March 24, 2020
The mental game is where many people tend to struggle with golf. They have put in the time to practice and learn the game, and they are constantly trying to develop their skills. It’s just when they actually play a game with coworkers or friends when things start to fall apart for them. This is because they have not taken the time to develop the right mindset, which can make them feel off-balance both figuratively and literally. Fortunately, as long as you are willing to put in the effort, you can develop a stronger mindset to better deal with this problem.
Visualization is a tool that is used in a range of sports and other fields with great effect. While it might seem like a strange concept when you first begin, it really does help to put your mind in the right place. Visualize hitting the ball and having the ball fly to where you want it to go. Even when things don’t work out as planned, you will still want to visualize with your next shot and your next. When you can see it happening in your mind’s eye, it can be easier to have your body respond, so you can do it in real life. It doesn’t mean it’s always going to go your way, but it is a good habit to get into.
This is also difficult for many golfers. Whether they are playing with some new people or they are competing with friends, it can become easy to start worrying about the next shot or the last shot, which can really throw off your game. It’s best that you learn not to overthink shots and not to dwell on failures. You know that you made a mistake, but don’t focus on it. Instead, visualize your next shot as being where you want it to go.
To help with the overthinking or worrying, talk about or think about other things between the holes to help distract your mind. This will make it easier to center yourself when you make your next shot.
These are tips that can help you to stay more relaxed and ensure that you are keeping in the right mindset. It will take time to get to the point where you can stay in the mindset consistently while playing, but it really can help you with your game. You will also want to take the time to find other things that will work for you to help with your golf mindset.