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Being Postive - The Right Attitude

Feb 11, 2008
If you want to improve your golf game it is more than the kit you choose or the shots you make. Let's face it if it was going to be that easy, we could all have single figure handicaps.

We all 'think' or talk to ourselves in our minds up to 70% of the time. We start thinking from the moment we get up until we fall asleep at night. Has someone ever said to you ' what are you thinking about?'

The 'thinking' we do when we play golf is very important. You probably have heard people saying things like:- I can never seem to play this hole well - My ball sees the water and heads straight for it - That bunker and I just don't get on - I usually have a good score until I get to the 16th.

So why bother going out, because as soon as it happens we say ' What did I tell you it happens every time!' Why should it surprise you - you've already told yourself that it's going to, so you were right. What you need to start doing is to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones.

So what stops us being positive?

'Thought barriers' are not always easy to recognize, but we all have them. Amazingly you can be the most confident and positive person socially, at home or work. Why is it that a different person takes over when we step onto a golf course?

Do you recognize any of these:

She plays off 10, I have no chance. Of course she will know the rules, she's played for 18 years. I don't have the same confidence that these youngsters have. On some days I just don't seem to be lucky. I never seem to be able to get over the water.

These phrases are negative thoughts. If your mindset is negative and you are thinking in a negative way, then these thoughts are very likely to come true.

It is important to change your mindset to a more positive approach. You should tell yourself "YOU CAN" then YOU WILL.

Look at the examples above and change them to a more positive approach.

The 10 handicapper is beatable because you have more shots, they could be having an off day or you could just play exceptionally well.

It is possible that even people who have played golf for many years do not have a correct interpretation of the rules, and you should always challenge if you believe that you are right.

Youngsters may well be more confident, but they lack experience and course management skills.

It's amazing that the more positive you are the luckier you'll get.

I can get over this water with the correct club and the right attitude.

Remember when you are on the course to motivate yourself, because your playing partner wont!!.

Bad shots should be forgotten, move on - you can't change what has been done. It's important to concentrate over each and every shot - don't allow yourself to be distracted. You don't know what the rest of the field is doing, so don't give up if you have a bad hole, or you're having a bad round.

Before you go out, set yourself a realistic target that you want to achieve. Do you want to break 80, 90, 100 - what about getting a certain number of pars or birdies, just think of anything that will motivate you to make a better score.

Keep thinking positive and your game will improve. Every shot that you attempt should be will full concentration and positive commitment.
About the Author
Is there a secret formula to lower your handicap? Read more great articles by June-Anne Jones about the skills and techniques needed to help improve your golf game. More articles on ladies golf sets and information on ladies golf clothes
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