Our brain is the core part of the body that generates energy and power to other body parts and every aspect of life. We often forget our body’s mechanism and concentrate on only physical works, especially during outdoor sports. The same goes for golf. We talk about improving swings, driver shots, short games, and many other techniques. But, very few of us understand that our mind is the primary section that needs to get work on for improving the overall game.
Golf is a game where you need to know controlling your mind to score well on the green. Almost every golfer faces the pressure of doing more nice shots than previous matches or frustration after a bad swing. It not only has a negative impact on the course but also ruins other daily tasks. If you want to improve your overall golf game, you should work on your mental health too. You have to prepare your mind for coping with the pressure and frustration smartly. These following tips I’m sharing with you will surely help you improve your mindset on course and your personal life.
1. Present is precious
It’s in our human nature to unnecessarily wondering about the future. Some struggle to get over the past. At the golf course, this scenario is seen happening within golfers, especially in amateur golfers. Do you also think about four or six-shot ahead when you should only concentrate on your present shot? If the answer is yes, then I would say it’s the high time of quitting this habit as soon as possible. Train your mind to be in the present.
Your future shots might be difficult, and so you can’t ignore the anxiety. But if you ruin your present shot thinking about the future, the pressure will be more to pass the next shots. You can hope for better shots next if you can hit the present shot properly.
2. A new shot is like a new challenge
You can never be sure of getting rid of challenges in golf. Challenge and golf; both are deeply connected. You can find the ball at the bunkers, full of sand or in bushes. You have to send the ball into the hole with the possible lowest shots wherever the ball is. These challenges make the game more exciting and addictive to the players. It would help if you took the challenges as the game’s major attraction and not afraid of them. You have to consider each shot as a new challenge and the challenge to hit them all successfully.
3. Boost up confidence
Confidence is one of the impactful mindset of successful people all over the world. Your confidence says about your personality when you are at a golf course. Look, the game of golf is never an easy game. You will find difficulties in every stage of this sport still you can’t give them up. When we see a match of some experienced professional golfers such as Tiger or Nicklaus, the game feels so effortless and easy. But, the actual scenario is different. They also feel those difficulties challenging. It’s their confidence that insists on the match to look so uncomplicated. You will also have to work on this skill. It would be best if you didn’t get nervous about how bad the shot was or how challenging the next shot will be. Get your positioning right and prepare for hitting the next shot.
4. Look before you hit the shot
At the golf course, consider the golf clubs as your friend, your stance, positioning, and techniques as your weapon, and the hole are your only aim. Before you hit the shot, look straight to the hole for quite some time. Imagine as no one is there between you and your aim. You have to reach the target in any way. Well, this might sound less effective. I assure you, my friend, when you connect yourself more with the target, your subconscious mind finds a way anyhow to reach.
5. Be committed and clear
As a golfer, I believe to be wholly committed to golf and have a clear vision of the destination you want to reach. Commitment is something that leads a person not to giving up and going ahead despite too many challenges.
You will find a lousy match day after a consecutive win, and that’s normal. You can’t always hit the fantastic swing. Some day you will be the attraction of everyone’s eyes, others day some others might be. But this shouldn’t let you down in any way. You can look up to the iconic golfer of all time, Tiger Woods, for example. He won the hearts of almost all the golf lovers. He secured the top position for the longest time ever in golf history. But then, he also had a bad phase in his life. Somehow, he got away from his track. Another golfer managed to replace his top position. But, he hasn’t set back from golf. He came back with more energy and craving for victory.
Like this, you also have to be committed to the gradual development of yours. No matter what happens, you have to stick around with practice and improving your skills.
6. Focus on the process instead of the result
One grave mistake almost we everyone commit and that is concentrating on the outcome. Of course, the result decides your success. But, if you only focus on the result even before playing, you will get distracted from your track. Success is not about just a single win. When you repeatedly continue to capture victories and learn from your previous mistakes, nothing can stop you.
There is a rule on earth. You will get exactly as much as you dedicated for. That means, if you work hard and stick to your practice for getting better day by day, you will automatically get the result. Worrying too much about the result usually leads a player to anxiety, and thus he can’t even meet his expectations, let alone doing better.
7. Stay positive
A positive mind is the source of energy and the key to success in every aspect of life. Negative thinking directly affects our subconscious mind to make us believe those negative thoughts. As a result, we lose confidence and can’t play well. It’s normal to have anxiety and nervousness for the match at the course. That’s the time you have to fight against your mind to be positive. You have to believe in yourself whether it was an awful day or the winning day. Your positivity will help you to increase potentiality within you that will lead you to success. Our mind controls us, so; we have to keep our mind positive for the better version of us.
8. Love and learn from your flaws
Loving yourself is the key to moving ahead in life, so do in golf. Golf is nearly the closest game to life. You will have bad days and good days both at the course. Sometimes, the ball can be so stubborn that it might not want to enter the hole at all. But, you can’t blame yourself or lose faith in your ability for those two or three days. Every golfer has to face this situation at course, sometimes more than once. But, he can’t lose confidence due to this. Whenever you feel at your lowest, remember that you are the only one who can change the game.
You should keep calm and analyze those bad breaks. Please find out the mistake and learn from it. Practice so harder that you won’t have to repeat the same mistake again. Thus, you can be the perfectionist in this game.
9. Support yourself
In this life, including the golf course, you are the only existence that always stands by you. You may have other loving people around you who encourage you to go ahead. But, at the end of the day, it’s only you who has to face everything to keep you happy. The same goes for golf. You are the one who hit the ball, sees the shots, knows your strength as well as your weakness. No one is going to hit the ball for you. So, you have to trust and support yourself.
When you measure the distance, aiming at the target, initiate the swing, always support your instinct and insight. Because your subconscious mind is preparing the best path for the ball to cross and fall into the hole.
10. Never give up
Golf and life are deeply connected, I already mentioned. Both are like a span of good and bad breaks. You will get to experience bad breaks as well as good breaks. One after another. This circle keeps going on. So, never think of quitting just because you are having the worst phase of the game. You might have the repeated miscued shots and lost all expectations from yourself. Maybe this was your last lousy break. Perhaps the next day will be full of exciting shots and claps for you; you never know what happens tomorrow. Let me remind you, and you can’t be defeated unless you give up.
Finally, I want you to know that you have the utmost potentiality to get all the success in life. You only have to believe in yourself and the process. One of the famous amateur Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is played mainly on a five and a half-inch course, the space between your ears.” It shows clearly that golf is the game of mind. So if you can get control over your mind, you can hope for the long term success in golf and personal life.