You don’t have to train like PGA Tour pro to be successful at golf. Of course, if you want to achieve astonishing, record-breaking achievements, then practice is the only solution. But there are other ways to up your game. A successful golfer is a mix of both brains and brawn. Knowing how to focus your mind is perhaps even more important than the physical skill required to play golf. Here are five secrets successful golfers use to hit better shots.
Secret #1: Managing your mis-hits
Golf is all about you handle your bad shots. If you’re aiming for perfection every single time, you’ll be disappointed when a mis-hit comes along. And mis-hits are common, more so than a good straight shot down the fairway. So you’d better forget about hitting the ball right where you want it to go every single time. Instead, transform your game by treating each shot as a brand new event. Learning to separate shots from any other you’ve ever hit means you will learn to play in the moment. Don’t let one bad swing mess up your future swings.
Secret #2: Consistency
You’ll need consistency if you want to take your golf game to the next level. Achieving consistency means you have to control your emotions. Remain optimistic even if you’ve hit shots excessively to the left or the right. Also, resist the urge to get overly technical with your swings. Think less and reduce stress. If you clutter your mind with too many thoughts, you’ll struggle to develop consistency. Just imagine the last great drive you hit and let it rip.
Secret #3: Confidence
Building unwavering confidence is a major factor in playing golf to your maximum potential. Letting a bad shot affect you is counterproductive, so you’ll have to train your mind to prevent this from happening. First off, don’t be self-critical and beat yourself up over your mistakes. Get rid of negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Synchronize your body with your mind. If you picture your shot and focus less on what you fear, your body will respond to this visual stimulus. You simply need to believe in yourself to lift your spirits.
Secret #4: Being fit properly
Getting professionally fit for your golf clubs will provide additional consistency to your shots. You will benefit tremendously from a proper fitting than just buying clubs off the rack. Modern fitting is easy and effective and can be done at your local fitting store. It’s possible that you will identify a favorite club and the fitter will match it with every other club in your set. If you’re serious about golf, then you need to get serious about your equipment.
Secret #5: Maintaining a positive attitude
The role attitude plays in golf can determine your performance. Emotion affects your cognitive functioning, energy levels, and enjoyment of the game. If you’re dealing with a challenging situation, then it’s difficult to maintain a happy, positive outlook. But if you can change your mood and shift your perspective then you can enhance your performance. Reminisce in detail about one of your best shots. Or imagine playing with one of your most favorite people in the world. Try it out and see how changing your mood can help change your mind.