What Golfers Are Saying

  • “Before working with Seth I doubted in my abilities, I had trouble “moving on” after a poor shot, and would let one or two bad shots dictate the rest of my round. After finishing my five sessions with Seth, I am now able to focus on the task at hand and not worry so much about the outcome. Seth talked a lot about the mental scorecard and “driving it up.” As I continue to drive up my mental scorecard, my scores have gone down. After just a few sessions with Seth I shot a 3-under for 9 holes and a 5-under for 9 holes. My consistency has improved drastically and I have lowered my overall scoring average.”

    Austin Martinson
    Methodist University

  • I missed 5 straight cuts on the eGolf Tour and decided to contact Seth. After just 2 sessions I shot 63, 65, 71 (14-under) at the next Tour event. Now I know I have the talent and ability. I just needed an expert mental coach to maximize the shotmaking skills I have.

    Daniel Stanley
    eGolf Tour Pro

  • “Before I worked with Seth I doubted in my shotmaking abilities, put pressure on myself to get results, and it was hard to “move on” after mistakes. But once I got mentally conditioned I started to go for my shots, trust in my game, and manage myself much better on the course. Now I am ranked in the Top 30 in the state, I consistently shoot in the low 70’s, and will be playing college golf for UNC-Greensboro!”

    James Mishoe IV
    Committed to UNC Greensboro

  • “I had been struggling for awhile but didn’t know how to fix it. I would put pressure on myself and then get frustrated that I wasn’t playing well. I knew I had the ability but I wasn’t getting results on the course and my confidence started to drop. But that all changed once I started working with a mental coach. Seth did an assessment and identified all the things that were holding me back and then put together a plan to allow me to execute with confidence and trust so that I wasn’t over-thinking or putting pressure on myself to play well. In a short period of time my mental game improved and scores went down!”

    Christian Hodge
    Will play at Greensboro College

This site is for junior, collegiate, and professional athletes who want to gain The Mental Edge to outperform the competition.

By going thru the Elite Performance Mental Conditioning Program, athletes learn and apply key mental skills to consistently perform to the upper ranges of their talent and abilities, especially in pressure situations. These mental performance skills include:

  • Mental preparation
  • Internal self-confidence
  • Trusting in your training
  • Focusing on external targets
  • Visualizing flawless execution
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Generating rhythm and flow
  • Composure and emotional calm
  • Letting go of scores and results
  • Effective perception of mistakes

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 Congratulations to Alex. He is officially headed to Duke to play college golf! 

"When I started with Alex he was a Top 40 player. Now he is the #2 ranked Junior in NC. I could not be happier for Alex and his family. What an incredible achievement!” 

Seth Kaplan, M.Ed.
Director of Mental Conditioning

Vinay headshotCongrats to Vinay Ramesh! Vinay and his parents flew to Raleigh prior to the Pennsylvania Junior State Championships...and my work with Vinay paid off! The talented junior who will play for Princeton in college fired a 75-70 to WIN the championship on the 3rd playoff hole!

“This win would not have been possible without Trusting in my Process. My mental conditioning has let me play up to my capabilities.”

Vinay Ramesh
PA Junior State Champion!

oriolesCongratulations to my boss, Dan Duquette, for being named MLB Executive of the Year, and to Buck Showalter for being named AL Manager of the Year! The Orioles’ leadership team has created a culture of high expectations, peak performance, and winning...and I am so fortunate to assist Mr. Duquette and Buck - to provide mental training for our key pitching prospects - to help the Orioles be competitive on an annual basis.

I just returned home from our Academy in the Dominican Republic and am very excited about the development of our young hurlers. Guys like Peralta, Jimenez, and Alvarado are getting better every day and hopefully will be pitching in the States soon and progress through our minor league system.

Proud to be a part of the best organization in baseball!

Seth Kaplan, M.Ed.
Mental Training Coordinator, Minor League Pitching Development

makenna hammerCongrats to Makenna Hammer after her 2nd place finish (out of 47 girls) at the 1A/2A Eastern Regionals. Makenna has considerable shotmaking skills and now that her mental game is high level she is able to “let out” that talent and ability! Makenna intends to play college golf at Methodist next year. 

oriolesI have received lots of “congratulations” following the Orioles win last night to clinch the American League East. However, the credit goes to General Manager Dan Duquette, O’s Manager Buck Showalter, and of course, the players! Hopefully, the Orioles will finish strong to close out the year and take all that momentum into the ALDS.


Competitive Juniors have the following in common:

  • They know the rules of the game
  • They know how to assess and play shots
  • They’ve developed proficiency with the clubs in their bag
  • They have a good swing and solid shotmaking skills


I am pleased to announce the following:

  • Alex Smalley is now #4 in NC and has verbally committed to play for Duke University!
  • James Mishoe is up 1 spot to #11. James will play for UNC Greensboro next year!
  • Mark Johnston continues to take his game to the next level. Up 19 spots to #34!
  • Jennings Milholen is up 3 spots to #82
  • Cooper Daniel jumps 31 spots to #137
  • Zander McCall is up 25 spots to #153
  • Max Busser is having a great summer and is now #154 - up 42 spots!
  • Zack Freeman won his first tournament and is now #220 - up 54 spots!
  • Ronnie Uszenski makes the biggest leap. He is #246 - up 99 spots!
  • Evan Crook is doing great as well. He jumps 63 spots to #257
  • Alex Parker is now ranked! He’s in at #261
  • William Crook is applying his Mental Conditioning Plan - up 91 spots to #383
  • Makenna Hammer jumps 16 spots to #59 in the Girls NC Rankings

*Congrats to Alex, James, Mark, Jennings, Cooper, Zander, Max, Zack, Ronnie, Evan, Alex Parker, William, and Makenna. Great job!

alex smalleyCongratulations to Alex Smalley who has verbally committed to Duke University! Recently, Alex (ranked #6 in NC) fired an 11-under 64-69 for 2nd place at Joe Cheves and will be playing in the prestigious Bobby Chapman Invitational in Spartanburg, SC on Sept 19-21.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Alex. He did everything I asked of him, worked his tail off to improve his mental game, and now he has achieved his goal. In college he will be playing ACC golf in front of family and friends for one of the best programs in the country!“


pga canada2I am pleased to announce the signing of Brad Miller, a pro who plays PGA Tour Canada! I recently worked with Brad in Towson, Maryland and he is now back in Canada for the final 4 events of the season. I will loop back with Brad when he is in Pinehurst, NC preparing for Qualifying School.

Brad fired a 64 last season to qualify for a web.com tour event and together we will take his mental game and overall game to the next level!


STATE-LOGO2I am pleased to announce that Victoria Dozier will play at NC State in 2016! She is a part of a small percentage of players to commit at the end of her sophomore year. Victoria plays for Triangle Volleyball Club and is a rising junior at Cardinal Gibbons HS.


Alex is is the winner of the NC Junior Championship! Read all about it here!

Seth Kaplan, M.Ed.
Elite Performance Coaching

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Alex is 1 of 4 Carolinians to advance to the US Junior Amateur Championship in Houston! Alex fired a 68-70 at the Sectional Qualifier at Prestonwood CC in Cary to earn a spot in the field. Recently, Alex won the NC Junior Championship so he is on major roll!

univ cincinnatiI am looking forward to working with Hannah Hicklen (Towson, MD) this summer. Hannah plays midfield and defense for the University of Cincinnati Women’s Lacrosse Team. She is excited to be receiving elite mental conditioning to get her ready for the Fall and the 2015 season in the American Athletic Conference.

Seth Kaplan, M.Ed.
Elite Performance Coaching