Jun 12 • 31M

Golf Performance Routines w/ Dr. Harry van der Lei (Part 1)

Optimizing Golf Performance: Leveraging the Hourglass Performance Model

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Noah Sachs, Ed.D., CMPC, PGA
Noah Sachs explores topics related to coaching and elite sports performance. Through interviews, books, and personal experiences, Noah shares ideas and discusses concepts that can help coaches and athletes perform at the highest level.
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Maintaining Objectivity

Don't become a fan of your golfer. Don't get emotionally overloaded with your golfer. The golfer should use you as somebody that they can rely on that is emotionally in control.


Managing Stress

Stress is good. Without any stress, we would die. With too much stress, we would die. Stress is okay, but it needs to be manageable.


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1:26 — Academic & Professional Background

10:01 — Hourglass Performance Model

16:20 — Athletic Performance Philosophy

19:26 — Performance Slumps & Performance Routines

24:08 — Managing Performance Stress

29:05 — Matt Kuchar & Tiger Woods’ Routines


Hourglass Performance Institute

About Dr. Harry van der Lei

Harry van der Lei was born in Groningen, Holland. He graduated in 1989 from the College of Physical Therapy in Holland and moved to the United States where he specialized in Sports Rehabilitation.

He earned a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science, majoring in Sport Psychology, from the University of Utah in 2003. While at U of U, Harry worked as a sport physical therapist for the US Speed Skating Association.

Harry received a doctoral degree with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Florida State University where he served as a mental performance consultant for the Florida State University Men’s and Women’ Golf Program from 2003-2018.

Harry has worked as a sport physical therapist and as a mental performance expert with a wide variety of athletes, from amateurs to numerous world champions and Olympic gold winners. Currently, as a mental performance consultant, Harry specializes in golf performance and stress management.

As an athlete himself, Harry played amateur soccer in Holland, semi-professional soccer for the Orlando Lions in Florida, holds a black belt in Taekwondo, and has run several half and full marathons. Harry is a certified member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) with a specialization in stress management. He also serves as a reviewer for the journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

In general, Harry strives to help and teach others the principles of optimal performance, health, and well-being, while emphasizing the awareness of breathing in life!