaptable individuals who are prepared for the challenges of competitive sports.

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Junior Golf Open House

KOHR Golf will be hosting junior golf open houses in May and June where Juniors can try out the KOHR Academy programming for FREE!

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