The Biggest Secret to Improve Golf: Attitude Is Everything
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.