Building Mental Strength In Golf

Equally important as a grooved swing is a strong mental game. Like you swing mechanics and course management players need to dedicate time to build mental strength in order to avoid a miss hit due to pressure or stress. The challenge for most players is not dedicating the time to fortify their ability to perform under pressure. It really is an important aspect of focused training overlook by many. The question for most is: ‘how do I build mental strength to perform under pressure’? Well, that is a great question indeed.

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How to Create the Golf Game You Want

Over many posts, I add a line of “create the day you want!” I believe that we have control of our daily actions and as such are able to dictate the path we choose on any given day. This mindfulness thought process is at the core of my daily life. All my actions or in-actions create the day I intend. It is not a difficult concept, but on that has a profound impact on my overall well-being. Well, my golf game is the result of the same mental thinking!

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I Will Putt That, Thank You.

I recently asked the question about being offered a guarantee two putt from 15 feet or further during your entire round. My intent was that you had to take the every time. I was wondering how many players would take the offer. There is the results:

I have to say that I am not really surprised. Most players, including myself, think that if you are putting, no matter the distance, we are confident that we can sink the putt. This poll brought an idea to mind that I would like to share.

Confidence is critical to low golf scores. You have heard me discuss this in the past, but it is a topic that warrants repeating. I still like David MacKenzie from Golf State of Mind views of how to build confidence in your golf game. (for a more detailed explanation click here) Here is what he has to say:

  • Don’t be Self Critical.
  • Don’t Give Yourself Technical Feedback on the Golf Course.
  • Visualize and Feel.
  • Develop a Strong Shot Routine.
  • React Indifferently to Bad Shots.
  • Take Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone.
  • Change Your Goals.
  • Focus On What You Did Well.
  • Recall pass success.
  • Believe in Yourself!

Confidence in your golf swing, course management, and the mental side of golf goes along way to being a scratch golfer. Every time I tee it up, I hope to shoot my best score ever and have the confidence in my game to do it! I continually work on my game in my perceived areas of weakness and in turn this builds my confidence to perform well on the course.

How confident are you in your game?

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

Fixing your Golf Swing in One Easy Step

I have the sure fire way to fix your golf swing in one easy step! It came to me while playing golf yesterday. It fits every level of player and can be adopted with little or no trouble. Yup, it is amazing how simple it is and I am not surprised that I did not think of it sooner.

For $19.95, I will send you blah, blah, blah…..how many times have I read or heard about the one solution that will fix everything. The funny thing is that I do believe there is one thing that any golfer can do to improve their swing at any given time.

Yesterday, I was playing golf with a couple of friends and someone I never met before named Kevin. Kevin is our club champion and his swing is as smooth as silk. He was always in control and his shot routine was flawless. However, what caught my attention was his tempo! It was always the same regardless of which club he was using. After watching him, I realized that my swing tempo was way out sync!

After coming back from a long break, my swing was actually out of sync regardless of my scores. Watching Kevin I realized that if I fixed my tempo, many of my swing challenges would be fixed. So, I decided to slow down my tempo. I know, this is the wrong time, but I our season is quickly coming to a close and I need to take advantage of every opportunity to improve my game.

Immediately I found success! My ball striking improved and my confidence increased. I felt better about my swing and hoped that it would continue through that round and during my next. So, I today headed for a quick 9 to see if my new-found success was still around. And to my surprise and happiness, my slower tempo is still working.

This video is an example of my tempo that is quicker than I want:

I go back to my original statement, ‘fixing your swing in one easy step’ is possible and anyone can do it! However, I will admit that finding that one area to change can be challenging, but it is possible. It just takes time and patience to work your way through whatever it is you want to fix.

The only real suggestion I have is that once you decide on what you are going to change, do it with confidence, focus and intent. It will be challenging at first, but you what you can conceive and believe, you can achieve!

I am a grateful golfer!