There’s more to golf than just practice. Mental toughness plays a major role in how good a golfer you can become.
Focus and confidence are two of the major aspects of one’s mental golf game, and consequently it dictates one’s overall golf performance. In any game, having positive thoughts and confidence is the key to winning. However, a golfer must pay close attention to their golf game and golf swing as well. If a player does not have confidence in himself, it is very likely that he/she will not hit a good shot, and that results in a golf game that is not very good.
Trusting yourself and trusting your abilities are something that develops over time, as you slowly master this game. There are many factors that can contribute to a low confidence level, including the equipment one plays with, injuries and the condition of a player’s body. Another contributing factor is also the inability to devote enough time on the golf course. Low confidence level can also plague the best golfers, and many of these golfers cannot play to the best of their abilities because of it.
There are three factors that were mentioned above, that can contribute towards one’s lack of confidence: equipment, one’s body, and not playing for a while. As strange as it may sound, if you have the best equipment but you’re not feeling good about it, chances are you won’t play well. You’ve got to have equipment that you feel good about. And if you’re feeling down about a sports injury or about the way your body jerks, you’ve got to address that. If you don’t, then in addition to playing with those “irregularities”, you’ll be playing with low confidence as well. And if you haven’t been out there in a while, you may feel rusty. That feeling alone can bring down your overall game!
An important aspect of a player’s game is their concentration. A player’s concentration is very important to maintain a consistent golf swing, and subsequently a consistent golf game. A player’s concentration can be shattered by even the smallest of sounds: passing cars, bugs flying around, and motions and noises made by other golfers are some of them. However, any movement or noise could potentially break a golfer’s concentration.
It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the mind in a game of golf. There is no such thing as "muscle memory" here. Memory resides in your head. Therefore, no matter how long you practice your swing, no matter how skilled you have become, your muscles alone can't remember it and execute it when the need arises. Your muscles and the rest of your body are controlled by your mind. Unless your mind is functioning well when you play golf, your muscles are going to flounder. If your head is full of bad thoughts, your scorecard is going to be full of bad strokes.Having control of your mind and using it properly can separate you from the competition. Every golfer has the potential to be much better than yesterday, and using the mind is one essential way to improve one’s game.
You will never know if you have the ability to be the best player in the world, or the best player in your club, unless you commit yourself to developing both your physical and mental skills. Golf is the ultimate “Mind-Body Game.” A favorite quote by Arnold Palmer depicts this sentiment: “Golf is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated. It frustrates the intellect and satisfies the soul.”
Get out of results and get into the process
There's a goal set up for golf and it's called a "process goal." Success comes from patiently and persistently doing the right thing over and over again. Process goals are the "to-do lists" of players striving for excellence. The process is what gives you a chance to find out how good you can be.
Here is a set of process goals for a round of golf. If you follow them, you'll give yourself your best chance to find out how well you can play in that particular round. Trust yourself and swing on every shot. You may not have absolute control of where the ball goes, but you do have absolute control on whether you trust yourself. Execute the pre-shot routine on every shot and stay in the present. Don’t speculate in the middle of a round about what the score will be, or where you will stand in the tournament. Stop worrying about breaking 90, 80 or 70. Don’t critique or analyze the shots. Focus on each shot as it comes, and that should be the only shot you care about. When it's over, see how you did.
What successful people do in a certain way and how the mind of Life Success Coach, Bob Proctor works is by becoming more aware of these paradigms and patterns of human behavior and how they emotionally prime our actions into results. These subconscious feelings will continue to create similar results in the same situations until awareness and desire to change begins the reprogramming toward what it is that you really want. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Tiger Woods, who has through results formed a positive paradigm that gives him 100% success rate when leading a major championship going into the final round. How important are these paradigms for success? STRONG! Thoughts connected to feelings direct the action into results. All the thoughts should be focused on preparation and execution. How many of us can boast of the same? Some golfer’s minds look like “Young Frankenstein meets Popular Mechanic.” Padraig is separating himself through amazing mental disciplines of thinking and doing things in a certain way, every time. This is what breeds confidence in great golf champions. The amazing thing is that we are all capable of doing it. We don’t need to possess a genius’ IQ to be organized and focused in thought. Here is an example of a well -focused mind:
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it, “work.” As Jack Nicklaus says, “Confidence is probably the most important factor in playing golf to your potential.” Something that all PGA Tour players have in common is confidence. They all have the same swagger and confident demeanor. Some of this confidence comes from hitting a lot of golf balls and winning tournaments, but much of it comes from within. But this can be practiced every time we play. Most people have been brought up in a culture that views acceptance as a weakness rather than strength. It's viewed as giving in, giving up, not caring; it's not very macho. We live in a society that talks proudly about "zero defects" and "zero tolerance." To an ambitious golfer, the natural tendency becomes refusal to accept mistakes. But in golf, because humans are flawed, and the game is so difficult, mistakes are going to happen. Accepting them is not a weakness. It's an important part of getting stronger and mentally tougher, a part of resilience, of being able to hang in there during a round, of recovering from errors and finishing with a good score.The Law of Attraction: “Thoughts Become Things, attract to you what you are thinking about, good or bad. I have lost every time I have led going into a major. I don’t want to set any expectations because I don’t want to be disappointed or disappoint others again!” Replace the latter with a statement of gratitude such as, “I am joyful and grateful now that I am focused on preparation and executing one shot at a time toward my ideal goal.”
Golfing at Gokarna Forest Resort
Inspired by the myth, magic and mystery of the once forbidden valley, David Kidd of Gleneagles Golf Developments, pitted his skills against those of nature, creating a golf masterpiece. Spread over 140 acres at 4,550 ft above sea level, the 6,755 yard par 72 course boasts the only bentgrass greens on an 18 hole course in South and South East Asia.
Professionals from across the world have visited Gokarna Forest Resort to experience the divine sprit of the environment and uniqueness of the golf course. The serenity and settings are overwhelming with the only distraction probably being the sighting of a spotted deer, a barking deer or monkeys who wander freely in the vicinity.
Soft cushions of local Bermuda fairways, lush unyielding forests, winding streams, wandering hills and valleys that open to a holy river's plain. Cynical monkey's watch your progress. Shy spotted deer peer through the trees. The lofty Himalayas keep your score. A delight for recreational golfers and one of the pleasurable highlights of the professional tour in the region.