Growing Confidence is Golf

Recently, my buddy, Blair, and I were discussing our golf game. He explained that holes 11 through 13 were his nemesis. For the life of him, he could not get these holes out of his mind. He is always waiting for the shoe to drop, even though he may hit a great shot. Through our discussion, we concluded that he was not confident with is game playing those three holes!

His trepidation is really unfounded because most of last year and the beginning of this year, he played those three holes very well. He knows this, but has difficulty when he stands on the 11th tee, waiting to hit. Negative thoughts creep in and his confidence erodes faster that a sand bank on a rushing river.

Listening to Jack Nicklaus

I actually have no words of advice for my friend. I am not sure how to help him overcome this hurdle. So I am asking you if you have any suggestions or ideas to help him overcome his mental challenges and build his confidence? What would you do?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!


7 thoughts on “Growing Confidence is Golf

  1. Jim,

    It sounds almost like your friend has a case of the yips! Personally, I struggled with some chipping yips a while back and what eventually made all the difference for me was visualizing how I wanted the club to look as it made contact with the ball. I would think about that on the way to practice and that slowly helped me build up confidence in my chipping stroke again. Never experienced something centered around certain holes on the course however, so I’m not sure how well it’ll work. Best of luck helping him out though!



  2. Jim, I’d have him change his approach to the tee shot on #11; radically if needed. Sometimes a different club or different shot can wake you out of the nemesis hole nightmare. Good luck to him!


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  3. Since we don’t know what caused his confidence issues in detail and know nothing about the holes in question, we don’t have much to go on. Have you ever played a round without woods? Knowing you can still score without a wood in the bag is a big confidence boost and makes for an interesting golfing challenge.

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    • Kevin

      Great points. The homes are not long, yet narrow. So being in play is very important. I do not know what caused the change. That would help pinpoint the issue for sure. Thanks for the suggestion.



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