The psychologists focus most of their work with the coach more than with the golfer; it is through them where the concepts arrive at the players. So the sports psychologist is an assistant to the coach. Psychologists have to collaborate with the coach because they can get to the player through them.
The coach must know that the psychologist is a collaborator, otherwise the psychologist will be perceived as an invader. The professional should show patience, understanding and accept that their job is indirect. Therefore it will only be valued in the long term.
The psychologist must help the coach to detect the de mental state of the players before, during and after the competition.
The connection between the players and the coach is central, reason why the coach should let the psychologist to strengthen this relationship. The psychologist promotes the construction of a relationship of trust between the coach and their players to make them encourage the players.
Although the development of confidence in a team is a coach´s job, the psychologist must know the motivational system of each player to understand how to motivate the players.
The message of the psychologist has to be aligned with the message of the coach. Contrarily it won’t make sense to the players and breaks things that are well done or working well.
The psychologist has set an example for the coach of clear communication, patience, perseverance, tolerance, sense of self-criticism and acceptance of criticism.
The psychologist helps the coach to face his fears to the results. Otherwise the coach could transmit these ones to the player; ruin the sportsman’s working progress.
The coach’s mind has a huge impact on the players. His main role is to bring the best out of them. Trust is the most efficient way to demand something from someone.
The coach has to recognize the need of working on the mental aspects professionally, allowing the specialist to give the assessment required. The rejection of psychological help is reflected in the results because when the game is understood, the players work with more determination.
The most common error of the sports psychologists is to give opinions about technical details when they have not built a closed relationship with the trainer. Once they have a private relationship, the psychologist can assess about the sports aspects with a psychological perspective about the strategies, rules, the game system and the tactics.
It is not necessary for the psychologists to have practiced this sport to make their professional contribution. Nevertheless, in case of having practiced such sport, the psychologist could take advantage of it. This way he could understand and empathize better what´s going on the player´s and trainer´s mind.