22nd July 2019
Golf can be
a difficult game. A player can - and often will - spend many hours honing their
technical skills, perfecting their swing, their techniques, their grip on the
club and a hundred other technical details. But what about the mental aspect?
Golf can be
one of the most mentally challenging sports. As strange as it may sound
initially, every golfer knows if your self-belief starts to falter, so does
your game. Most top golfers now employ sports psychologists for that very
reason. They realise that a huge part of the game of golf is actually played in
So how do
the rest of us - those without the assistance of a personal sports psychologist
- improve our mental game? Here are some tips to hopefully keep your brain as
sharp as your swing!
- think about what you focus on when you take a shot. What did you focus on
during a good, or a bad, shot that made it successful/unsuccessful? Try and
figure out what your focus should be to make the most of your game.
positive - It may sound simple, but this can be difficult when you’re having
one of those days where the ball just won’t behave itself and luck is not on
your side. But if you subconsciously ‘give up’ and listen to the voice of
self-doubt in your head, you may as well go home.
to accept how the game is going - you may not win this game, so change your
target for the game, from winning to a personal challenge. Set yourself a
target and try to achieve it. Make sure you remain in the present, that way if
the game doesn’t work out how you planned in the beginning, you won’t feel so
much pressure. And if you do find the pressure mounting, just take a moment,
relax, and let the tension go. After all, golf shouldn’t be a chore, it’s a game
to be enjoyed.