The proper mental attitude and swing thoughts are paramount to low golf scores. As with all thinks in life, focusing your thoughts on what you want will attract your wishes. Of course we would be blind to think no effort is required, but everything starts with a thought of achieve entire package of success.
There are few things that we have complete control over when golfing. The fundamental first step is our thoughts. There are influences and stressors that help shape our thoughts, but the entire thinking process is completely owned by the thinker. It is easy to point fingers at outside influences, however, a real competitor knows that the mental side of golf is a solitary thing.
The mental challenges in golf are vast and numerous! What distinguishes an average player from a great player is usually their mental toughness. The ability to have laser like focus when required is something that is honed over time. There are a few who have the innate ability to be mentally strong, but for the most of us, mental toughness must be nurtured and developed. The Mental Challenges of “Can’t” in Golf
I asked the golfing community; What is your most dreaded thought when swinging a #golf club? #InquiringMinds #justwondering #golfchat. This is what they said:
I am hoping that many golfers do not have any of these swing thoughts when they address the ball because that would be bad news all around.
When I address the ball I try not to think of anything swing related. I focus my thoughts on my aim point and my last thought is exactly where I want to hit the ball. Then I look at the ball, take a breath to calm myself and swing away. By doing this, I visualize my aim point and the ball seems to travel in that direction more often than not. However, the success of any golf swing starts with my thoughts.
Your golf thoughts do shape your golf game. I am a true believer that focusing on the positive aspects of my swing, game, course management, etc, I am building the foundation of success on the golf course. When negative thoughts creep into my mind, I banish them to the abyss. You are the only one who can control your thoughts, so why not make them positive and attract good things to your golf game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer golf blog.