For the past 25 years, Carey Mumford has used his energy and background to encourage and support the competence of those who manage, teach and play the game of golf. Prior to that time, he was involved with services to people, first through hospital chaplaincy and then in counseling and coaching for human resource development. His devotion to that challenge has been constant.
During the several years he gave to human resource development for a major Sunbelt resort/recreation developer, he was often sought out by golf professionals, club managers and others associated with the game, for help with their various tasks. His understanding of human behavior, self-management and stress reduction were most welcome among the resources they wanted.
That led to an invitation from the PGA of America, as they began their advanced education program, to serve on the faculty, which he did for the duration of the school. In addition, he has conducted playing and teaching clinics and workshops across the country and in Canada, and regularly coaches amateur and professional players, assisting them with the mental skills that influence building effective habits and playing the game.
He also assists corporate groups with both systems and human resource issues, concerns and developmental needs.
With PGA Life Member and Master Professional Larry Shute of Crossville, TN, KeyGolf was created in 1986. It's dedication is to learning, teaching and playing the game in a context of mental and physical balance. That is achieved by combining the principles and basic methodologies required both by sports (golf, in particular) and management behaviors and practices.
Currently, Carey Is also the Director of Game Enhancement for Bird Golf Academy with sites in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida. He was a featured contributor to the 2000 official guide to Junior Golf - "Golf, The Game for Life," with his monograph on "Reaching the Fourth Dimension in Golf."
Mumford has also taught and coached in PGA Junior schools in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, California and Montana and college golf programs at Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Brevard Community College, West Point, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Miami, as well as working with individual coaches and players from other schools.
In their special issue on the mental game in 1990, Golf Magazine recognized him among the top dozen golf psychologists in the country, and Golf World Magazine devoted two pages to his second book (The Double Connexion) in the Pro-Report section of their June 19, 1992 issue.
His work is extensively used in books by Michael Hebron ("The Art and Zen of Learning Golf") and Phil Ritson ("Golf Your Way"), both of whom are listed among the top 100 golf teachers in the country. John Andrisani's book, "Think Like Tiger" also references his work, as does Mel Sole's "Golf, Step-by-Step." The content of the fourth tape in the Ritson series called "The Encyclopedia of Golf," is based on Carey's creative process, which is also incorporated as the core of mental game teaching at all of the Phil Ritson/Mel Sole Golf Schools around the country.
His unique approach to the mental game has earned wide acceptance among golf professionals, largely because it goes beyond "what" ought to happen and shows "how" it is implemented and used by any player or instructor, by providing the tools to get it done. Unnecessary complications are removed in the process by integrating principles of behavior, psychology and physiology. Thus teachers and players have "user-friendly" resources to reshape widely held, though misleading, notions that have unwittingly influenced players to "shoot themselves in the foot."
Two of the books he has written, GOLF'S BEST KEPT SECRET and THE DOUBLE CONNEXION, describe the context of "playing the game within yourself" and the natural principles and processes essential to balance and integrate mental and manual skills. That allows players to move naturally, and without hindrance, from the practice tee to the golf course. The applications to life and work are equally present also. It was the cross-currents of common denominators in these seemingly dissimilar arenas that stimulated both books. He has two other books, "The Putting Book," and "The Mental Game."
Carey is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (Rochester Center for Theological Studies). His strong training and counseling background, balanced and supported by his thorough familiarity with physiological principles, learned and honed in both academic and clincal arenas, have allowed him to understand the mutual effect of mind-on-body and body-on-mind that touches everything we do. He has used that knowledge to integrate basic principles into an orderly process for learning, teaching and playing the game. The same is true of his approach to management development and training. And make no mistake, there is a lot of difference between academic education and clinical training. Either one is incomplete without the other.
He has faced more than 22,000 of the Class A Member Professionals of the PGA, conducted in excess of 200 clinics for amateurs and professionals in 30 states and Canada, and worked individually with over 100 players on the PGA, LPGA, Seniors, Nike, TC Jordan, Hooters, Futures, and Mini Tours.