Case Study On Learning & Performance

Situation Faced:

Middle aged male, member of several private golf clubs – reaches out in desperation to Joe Bosco, after having spent the past several years taking instruction from several other well known Teaching Pro’s both in Chicago & New Jersey. The player declares that he is “about to quit the game,” because the more lessons and practice he has put in – the worse he plays. He is truly frustrated and is considering quitting all three clubs. (All three clubs have or do host PGA Tour Championships – two have hosted Majors).

It is important to note that this earnest gentleman had played NCAA D-1 Collegiate golf at North Carolina for four years.

In the initial interview-discussion Joe conducts, the student is asked a series of specific questions to reveal his true concerns: Scared to death of all pitching and short game shots – he stated, “Im pretty certain I have the “chipping yips!” And the overall weakness and poor quality of my irons and putting is also really frustrating.”


Performance Coaching incite: Joe Bosco uses his proprietary Consultative Coaching

Approach Conversation to reveal a deep understanding through experience of the brain/mind/mind connections and processes as they related to mental-motor performance: What a mind describes about what it thinks it does, should do and is concerned with are DIRECTLY related to what the person demonstrates in context situations: These context situation levels are defined by Joe:

  1. Non-context, non-consequence performance (lesson tee, practice areas)
  2. Simulated Context and Consequence performance (golf course)
  3. Low Level Context and Consequence performance (in non-competitive play)
  4. Competitive Level Context and Consequence performance (competition)

Student is observed first in the non-context/non consequence situations – and reveals his plight: sculled, chunked, largely and alarmingly unskilled movements and a complete mental and emotional frustration.

Student describes all the instructions he has been given to try by the Pro’s he had been previously working with – and Joe Bosco begins to link together how this player has become unraveled and unnerved.

It is critical to understand that ALL skills, at ANY level reside in THE MIND/BRAIN – and that the body is simply the tools used to run the program to achieve the outcome.

Joe organizes a plan with this student that begins with the need to understand what are true causative factors in this players’s misplayed shots. Most players and teachers address the physical technique issues – which is treating the symptoms and not the cause. It became clear to Joe that this was the approach used by the previous teachers and this player.

And it was only contributing to both execution failures and emotional and self-image deterioration.

Corrective Coaching Actions Taken:

Joe Bosco understands that genuine context corrections are VITAL to the students framework for learning and performance. Therefore, he decides to leave the non-context arena of the golf range – and head to the golf course and a golf hole to provide the player with much more meaningful learning environment: actual golf shots from variable lies in the fairway and rough – to a green and target that has the same context, imagery, consequences and “feel” that simulates what student has and will be facing in competitive situations.

Joe Bosco has a highly developed set of mental cues and image driven cadence and timing exercises that he has become highly successful in transmitting to players for immediate use. In working with this player, Joe selects a customized blend of these cue-thoughts and actions that are “so simple – but so complex, simultaneously” (as described by many who have experienced them).

What Joe Bosco knows is this:

Almost every athlete who experiences difficulty in on or any specific aspect of their skill-execution under pressure of context performance has a combination of mental-motor coordination “interruptions” that amount to intentions leading to cross-signals to the brain/mind…and then render the body of the athlete less likely/capable of carrying out the skilled motion-actions when required.

This is significant, KEY knowledge most teachers and coaches lack in understanding. And once it is recognized, it has been largely uncertain as to what to help the athlete/performer to do about it. And so, golf lesson after golf lesson is given and received with hopeful misunderstanding on both the teacher and the student…and at some point, many golfers begin to conclude that they themselves are just not capable of or worthy of the instruction as translated to genuine improvement performance during actual play.

This has in some cases, falsely emboldened prominent Teachers to actually think that their teaching method is NOT the problem – but rather it is the student’s learning and transfer approach or abilities that are flawed. This is an outrage – and has, in the opinion of the author, caused so many golfers to begin to wane on golf improvement – and has affected the attitudes about golf lessons in general.

Joe Bosco’s approach to this formerly highly skilled player has been highlighted by several mental/emotional foundational strategies and tactics, including one he calls: “Pre-Living” as well as agreement with the player to apply Joe’s deep sensory
awareness and Bosco Box Breathing exercise-protocols – that then help the golfer pre-condition themselves for re-learning (in this case, or new learning in other cases of less previously skilled players).

The cycle of frustration and failure must first be broken by learning to shift from habitual emotional judgment reactions — to a much more effective mental – emotional and yes, even physical space of Non-or-less Judgmental Awareness.

This place of “being” is trained by Joe in a variety of proven approaches that must be customized for each individual. Once this new place begins to be reached by the player….REAL GOLF Improvement in ANY mechanical area of shot/stroke making is possible.

The player was then open minded and optimistic and willing to trust, listen and make attempts from safe place that Joe often humorously refers to as: “Can’t be any worse than what you came in with, right?!?”

Short game woes often stem from attempts to do things that are counter to the “form follows the function” approach to the mechanical physics and geometry of the creation of the appropriate delivery of the club head and face to the golf ball and the
grass, ground/turf or sand.

Any change from the players current set-up, and way of wielding the club will most likely feel less comfortable than those they struggled with – but feel is a primary sense for both learning and execution….and so, this must be held as key part of this
improvement process.

Joe Bosco prescribed instructed several Shot routine, set up, rehearsal and movement trigger and motion feel patterns and imageries for this player to apply in the basic short game shot category. After several sessions – both the player and Coach were measuring positive improvements in both process and outcomes!

This “foothold” was steadily increased throughout this players game – to putting and all full swings as well. This player has gone from a mid teens handicap index – down to a 5 index of 6 and “really having so much more fun!”. He has remained at the golf clubs and has broken 80 in competitions and even knocked in an eagle 2’on the famed 18th hole at Pine Valley.

This player has been fed Joe Bosco’s unique brand of REAL performance mental training techniques and cues – including a set of tools known as Fluid Motion Factor Cues.

These mental tactics and cues fit into a players shot routine from a mental routine of what and how to think and when to think…..this has been extremely valuable to this players regaining past skills and confidence as well as helping thins player own more creative and executable new skills during the pressure of. Play!


Joe Bosco Will now implement this training situation with a mind/body feedback device that he has been testing over the last 6 years. This device is worn as a headband and provides the trained expert with real-time feedback about that critical mental-motor states AS THE ATHLETE IS PERFORMING THEIR SPORT ACTIONS (just prior, during and after).

This device, known as the ifocusband, is used by Joe Bosco to monitor the athletes mental state of calm or excitability as well as body and ocular tension – in real time.

Three sensors are used and the feedback is delivered to an application on a smartphone – and also recorded for future analysis.

What this enables the expert trainer and athlete to understand together is the actual process of the “space” that has been up till now only talked about and described through books and articles and discussions with mental coaches and scientists – but not measured in real time in the instruction or game-competitive situations as they occur.

Once Joe Bosco enables this 50 plus year old player to organize and use his mental-motor routines in a different manner – the feedback device will further provide clear insight into how successfully he is able to change his state of mind – and free up his motor-skill application to a much higher, consistent degree!

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Final thoughts:

Joe Bosco knows that there is an inseparable link between the mind and body and emotion of each human being in both the acquisition of and the performance of skills in both sports and any life endeavor: from school, to work, creativity, to business.

Two issues must be understood by a highly trained Coach/Trainer/Teacher in order to BEST help any individual:

  1. What can this performer do NOW with the CURRENT skills they have learned up to this point – to help them utilize these current skills as effectively as possible under pressure?
  2. What can BEST enhance the improvement/learning of skills that are needed for the future – in both the discovery phases of learning and the “practicing” to build the enhanced skills for use?

These two questions, and their answers are what define Joe Bosco and his Performance Consulting and Training Skills.

Jeo Bosco is currently teaching and coaching golfers, athletes, students and business executives who are seeking to realize their true potential. He has written a golf specific book on one aspect of Context-based Learning and Performance titled:

REAL GOLF: Taking Your Best Game to The Course.

  • And has two books underway that are aimed at transforming how coaches, teachers and educators approach facilitating better learning in schools and universities – in the classrooms and the athletic fields of play.
  • The other book speaks directly to the practical formulas and approaches that high-performance business executives and teams can take to significantly increase human capital potential to generate more productive business skills that lead to measurable results and happier people.

Contact Joe Bosco directly via: or email Joe at

The device described in this article, the Focus Band is available through Joe Bosco.

Please contact him for speaking and training presentations where he enables participants to experience both his effective training techniques as well as the focus band technology. Contact Joe to learn how to energize your team – in business or sports!

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