• Rick Sessinghaus Named Top Golf Instructor in Los Angeles Area by Southern California PGA!

    Finally a golf academy that addresses all aspects of a golfer: mental, physical, and swing. Golf is a challenging game and so many golfers are frustrated with their performance. Golfers have struggled to find ways to be consistent through traditional golf instruction or buying the latest driver. Peak performance in golf is the ability to integrate your mind, body, and swing to shoot lower scores and enjoy the game more.

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Rick Sessinghaus Named Top 30 Instructors in America by Golf Tips Magazine for 2014-2015 and named 2008 Southern California PGA Metro Teacher of the Year!

To book a lesson please call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here.

Rick Sessinghaus, Psy.D, PGA

Rick Sessinghaus is known as “Golf’s Mental Coach”. He is the expert on the mindset principles that make or break performance on and off the course. His coaching has helped top junior, collegiate, and professional golfers reach new levels of performance. He is an Instructional Editor for Golf Tips magazine and can be seen on Fox Sports Network as a mental game contributor. Rick’s book Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game has been featured in national golf magazines and used by leading golf instructors across the country as the “best resource to improve your mental game.”

Rick’s teaching philosophy revolves around his Mind-Body-Swing performance system. Every golfer is evaluated on his or her mental skill, physical fitness level, and technical skills to uncover the best path for improvement. Rick is an expert in all the performance factors that golfers need to reach their goals.

As a sought after speaker and trainer to those companies looking to improve the key skills of motivation, focus, confidence, and execution, Rick’s Take AIM system for mastering the mental game skills has been used in his unique business training format. Rick uses golf as the metaphor for improving business performance.

As a former professional golfer, Rick has now found more satisfaction helping others achieve their dreams than he did in his own competitive career. Long intrigued by the fact that physical skills were rarely the determining factor in athletic success, he studied the mental and emotional skills that make or break a performance. Adding to his Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications, Rick received his Masters and Doctorate Degree in Applied Sports Psychology.

As he continues to enrich the quality of people’s lives through his proven performance enhancement system, Rick is constantly researching the latest scientific findings pertinent to achievement in golf and life. He lives with his beautiful wife Kathy and daughters Grace and Katy, and son Grant in Burbank, CA.

  • Member of the PGA (Professional Golfers Association of America)
  • Certified Golf Fitness Trainer with TPI (Titleist Performance Institute
  • Advisory Staff Member for Wilson Staff Co.
  • Certified Master Trainer of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • Mental Game Certified Professional
  • Trained to administer/evaluate the Athlete Assessment DISC
  • 2008 Southern California PGA Metro Teacher of the Year
  • Named Golf Tips Magazine Top 25 Instructors in America

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Rick Sessinghaus named Top 25 Instructors by Golf Tips Magazine and named Southern California PGA Metro Chapter Teacher of the Year

Isn’t it time to finally reach your golf goals? Rick has developed a program for you to make that a reality. If your goal is to improve by 3 shots or to play on the PGA Tour Rick has the experience and knowledge to shorten your learning curve and help you achieve more in your game in 3 months then the previous year.

Golf Instruction Programs

Train Like a Pro Program

This is the complete training program to accelerate your golf improvement. This includes everything that Rick Sessinghaus offers:

  • Detailed evaluation of your golf skills
    • Use video to assess fundamentals, swing motion

On course instruction

    • Learn the vital skills of course management
    • Master all the different shots that you face like uneven lies, bunkers, and rough
    • Develop creativity with your short game
    • Mental Game Plan
    • Take the GMAP (Golfers Mental Aptitude Profile)
    • Coaching on the mental game including developing:
      • Focus
      • Confidence
      • Mental Toughness
    • Access to over 50 mental game worksheets
  • Customized Practice Schedule
    • Get more out of your practice sessions
    • Learn to practice in both the training mindset and trusting mindset
    • Email assess to feedback on your practice sessions

This program is not for everyone. It is reserved for those golfers that expect more out of their game and need the best instruction program to push them to the next level. This program takes dedication. You will have access to Rick Sessinghaus via phone and email in between coaching sessions to support you. This program is limited so please contact Rick today if you are ready to train like a pro.

To schedule a meeting to see if this program is right for you please call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here

Monthly Improvement Program

This is the most popular program for golfers who want to get better quickly, but don’t have the time that the Train like a Pro program requires. With the monthly program you will be coached by Rick Sessinghaus in all aspects of his performance system. Rick will use video to assess your skills and work with you to create a plan to achieve your goals. Every month you will take at least 3 lessons with a detailed plan for improvement that will include:

  • Swing drills to correct flaws
  • Exercises to achieve strength, flexibility, balance
  • Mental skill improvement learning pre-shot routine and course strategy
  • Practice plan to get better fast
  • And so much more

Series Improvement Program

This is for the golfer that is challenged by finding time to practice and play yet really wants to get better. This program is a spaced out performance program that includes everything in a monthly program but spread over several months. This program is popular with the golfer that can only practice at home, play on the course once a month, and has limited time to do exercises. Rick condenses his coaching system into a manageable program that includes improvement of mind, body, and swing. Here the golfer uses the lesson time to re-enforce good fundamentals, learn some basic exercises, and develop simple mental game strategies for the course to be at your best.

To schedule a lesson please call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here

Other Programs

VIP Day– This is one-on-one instruction from 8am-4pm.

The full day includes:

  • Complete swing evaluation with video
  • Individualized Mental Game Plan
  • Short game instruction
  • 9 Hole Playing Lesson
  • Lunch with Rick
  • Copy of Rick Sessinghaus’ book Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game

½ Day VIP Day– This is a 4 hour instruction day that includes:

  • Swing evaluation using video
  • Short game instruction
  • 3 Hole Playing lesson to cover the mental game basics
  • Copy of Rick Sessinghaus’ book Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game

To schedule a VIP Day please call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here

Rick can customize a coaching program for you depending on your goals, work ethic, and motivation to improve. Please contact me to customize the best program for you. Rick teaches at Valencia Country Club in Valencia, CA and Scholl Canyon Golf Course in Glendale, CA and serves the surrounding cities such as Pasadena, La Canada, Burbank, and Los Angeles.

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Top Junior Instruction in the Los Angeles Area

Finally a junior golf academy that offers a complete training system to develop junior golfers both on and off the course. Golf teaches many valuable life lessons and that is why coaching young players should include improving all aspects of a junior golfer including:

  • Golf Mechanics- fundamentals to advanced techniques
  • Playing the Game- learning the shots, course management
  • The Mental Skills- focus, confidence, discipline
  • Physical Fitness- balance, posture, flexibility, strength, nutrition
  • Character Development- honesty, respect, leadership

My mission is to:

“Create Junior Champions on and off the golf course”

This means each junior will:

  • Lower his or her scores
  • Enjoy playing
  • Respect the rules and etiquette of the game
  • Thrive under tournament pressure
  • Play for his or her high school golf team
  • Create long term friendships with other junior golfers
  • Be provided with the opportunity to earn a college scholarship
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Deal with adversity

The Rick Sessinghaus Junior Golf Academy offers programs for all juniors no matter what their level of experience. I have taught hundreds of beginners and many nationally tournament winners.

Believe me, there is a program for every junior.

The College Prep Program

This is the ultimate program for the parents looking to fully develop their child’s golf skills with the ultimate goal of playing at the collegiate level. This program is for juniors who currently play regional and national tournaments and are seeking to improve their ranking. This all encompassing program provides your child with a total performance package.

This weekly one on one coaching, includes:

  • Complete assessment of golf skills
    • Video analysis of golf swing
    • Playing lessons to improve course management
    • Short game shots
  • Development of a practice schedule
    • Balance other life responsibilities
    • Maximize practice time
    • Enjoy practice
  • Mental Game Coaching
    • Assessment of junior’s mental skills
    • Mental Game plan to maximize focus, confidence, and mental toughness
    • Tournament Preparation like the pros
    • Playing great under pressure
  • College Recruiting process
    • Work with Rick Sessinghaus’ recruiting expert Chris Berg
    • Create a detailed plan to get noticed by college coaches

To sign up for the College Prep Program call Rick now at 818-843-1004 or click here. This program has limited availability.

Thank you again for your great support of our junior summits.  This year, we had 264 parents and juniors attend these events and we thank you for the invaluable information that you provided to them.  The participants certainly shared the same enthusiasm and feedback on how valuable and appreciated your information was.  We appreciate your willingness to be available and look forward to next year.

Kind Regards, KEVIN GIGAX | Executive Director SCGA FOUNDATION

The Tournament Golfer Program

This program is designed for the competitive golfer who is new to tournament play. This one on one coaching program focuses on developing the advanced playing skills needed to succeed in junior tournaments.

The junior golfer will learn:

  • Shot making techniques such as fades, draws, flop shots, trajectory control, different lies
  • Playing your best in a tournament
    • How to prepare for a tournament
    • What to expect with the different junior tours
  • Introduction to the Mental Game
    • Developing a pre-shot routine
    • Dealing with pressure
    • Building confidence
  • Learn the rules and etiquette
  • Developing a practice plan
  • Introduction to golf fitness
    • Basic exercises to improve balance, strength, and flexibility
    • How to warm-up before a big event


Call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here to sign up

The Rick Sessinghaus Junior Golf Academy serves the cities of Valencia, Glendale, Burbank, La Canada, La Crescenta, Pasadena, and Los Angeles.

Golf's Mental Coach High Res

 Focus-Confidence-Lower Scores

Golf is a challenging game and many golfers are frustrated with their performance. The most overlooked area that will make the biggest difference is the MENTAL GAME of GOLF. Golfers have struggled to find ways to be consistent through traditional golf instruction or buying the latest state of the art driver. Peak performance in golf is the ability to integrate your mind, body, and swing to shoot lower scores and with an increased enjoyment of the game.

What Rick Sessinghaus, “Golf’s Mental Coach” teaches is a system of improvement that integrates these three factors. The psychology of golf has become more accepted as a way to lower scores, yet so many are still confused about what it is and how to apply it to their game.

Rick utilizes his Take AIM system of improvement.

This consists of:

  • Assessing current goals and challenges for improvement
  • Implementing the skills needed to reach your goals
  • Mastering these skills so you can perform at your best no matter the situation

Here are some of the skills that are learned to reach your goals.

  • Blocking out distractions and focusing on the correct cues on the course
  • Playing with confidence all the time!
  • Staying mentally tough even after poor shots
  • Being prepared to play your best in competition
  • Mastering your swing fundamentals so you can just play golf
  • Understanding how your golf fitness will affect your performance
  • Taking your range game to the golf course
  • Developing a practice schedule that will accelerate your improvements

Rick’s experience includes:

  • Playing at both the collegiate and professional level
  • Member of the PGA
  • Holds a Doctorate in Applied Sports Psychology
  • Mental Game Certified Professional
  • Working with golfers who have won at every level
  • Instructional Editor for Golf Tips Magazine
  • Featured on Fox Sports Network
  • Author of Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game
  • 2008 Southern California PGA Metro Teacher of the Year

“Rick’s insights into the mental game have helped several of my students achieve their goals. He is an expert in sports psychology.”

–Brady Riggs, Top 100 Golf Instructor

Focus Band Training


The FocusBand measures your arousal state while performing a swing routine and is able to measure and highlight to the golfer areas that are causing mental blockages. As the mental coach I can now apply drills to ensure the golfer is now free of mental chatter and is able to Focus and swing with minimal anxiety and tension.When you start a motor pattern from the same arousal level as when it was practiced, the motor pattern will be able to be retrieved and executed with accuracy and consistency. The mind/brain controls the body movements so when there is a problem in the golf swing these scenarios need to be investigated:

Brain was not given a clear enough picture of the intent.

Neural system was not able to pass the message on to the muscles due not knowing the pathway to the intended muscles and/or it took too long to get the message to the muscles

Muscles were not physically able to perform the motion due to poor conditioning or they were given the incorrect instructions

Introduction to Mental Game Coaching

Listen to this 12 minute introduction to golf’s mental game
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To schedule a Mental Game coaching session call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here.

With my extensive background in athletics, I know what the difference is between being the best and just being another competitor. Athletic competition requires the mental and emotional skills to play at one’s best. With my coaching, a golfer will improve in the following areas:

  • Sustaining motivation
  • Focusing despite distractions
  • Controlling emotions
  • Preparing for competition
  • Performing well under the most extreme pressure
  • Becoming mentally tough even when obstacles arise
  • Develop winning routines
  • Identifying the beliefs and attitudes that hinder your performance.
  • Shattering the mental obstacles to break through your performance barriers.
  • Mastering proven mental strategies to give your performance a boost!

With improved mental and emotional skills you will:

  • Shoot lower scores
  • Play great in tournaments
  • Be prepared for any situation
  • Enjoy the game more
  • Achieve your golf goals

What you get:

  • A personalized performance assessment (GMAP) to find out your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Assessment of current skills, goals, and challenges
  • Weekly coaching sessions by telephone (Four 60 minute coaching sessions per month) with “Golf’s Mental Coach”, Rick Sessinghaus
  • Custom mental game lesson plans sent to you via email or fax

Sport Psychology Customized Coaching Options:

  • In person hands on training with Rick Sessinghaus at Scholl Canyon Golf Course  in Glendale, CA
  • Full day immersion program- applying the mental game on the course
  • One-on-One competition coaching at your location
  • Ongoing monthly support coaching to include 4 sessions per month
  • Customize your own onsite or coaching program
  • Customized workshops available for sports teams

Contact Rick NOW!

Athlete Assessments’ behavioral profiles are all about understanding the drivers of coaches, athletes and sports professionals. The AthleteDISC, CoachDISC and ManagerDISC profiles use proven profiling techniques and based on decades of behavioral research and many years of top level sporting experience. After completing your questionnaire, which takes just 7-10 minutes, you receive an in depth 44-page personalized report. Your report analyzes your personal style, strengths and limitations and gives you tools and strategies you can start using straight away.

Assessment and one coaching call 818-843-1004

“I feel so honored to have Rick on “my team”. My entire game has improved since we have been working together, he has given me the tools to stay in the present and focus on the process instead of the outcomes. I would not be where I am today without him, and look forward to seeing what we can do in the future!”

Krystal Shearer, 2007 California Women’s Open Champion

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need mental game coaching? Ask yourself the following.

  • Do I perform better in practice than in competition?
  • Have I lost confidence?
  • Do I lose control of my emotions?
  • Am I easily distracted in competition?
  • Has my performance has hit a plateau?

If you answered yes then contact Rick today to take your mental skills to the next level.

Here are other questions that prospective clients have asked.

Does Rick work with teams?
Yes, Rick takes his message to teams looking to raise their level of performance.

Why should I work with Rick?
Rick has the unique background of being a competitive athlete and educated in cutting edge performance techniques. He gets results, quickly.

Does Rick work with athletes in all sports?
Rick’s system is applied to all sports. The same performance principles apply to all athletes.

What level of athlete does Rick work with?
Rick works with all level from novices to professionals.

Does Rick work with children?
Yes, several of Rick’s clients have been children from the age of 10-17.

Do these principles help business professionals?
Yes, Rick has coached several executives on how to perform under pressure through his corporate trainings and customized events.

Does Rick work with golfers outside the Los Angeles Area?
Yes, Rick works with golfers from all areas of the country. Mental game coaching can be accomplished over the phone and through email.

“About a year ago I was having many problems focusing throughout the pattern and controlling my nerves. Rick and I came up with different ways to refocus my thoughts on the good and positive aspects of riding. Through visualization and confidence Rick helped me achieve my goal of becoming a top ten rider in the world and number one in the Pacific Coast. Thank you Rick for all your help.”

Rebecca Murray, Top 10 Nationally Equestrian

To book a mental game coaching session call Rick at 818-843-1004 or click here.

Seminars and Corporate Events

Rick Sessinghaus brings his proven mental game coaching to groups through interactive group seminars. Rick has presented to groups across the country to both serious golfers and businesses interested in improving performance through using golf as the metaphor. These seminars provide a great way to learn the performance principles of champions and apply them that day on the course.

Rick Sessinghaus golf performance seminar topics include:

  • Mind-Body-Swing
    • Learn the fundamentals of the 3 performance factors to play great golf
  • Practice Like a Pro
    • Map out the exact plan to reach your golf goals
  • The Mindset of Tiger Woods– being at your best when it matters most
    • Learn the mental game techniques of the best to thrive under pressure
  • The Focused Golfer- Blocking out distractions to play your best
    • Learn to concentrate using the Focus Funnel to play any shot
  • The Competitive Golfer– doing what it takes to win your next event
    • Use the same system the pros use to prepare for big events
  • The Junior Golfer– Creating Champions on and off the Golf Course
    • Learn the keys to improve performance, develop character, and achieve the goal of a college scholarship


Thank you again for your great support of our junior summits.  This year, we had 264 parents and juniors attend these events and we thank you for the invaluable information that you provided to them. The participants certainly shared the same enthusiasm and feedback on how valuable and appreciated your information was.  We appreciate your willingness to be available and look forward to next year. 

Kind Regards,


Workshops – Business Zone Workshop

Take AIM for Optimal Performance (Assess, Implement, Master)

Success in the high pressure, competitive environment of the business world means you must discover YOUR ZONE.

Finding your zone starts with mastering your inner game fundamentals so that you can take control of your destiny.

Sign up for this interactive, hands-on workshop that allows you to align your inner game fundamentals with your business skills. These skills are taught in a boardroom environment…and then experienced on the golf course. Each attendee is shown the three core skills that lay the foundation for their success as a leader. They learn the AIM Process…

  • How to Assess performance (so they can self-correct as necessary)
  • How to Implement and follow through on idea’s and projects (so things get accomplished)
  • How to Master skills (so acting like a champion becomes second-nature)

Walk away from this workshop with clarified motivation and the skills needed to take your company to the next level!

Knowledge is only as powerful as its application. With this workshop you apply the principles immediately to experience the benefits.

Click here to discover the best program for your company.

Book Your Workshop Today! and make your next meeting a success.

What makes Rick Sessinghaus different as a professional speaker?

Rick’s energy is second to none. His background as a professional athlete and successful entrepreneur has given him a unique understanding of all the factors that contribute to performance. Rick’s high energy presentation is engaging and provides informative content. Every presentation is customized to meet the needs of the audience. Rick’s contemporary style utilizes research-based techniques to connect with his audience and a spark desire for change.

Rick’s insight synthesizes information from several different disciplines for the optimal success of his clients. Those who apply Rick’s proven techniques find an amazing increase in their productivity and motivation. Rick’s timely principles will assist you in cultivating the champion within yourself and build champions out of those you lead.

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Keynote Topics:

Finding Your Business Zone – master the business fundamentals and the mindset of peak performers.

Finding Your Business Zone: The Golf Workshop – experience Rick’s presentation in a unique workshop that involves playing golf to learn the keys to peak performance.

Take AIM to Optimal Performance: Overcoming Stress to Be at Your Best – utilize the latest in performance psychology to enhance performance in an increasingly stressful society.

Clark Kent vs. Superman: How are you showing up – improve leadership and teamwork through the understanding of the identity of a leader.

Enough is Enough: When the time to change is NOW! – learn how to embrace constant change and come out on top.

The Psychology of Optimal Health: Change your mindset to change your health – learn the performance principles that will increase energy, boost productivity, and maintain peak health from the inside out.

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I feel so honored to have Rick on "my team". My entire game has improved since we have been working together, he has given me the tools to stay in the present and focus on the process instead of the outcomes. I would not be where I am today without him, and look forward to seeing what we can do in the future!
Krystal Shearer, 2007 California Women's Open Champion
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