Improve Your Golf Psychology
Unlike professional golfers, amateurs cannot fully make use of golf psychology tips that can help them shoot
lower scores in golf.
Professionals have the ability to take charge of their bodies and psyche. Obviously, professionals’ work is made
a little easier because they have a whole entourage of assistants – coaches, caddies, among others – who ensure
that they are psychologically at their best.
Amateurs and other regular golfers may not have all this luxury. Nonetheless, there are a few golf psychology
tips any golfer can use to calm his nerves on the golf course. Below, we’ll look at the ways that can help you calm
tension while playing a game of golf.
Watch your breathing. You may not realize it but on your first tee at a tournament, you’ll be panting like a dog
with tension and nervousness all over your body. In order to learn how to monitor and manage your breathing, start
practicing from home.
Watch the way you breathe at home and how less tense your body gets. You can also mimic tense situations and
practice how to calm yourself down through controlled breathing.
Practice visualization on your first shot. Many golfers out there get overly nervous on the first shot. This is
not entirely abnormal because everyone wants to get the best shot at the start. So the pressure to achieve this can
get the best of a golfer.
You can overcome these first tee jitters by visualizing your shot well before the game. Visualizing is basically
practicing in your mind so do this as often as possible and when you get your best shot (in your visualizations),
you’ll become confident and this will help you keep the nerves in check.
Practice mind relaxation. It’s not uncommon for golfers to over-think their shots. This can crowd your mind and
keeps you from focusing on the important things you have to do on the course. Thus, you need to train your mind to
weed out these shots while taking a shot. You basically practice mind relaxation.
Try humming a favorite melody in your head or just sing to yourself so that you allow your body movements be
controlled by your mind. Another thing you can do to work on relaxing your mind is practicing your walking pace. It
has direct impact on your psyche and your overall mental game on the golf course.
Pick yourself up after a mistake. You need to accept that you’ll make mistakes, lots of them in fact. For sure,
you’ll be able to avoid some, but some things in golf can be out of your control. What you have full control of is
how you react to these mistakes.
You’ll not be helping yourself (and your game) when you get angry and berate yourself after making a mistake.
Keep a positive attitude and take that to your game. Dwelling on small blunders can ruin your overall game. It’s
better you learn from your blunders and make plans to compensate for them.
When you practice these golfing tips, you will greatly improve your
mental game to go with your imposing swing.