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Problems That Affect Your Mental Golf Game


By Brenda Panin [Featured Image: Bill Menzel]

Golf guru Jim Flick once famously said that “golf is 90% mental, and the other 10% is mental”. And it seems this still rings true – many golfers regardless of their skill level fail to work on their confidence and other mental aspects of the game.

If golf is a game played by the body but won by the mind, golfers will need to rethink their mental strategies in order to reap the benefits in the future. Here are some of the most common problems that affect your mental golf game, with solutions on how you can improve your confidence, overcome your nerves, work through any plateau, and play the best golf of your life.

 How to become more confident at putting

Although putting is a skill that can be honed over time, many novice golfers will often experience a set-back when they don’t score every putt. They may tell themselves that they they’re doing something wrong because they don’t score every putt. This can turn into a viscous cycle, and could affect how they play in the future.

You will need to re-evaluate how you perceive the concepts of success and failure if you want to play the best golf of your life. Not every game will the same as the last, and you will need to accept that. Spend some time practicing your putt in your own time. Master your swing, and take these skills with you when you next play.

When putting for real, take a deep breath and tell yourself that you have putted well in the past, and there’s no reason why you can’t do it again. Try and expel any negative thoughts running through your mind which will cloud your judgment.

How to overcome your nerves when playing golf

Many golfers, even some of the most experienced, will feel nervous, or even self-conscious, when playing golf. After all, they feel like there is a pressure to succeed and do well on the course. If you feel nervous on the first tee, take a few seconds to focus your mind and concentrate on the game in hand.

Remember, feeling comfortable with the equipment you have can play a large part in how confident you feel when playing golf. Always choose a club that feels comfortable to hold and gives you a great deal of control when on the first tee. This will help to increase your confidence, and increase the chance of landing the golf ball in the fairway.

If you still feel nervous, spend some time on the green by yourself on an off-day, focusing on your swing. With no-one around, you should feel less pressure and will be able to develop new skills that you can take with you the next time you play golf for real.

What to do if you can’t concentrate during golf

You may be more familiar with some golf courses than others, and may be finding it hard to concentrate during the game. Your concentration can be affected for a wide range of reasons, for example the weather, the people around you, or when distracted by your own feelings and thoughts.

All of these things are not helpful when playing good golf, so you will need to try your best to focus on the game in hand. Try and plan your shot, and focus your mind on the back of the ball. Swing smoothly and see what happens – focusing on one shot at a time can really help you if you find it hard to concentrate.

What to do if you’ve hit a plateau

You may feel like you’ve hit a plateau – especially if you have been playing golf for a while. When this happens, the best thing to do is to re-strategize your game. Think up new ways you can improve your swing, and take some time out to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Once you have identified any weaknesses you will need to do your best to eliminate them from your game. Tough mindedness and competitiveness are traits found in some of the most successful golfers in the world.

If you feel like you’ve lost your mojo and this is having an effect on your game, try and rediscover your passion for golf. Recapture the fighting spirit you once had when you first discovered golf, and replicate this ambition when you next play.

Brenda Panin is a full time mother of two beautiful girls and a passionate golf player. She enjoys spending her free afternoons at North Lakes Resort Golf Club in Australia focusing on the game and resting from her everyday chores. Brenda also enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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