David MacKenzie is a Mental Coach and the founder of Golf State of Mind. He currently works with golfers on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, European Tour, Challenge Tour, LPGA and LET, along with many elite juniors and amateur golfers of all levels.

Throughout David’s playing career, he learned quickly how attitude, self-belief, focus and mental toughness affect performance in golf. He knew that was the major difference between his average and great rounds. But the question was: “How does one improve these mental skills and achieve “the zone” more often?”

While studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, David began in-depth research into sports psychology and how elite performers apply their minds to practice and play. He interviewed hundreds of elite golfers and sports psychologists. He shared what he discovered via his website, “Golf State of Mind” and it quickly resonated with golfers of all levels. Golf State of Mind is now the most popular resource for mental coaching for golf on the web, with over 350 articles published. David has also been published in Golf Digest, Golf WRX and Golf Tips Magazine. 

David is able to effectively communicate the mental and emotional process that elite players are able to achieve on the course, which helps them succeed. Although there are fundamentals to his approach, all players are different in what they need to focus on during a round and what brings out their best performances. For this reason, the Golf State of Mind is a “player-centric approach” that finds the best process for each individual.

David now has over 10 years of experience working as a mental coach for golf. His mental coaching system is taught one on one (in person or remotely), in a group setting, and via his digital mental game training products and books. His system develops mental toughness, improves emotional control and teaches golfers how to stay focused on what’s most important to maximize their chance of success. 


Please use the button below if you would like a free consultation to discuss how David can help you. 

You can also visit www.golfstateofmind.com/products for more information about training products.



Timotej Formánek

“The older I get; I realize how important the mental side of the game is. I have never felt so
good on and off the golf course. I am sure that David has had a major impact on this.
We have been working together for a while now. I really appreciate the talks that we
have been having in between rounds, on how to stay in present and how to manage myself. I
am very grateful for what he has done for me so far and I am looking forward to what is
coming next for us as a team.”


“David is an exceptional mental coach and has greatly assisted me in my golfing career. Before I started working with David, I would consider myself a mental train wreck who did not receive adequate advice on how to improve. However, using the techniques that David has taught me, I have greatly improved my mental state on the golf course and have become a better player overall. I would highly recommend working with him!”

Josh Hill Golf

“Working with David has really helped me develop a strong mental process meaning my focus is in the right place before and during shots, which makes a big difference when playing tournament golf”.

Filip Raza

“David has helped me truly enjoy my golf by helping me let go of expectation and results and play with freedom and focus. The rewards for my work with David has been showing in my recent achievements one being winning the Slovakia Amateur Championship.”

Gabriella Cowley

“Working with David has helped me tremendously. From my routines in tournaments, state of mind before and during events, helping me to make my practice as productive as possible and helping me to focus more on what I can control. Since I’ve been working with David I feel a lot more comfortable in tournaments and every week I’m gaining more confidence.”

Lauryn Nguyen Golf

“If you want to consistently perform better on the golf course, under pressure, work with David MacKenzie! In a brief amount of time, he’s taught me mental skills which have helped me play great golf. His affirmations helped boost my confidence to believe in myself and my abilities.”


“David is a great speaker and does a wonderful job making the mental side of golf relatable to golfers of all levels. His approach is very practical and easy to follow and the library of resources is extremely useful! I recommend my students work with David – he bridges the gap between instruction and bringing your game to the course!”

Ryan Altschul

“My work with David has allowed me to grow as a golfer and a person. David has helped me to understand that change happens by hard work, patience and trusting the process. This last year with David has given me important tools to be more thoughtful on and off the golf course, to work through the harder moments and to find joy while playing the game I love.”

Samir Davidov

“When I first started working with David I was a hot-head on the course, but he turned me into the polar opposite. He helped me figure out mental strategies and techniques to stay calm, focused and play with freedom. I can only thank David for helping me play better golf in tournaments.”

Tanner Gore

“Working with David has helped me in many ways, from goal setting to being mindful of how I am thinking and feeling during times of pressure, stress, happiness, etc. The things that David has taught me, not only apply to golf, but to every day life, and have helped me grow as a golfer and a person.”

Emmanuelle Hewson Golf

“Working with David has allowed me to completely shift my perspective whilst competing to allow myself to become more mentally tough. My confidence has soared as I have learned how to deal with any negative self talk as well as being able to separate what happens on the golf course from my life outside of golf.”

Carlo Pizzano

“Since I started working with David 4 years ago, he has helped me work on my mindset for both on and off the course. As a result, I’ve become a more mentally tough and confident player, which has led to more success in tournaments and more productivity and well-being off the course.”

Florian Blatti

“Over the last year, David has not only helped me find my game back, but helped me elevate it to new levels. With his online lessons and video calls, I was able to drastically change my approach of the game. My attention is less outcome driven and more process driven now. This has not only helped me reduce the emotional attachment to shots, but it ultimately made me a happier golfer.”

Jackson Harris Golf

“The mental coaching sessions I’ve done with David have helped me play through some of the biggest moments in my golf career. I wouldn’t have been able to play some of my best golf without him and he has helped me play more relaxed golf and made it more exciting for me.”


“After working with David for a few years now, I can already tell the significant improvement in not just my golf game but in my overall well being too. I used to let my golf scores dictate my life, good or bad, but after my lessons with David, I have gotten to learn and be comfortable with that it is just a game, and life goes on. Subsequently, my scores dropped by 5 shots on average, and I am at much more at peace with myself. Thanks David!”

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“The importance of the mental game in golf can’t be overstated and David has been an instrumental part in my mental development as a golfer and individual. Since I began working with David, he has devoted a great deal of time and effort into helping me strive for excellence and achieve my goals. In the past year or so, I can owe a a great deal of my success to the guidance and wisdom he has provided me.”

Ronan Kleu

“Since I realized the importance and starting laying more emphasis on the mental aspect of the game of golf, I have not only lowered my scoring average but also changed my outlook on how to approach each shot. Working with David has helped me neutralize the emotional connection to each shot, leading to better pre- and post-shot routines, shot acceptance and decision making. Lessening the “emotional rollercoasters” therefore contributes towards maintaining a consistent attitude throughout the round. This has let me excel when I am playing well, yet still prevail when I have brought my B-game to a tournament.”

Matt Campbell Korn Ferry Tour

“Since working with David Mackenzie my outlook on golf has completely changed and because of that my success has continued to grow! Instead of measuring my rounds by by score I now measure my rounds by how well my process was and by no coincidence it seems that when my process is better my scores are lower. I am excited to keep working with him and see where this journey takes us.”

Cyril Bouniol

“Working with David has been very productive and beneficial for me. He is a great listener and has equipped me with a variety of tools to face pressure. The mental aspect of the game is a never ending process but thanks to David, now I do have a process! He trains me to focus on what I can control and on having specific process goals in order to stay grounded in the present moment at all times. I am beyond grateful to have David on my team.”

Connor Golembski

“David has been a tremendous help preparing mentally for tournaments and helping me with techniques to deal with the challenges in every round. I’ve never felt so ready for an event before it starts.”

Maia Schechter Golf

“David has helped me reach a new level in my golf game. He has equipped me with a toolbox full of techniques to help me succeed in high pressure situations. One of the things we have focused on is building a process that works for me and that I can rely on. Since I started working with David I have learned how to build confidence, which is a key to competing at the highest level.”

Caitlin Cotterill

“David is a phenomenal mental coach. He is able to relate to my questions and experiences by being a golfer himself. He helps you find the keys to why you play well, so you can consistently repeat that in tournaments. Personally, he has pushed me to more effective practice each day, working harder, focusing more on what I can control and developing a more positive attitude.”

David Harrison Golf

“David MacKenzie has helped me take my game to the next level especially by being able to stay more present on the golf course. He knows what it takes to get to the next level in golf!”

Buddy Wehrli Golf

“Working with David has been monumental for my golf game. He has taught me how to score in tournaments and be very successful in them. He makes everything so easy to understand and very fun to learn. I am very grateful for David and his coaching. Great coach and an even better guy.”

Anastasia Bakal Golf

“Working with David MacKenzie helped me reach a whole new level in my game and the techniques we worked on were key to my winning this year’s Russian Junior Championship. He has a great insight into the mind of an elite golfer and I use his techniques during every round to keep me confident and focused. Thanks David!”


“David’s teaching cuts through all the noise in golf coaching and gets to the heart of what’s really needed to consistently improve.”


“David has helped me remove those mental blocks that we’re preventing me from taking my game to a new level. David’s sessions have made me feel more confident and helped me trust my swing. His system makes the mental side of the game easy to comprehend and easy to take action to use it to your full advantage. Thanks David!”

Steve Patterson Pga

As a student, coach and instructor in the game of golf I have dedicated endless hours in research of the best approach to conquering the mental side of golf. David MacKenzie has developed the ultimate mental game training system for golf. David has put together a program that not only explains “what to do” but clearly defines “how to do it”. Providing an effective and easy to implement system is where many mental game coaches fall short and David’s program is absolutely spot on!

Dr. Glen Albaugh

Of all the mental training packages available, Golf State of Mind is at the highest level. The content is superbly written based on good science, and knowledge David has gained from the many high-level players with whom he works. More importantly, the drills and exercises for their application are clear. Dial-in! This stuff really works.

Nick Hance NEW

“Since working with David for the past couple of years, I’ve seen a huge increase in my confidence, focus and my ability to handle the pressure of big tournaments. David’s process has without a doubt made me a mentally tougher golfer.”

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Over the past 6 weeks I have had a number of good finishes and played some very consistent golf. This is largely down to the work I did with David MacKenzie at “Golf State of Mind” over the winter. I am extremely relaxed and at one with myself on the course and able to get rid of any disappointment that may of lingered in previous years after a bad shot.


David’s Golf State of Mind Training System has given me specific things to work on to improve my mental game and I’ve seen huge improvement in my ability to play under pressure.


David Mackenzie has a subtle yet genius approach toward the mental game. I got the chance to work with him and his knowledge of the mental game really helped to change my thought process on the golf course. After working with him, I felt more confident and I look forward to working with him in the future!


David’s coaching highlights the difference that makes a difference. When you practice these fundamentals you not only remove self imposed interference, but it returns you to your natural brilliance. Simple and deceptively brilliant.


The tournament I played after reading David’s Training Program I hit 50 out of 54 greens and it had everything to do with his powerful concepts.


“On Tour you have to do everything possible to squeeze extra shots out of all areas of your game. David’s coaching has taught me how to quieten my mind in pressure situations so I can think more clearly and access my best swings.”


“David’s coaching makes playing good golf simple and effective. It’s amazing how a change in perspective towards what’s really important can make such a huge difference. All golfers, whether beginner or a Tour Pro like myself would benefit from his system.”


“David MacKenzie has created an amazing tool for anyone ready to tackle the mental game of golf. His “Golf State of Mind” system is very organized and yet exquisitely simple. David takes you through each aspect of the game, from long to short, talking you through the stumbling blocks and helping you clear them out of your way. I love it. His insights help my golf game, and my everyday life.”


“David is certainly what you would call “a mental game guru”. Not only does he have deep insight into how to maximize performance using the power of the mind, but he communicates it in a way that’s easy to understand and easy to apply. Golfers of all levels can learn how to build confidence and get out of their own way with David’s coaching.”