One thing that many people struggle with when it comes to golf is the mental approach. Golf is more than just physicality, the mind has a lot to do with it too. The three main parts of golfing are preparation, mental strength, and endurance. There is a good chance you have a good start then you find yourself having a hard time in the next three holes which ends up ruining your round. You should learn to avoid fear and frustrations that tend to creep in the mind when you have a bad round. Below are some golf psychology tips that will go a long way in helping you.
Pre-shot routine for many people is the most important part of the process. Having a pre-shot routine will help in keeping the mind occupied and you will not have time to entertain fear creeping in. Fear can easily turn a great player’s round into a disaster. With a pre-shot routine, you can keep fear at bay. Whether the fear is of the next shot you are about to take or the fear of repeating a mistake you made with the previous shot, a pre-shot routine will help with this.
Once you have done the pre-shot routine and the next thing is hitting the shot, you will need to decide where to look when hitting the shot. Many people are usually not sure and will just try out different options to see which one works best for them. Before taking the shot, your mind should be clear and the best way you can achieve this is by looking at the dimple on the ball. You should put your focus on hitting the dimple of the ball.
When you have hit the shot and moving to the next one, the last thing that should be on your mind is the shot. This is important if you want to remain relaxed. You should never think about the shots you have taken or the shots you wish you could take back. A good way to distract your brain is counting backward or counting the steps you take. Your mind will be occupied and you will end up being calm before taking the next shot.
When you hit a bad shot, go for your “go-to-shot”
There are times when you hit a bad shot, and this happens to the best. A go-to shot is the one that you always know gives you an acceptable distance and accuracy. You should develop one if you don’t have. It will help in building up your confidence and momentum, and this will go a long way in helping you get back on track
Every shot is a new challenge
You should not think about what has gone wrong before, your objective should be getting into the hole from your position in as few shots as possible. If you take a shot and it ends in a tough spot, just see it as another challenge. Start from scratch with each shot. Whatever the situation is, just focus on it like it is a new challenge.