SGA organized a Rules and Sports Psychology workshop for its Elite (ES) and Development Squad (DS) members to refresh their knowledge of the Rules of Golf and provide an understanding on how sports psychology can improve their golf performance. This is the second workshop conducted this year by SGA for its squad members, the first being a workshop on sports injuries in April.
Conducted at the Sports Singapore Institute on 29 July 2017, 27 ES and DS members together with some of their parents attended the workshop organized by Mr Jerome Ng, High Performance Manager of the SGA. Also in attendance at the workshop were Mr. CS Kong, Vice President and Ms Lyn Sen, Executive Board member of SGA.
The Rules part of the workshop was conducted by Mr. KP Ling and Ms Joyce Lam, both very experienced SGA referees that regularly officiate at our local tournaments. Based on the level of interaction and dialogue between the audience and Mr. Ling and Ms Lam, rules decisions were very close to the hearts of the squad members with many bringing up questions relating to rules issues based on their previous competition experiences here and abroad. Mr. Ling and Ms Lam provided many practical tips on how our squad players could benefit from basic knowledge of the Rules.
After a short break, the second part of the Workshop was on sports psychology which was conducted by Mr. Joshua Chua of Sports Singapore. Mr. Chua organized his talk in a very clear fashion and shared on how to manage expectations, conduct pre-competition routines and improve mental recovery. Mr. Chua made his talk interactive by starting his talk with a game that illustrated how expectations could affect performance and kept the talk lively with illustrations from Jordan Speith’s pre-round routine and demonstrating imagery and breathing techniques.
All in all, the talks emphasized that the development of elite players are multi-faceted and talks like these help to fill in the knowledge gaps that surely will help our ES and DS players improve.
Article contributed by: Mr Kuk Hun Yi – SGA Marcom Sub-committee