For those of us who are looking to improve our golf game, we tend to focus most of our attention on the physical game of golf. But that is only half of the equation, and we need to dedicate at least as much time on the mental game of golf, i.e. improving our mindset, if we really want to improve our game.
Golf is one of those games where our attitude is constantly being tested. Mine is no different. Like grooving out your golf swing, developing and maintaining the right attitude for golf takes training and time. Try to incorporate the following tips into every training session and event that you do. It takes practice to make these habits automatic, but the results will be worth it.
3 Tips To Improve Your Mental Game
Tip#1: Banish all negative thoughts from your mind before and during your game.
If we want to manifest the desired outcome in our game, we must keep our mind focused on what we do want to happen, and not on what we don’t want to happen. If we let our doubts and fears creep into our mind during the game, then they are much more likely to come true. If you go into an event or practice session with the right mindset and keep that mindset all through your golf round(s), then your chances of playing your best can and will improve over time. Really make a conscious effort to avoid any thoughts which are not positive in nature.
Tip #2: Focus only on the present shot.
Focus your full attention only on what is required of you at this exact moment. Wasting energy and focus by worrying about what’s coming next, or about a previously missed shot, will mean you have less to give to the shot at hand. Again, training your mind to focus in this way all the time takes dedication and practice.
Tip # 3: Use positive visualization techniques.
Before you begin each game, visualize the entire game and the desired outcome in as much detail as possible. Picture each shot. Picture winning, and the feeling that brings. Then during the game use the same technique before each shot. Visualize your swing, and exactly what happens to the ball once you hit it.
Over time, adopting these strategies and really focusing on the mental game of golf, as well as the physical practise, will work wonders on your confidence, accuracy and technique. Set reminders to yourself to implement these tips into every game and practice session until they become second nature, and see the results for yourself.