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For a golfer, attitude is everything. Whether your attitude is good or bad, your golf game will often follow suit. If your thoughts are filled with pleas to the golfing gods not to be embarrassed as you walk up to the first tee, you have already decreased your chances of playing a good round. More importantly your chances of having an enjoyable and relaxing day on the course are all but gone.
Standing at the first tee you may have the advantage of clubs designed scientifically to help you drive further, the right brand of ball for those extra ‘in-flight’ yards, and the brand of shoes Tiger Woods wore when he was ranked number 1, but unless you maintain the right attitude so that you can control your emotions, you’re doing yourself, and your playing partners, a huge disservice.
The most surprising thing to most amateur and recreational golfers is that controlling themselves mentally and emotionally is a key component in every professional golfers game. These skills are most commonly referred to as mental golf. Mental golf techniques are far less daunting than you may think, and will improve golf of any golfer, at any level of play.
Just as noise can distract you from your shot, so can your attitude and your fears. The golfers behind you may be loud and obnoxious but that is not something you can control. Your attitude and your emotions are. Simple mental golf techniques such as visualizing your success or mentally rehearsing a shot in your mind until it becomes the most likely outcome in reality, have helped professional golfers like Tiger Woods improve golf and stay at the top of their game for years. In fact Tiger’s recent fall from the top started when he got distracted with personal affairs and his mental golf game suffered.
Sometimes you just know the second the club swings toward the ball that it is going to be a good shot. This is a feeling all golfers have experienced and it greatly improves your attitude during a round. Having this happen all the time may not be possible, but having it happen more often is possible using mental golf techniques.
With golf attitude is everything, and attitude is something you can create by controlling your emotions and allowing yourself to play better. For any golfer who wants to improve golf, all you have to do is choose to do so by improving your mental golf. You’ll play better and have more fun on the course.
Guest author Kevin Reynolds is a Certified Sports Performance Hypnotist who has been using mental golf to very effectively help his clients improve golf for many years. Kevin is the creator of the Master Your Inner Golfer program which uses mental golf techniques to empower your subconscious mind to help you play better golf.
One of the main reasons many golfers don’t use mental golf techniques to improve their golf game is that they don’t know how to. The term mental golf itself can often seem a little daunting and, for someone who views golf as relaxation, time consuming to learn. Fortunately the truth is somewhat different, and easier, than you may think.
The term mental golf is used to broadly describe the many techniques you can use to help control your physical and emotional self with your mind. The advantages of doing this are readily apparent to any golfer who has let adrenalin affect the mechanics of his game, has second guessed himself into a bad shot, or has done anything that could be described colloquially as “choking.”
Simple mental golf techniques can be used to improve your golf game immediately and adding them to your game is as simple as taking a deep breath. Next time you are standing over a putt practicing the stroke you want to make do this:
- Take a deep breath, how it for a second or two and then exhale
- Close your eyes and imagine the stroke you want to make—from the time you draw back your putter to your follow through after striking the ball
- See your ball in your mind roll into the bottom of the cup
- Open you eyes take another long, slow deep breath, and make the shot
Do that on every putt you make for a round or two and see if you improve your golf game. I’m betting you do. PS: You’re playing mental golf!
This is a very simple mental golf technique using visualization and mental rehearsal. You can develop your own techniques for every part of your game. Admittedly that does sound time consuming but what is the price of playing better golf and having more fun on the course?
If you don’t want to pay the price in time, both researching and perfecting your own techniques, consider a visit to, or mental golf program developed by, a sports performance professional. These programs use techniques to implant mental golf techniques directly into your subconscious mind so using the techniques becomes second nature. All the benefits without the effort—a real win-win situation.
Use the simple mental golf techniques I outlined next time you putt. You’ll see how easy it really is to use mental golf to improve every part of your golf game.
Every year millions of dollars is spent on golf equipment, instructional aids, and gadgets of all types in an effort to improve your golf and perform better on the course. These products are often accompanied by claims of how your game will be transformed as if by magic. Most amateur golfers focus their efforts on improving the physical part of their game and overlook a simple fact that all professionals golfers know: Golf is a mental game, a fact most commonly referred to as mental golf.
Like many sports, golf is actually more challenging mentally than it is physically. Almost every golfer can think of instances where they lost focus and concentration at a crucial moment, second guessed themselves into a poor shot or club selection, or failed simply through their own expectations that they would fail. Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer once said the toughest opponent he ever had was himself. He was referring to what every great athlete knows—that how you play is determined by your mind and your mental approach. Its easy to see that improving your mental golf game has the potential to noticeably improve golf especially for those who overlook it.
So why do golfers often overlook improving the mental part of their golf game?
Created by certified sports performance hypnotist Kevin Reynolds, the Master Your Inner Golfer program is the product of his experience with clients in his private sports hypnotherapy practice. He claims that using the Master Your Inner Golfer program can help you unleash the mental golf techniques professional golfers use, slash strokes from your game, and change everything about the way you play golf without touching a club. But is that a reasonable claim to make?
While all serious golfers understand the importance of mental golf to their overall game, many golfers do not understand what mental golf is, what the techniques of mental golf are, or how they can be used to improve your golf. There are several ways you can improve your golf using mental golf techniques. You could study mental golf techniques on your own, you could visit a mental sports performance professional such as a sports performance hypnotist, or you could purchase a professional program that utilize these techniques. A sports performance professional typically concentrates on four or five components of the mental game to help their clients. They design programs to help golfers, or any serious athlete, to improve their focus, their concentration, their level of relaxation, and their overall attitude. This is achieved by reprogramming the subconscious mind in a way to allow you to improve your golf more easily. When learned on a subconscious level, these abilities then become automatic and require little conscious thought.
So what are the techniques of mental golf?
The most commonly used mental golf techniques are hypnosis, visualization, NLP, and mental rehearsal.