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#HelpMeGolfDigest: Dr. Michael Lardon changes how you think about your game

September 16, 2014

When Phil Mickelson was looking for a way to get over his crushing loss at the 2013 U.S. Open, he went to mental performance coach Dr. Michael Lardon for help. A month later, Mickelson went to Muirfield and won the Claret Jug for the first time.

Lardon has been helping PGA Tour stars, NFL players, mixed martial artists and Olympic gold medalists for more than 20 years. His new book, Mastering Golf's Mental Game -- excerpted in the August issue -- reveals the strategies he uses on tour and shows average players how to use a mental scorecard to evaluate and improve the way they think about the game.

This week, Dr. Lardon helps you tackle some of your most nagging mental game issues as a part of our regular #HelpMeGolfDigest series. You're not alone -- and your golf neuroses are probably easier to fix than you think.

Reader Stephen Elwes was one of dozens who asked about the same problem -- getting the pre-round jitters before an important event.

Another popular subject was the feeling of being overwhelmed by technical swing thoughts.

By far the most questions came from people with problems similar to Jim O'Shea's and Jacob Thompson's -- getting past a bad (or good) hole.