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Golf Mental Game Tips To Help You Improve Your Scores

Dec 18, 2007
Learning the mental game of golf well is one of the key elements that can help you to become a better player. This aspect of golf is particularly important for those golfers that wish to pursue golf as a profession. At the highest levels of golf it is the mental game that separates the best from the rest. However mastering the mental game of golf can also be very beneficial even for the high handicap weekend golfer looking to shave a few strokes of their score. Here are some golf mental tips to help you improve at this great game.

Build and maintain confidence:

Confidence is one of the key elements to building a solid golf game. You must do whatever you can to build and maintain confidence. Never hit a golf shot if you doubt your abilities in executing the shot. If you find yourself doubting your ability to hit a particular shot you need to step back and rebuild complete confidence that you will be able to hit the shot exactly as you want.

Only remember the great shots:

You must learn to develop a selective memory if you want to become the best player you can be. A selective memory is one that remembers certain events and forgets others. You must choose to remember the best shots you have ever made and forget the misses and poor shots. This is not easy to do at the start especially if you have a habit of dwelling on your misses.

Each day remind yourself of the top five golf shots you have ever hit in your life. Make sure that one of those is at least a putt as high confidence is critical in consistently good putting. Every time you hit a poor shot learn whatever you can from it and then simply remind yourself that the next shot you hit will go exactly as planned.

Create a powerful mental routine:

You have probably been told that you need to build a routine of some sort if you want to play better or more consistently. If you watch the professionals you will notice that many of them go through certain physical motions on every shot. There are two aspects to every good golf routine and that is the mental routine and physical routine.

The mental routine is far more important than the physical routine so do not get obsessed with trying to do things perfectly physically on every shot. In fact it is best to have some element of flexibility in your physical routine to adjust to varying conditions that you will undoubtedly face on the golf course. However the mental routine cannot vary and there is an ideal mindset that will allow you to execute each shot with your full potential.

So what is the ideal way to think before you hit a shot? Well, many people like to visualize the shot and see it landing on the green or they see the putt dropping in the hole. The bottom line is that you must believe in your ability to execute the shot before you hit the shot or the putt. Perhaps the biggest key to the mental routine is how you think just before you make contact with the ball.

Your mind must be sharply focused on the target and you must block out all other thoughts. You must learn to develop a quiet mind before every shot and trust that your brain and body can execute the shot automatically without any swing thoughts or other mechanical thoughts. This is perhaps how the best players in the world think before most shots and it is the mentality that also may work best under intense pressure. Use some of these simple tips to help you lower your golf handicap.
About the Author
Mary is an online researcher, avid golfer and a contributor to a site on golf tips. Be sure to visit the section on putting tips to help lower your golf handicap.
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