Maintaining Motivation In Performers

The same external and personal factors affect performer's ability to maintain regular involvement in golf from elite players to beginner levels.

The demands of work, study, home life, relationships and competing interests can place a load on an individuals time and energy, so motivation to train and perform regularly can waiver. Being a P.G.A golf professional it is my role to help performers maintain motivation by:

1. Indentifying factors which influence motivation

2. Developing coaching strategies to enhance performers self motivation

There are numerous activities and recreational pursuits available to enjoy in our leisure time, some people choose golf despite the multitudes of options available.

Common motives for sporting participation include:

* Having Fun

* Improving skills- learning new skills

* Being with friends/ making new friends

* Experiencing thrills and excitement

* Succeeding or winning

* becoming fit

Goal Setting

Goal setting is an important component of the coach and performer relationship, the process by which we set agreed targets towards which we can both strive. The following acronym may help you set effective goals.

 

Specific Is the goal stated in specific terms?

Measurable How can the goal achievement be measured?

Acceptable Do you accept the goal

R Is the goal achievable in the available time?

Time - phased By when should the goal be achieved?

Exciting Will the goal achiever be excited by attaining this goal

Recorded Is the goal written down?

Rewards

Rewards come in various shapes and sizes and their effect on motivation can be varied.

Examples of rewards include:

* Trophies

* Publicity

* Satisfaction

* Feeling of Competence

* Money

* Praise

* Enjoyment

* Representative trips

* Friendship

* Medals

* Feeling of accomplishment

* Parental satisfaction

These can be seen as comprising a number of categories

* Tangible rewards can be quantified and are often distinct and observable to others (trophies)

* Non tangible rewards are not given in a material form and tend to be difficult to quantify.

From the perspective of the golfer and the coach, each of these rewards might be associated only with winning or beating other performers.

Clearly winning is an important outcome in itself but it is an outcome which often lies outside the performer's control especially in golf, for however well you perform, someone else may perform better on the day.

Some of these rewards can be achieved without comparison with others ( a sense of personal accomplishment following a personal best performance regardless of where you finished in the field). Roberts 1984 produced research which suggested that some individuals equate accomplishment with being better than others, whilst others strive to master or improve certain skills.

These are referred to as ego versus mastery orientated individuals.

A reward should provide the golfer with the appropriate and useful information that can help improve or reinforce performance.

Information gathered from P.G.A Professional Development Program P.D.P Referred Text: Pyke, Frank S Better Coaching: Advanced Coach's Manual