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What’s your philosophy for the mental aspect of the game?

What’s your philosophy for the mental aspect of the game?
The game of golf is often referred to as the game that is played between the ears. Well, since so much of the game is mental, we asked our golf professionals for some tips on the mental side that can help you improve.

Golf is Not a Game of “Being Perfect”

Golf is a game of misses. It is not a game where we need to be perfect. And when we hit good shots, followed by bad ones, it is important to remember to not let our highs get too high or our lows get too low. Having a good pre-shot routine, using good golf swing tempo and trusting a good golf instructor to personally consult with, is essential. My advice it to relax and have fun more, try not to take yourself too seriously and find a local PGA Golf Professional for regular coaching sessions. Enjoy your game!

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The Country Club of Virginia

Adam Smith

Head Golf Instructor

James River Golf Course

The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA

A simple plan to develop focus, confidence and improve your mental game!

Yogi Berra once said ( referring to baseball) “the game is 90% mental and the other half is physical!” I agree with him 140 percent when talking about golf!!!

Most golfers don’t come anywhere close to performing at their potential and capability, simply because they don’t manage the rational thought process for becoming strong mentally! Actually most don’t address this area at all. Everyone should spend some time exploring this area to become a good player. I define a “good” player as someone who plays to their given ability without sabotaging themselves with self-doubt, nervous tension, random effort, or simply by getting too emotionally involved in the outcome of the shot or score.

Developed from playing, and observing great players over the years, here is a simple, tried and true method to build a strong mental golf game. Understand that there are no shortcuts or exceptions!

Confidence and the ability to focus and play the game well are developed through a good honest evaluation of your past and present performance. We can’t always play well, but we can ALWAYS control how we behave, prepare, warm-up, commit to our routine, and simply put our best effort every time we practice and play. All shots should have equal value, whether it is on the range or on the course. Include these elements in your practice and playing routine. Learn to take a deep breath and relax, learn to trust your routine, and swing. Learn to identify your best effort, put that into every shot, accept the outcome, and move on to the next! There is no guarantee of a good shot at that moment, but it does guarantee that you will hit more solid shots than you would otherwise!!!!!

Its really about quality and not quantity!
Go out, relax, have fun, and hit every shot you play with your best effort!

Olde School Golf School

Bob Kotowski

PGA Golf Professional

Director of Instruction

Olde School Golf School, Buellton, CA

Mental aspect of golf

Golfers must be mentally ready to achieve the outcome of the shot they’re attempting to hit. Visualizing the shot, feeling the shot by making the practice swing for the shot and trusting the swing you make is going to provide the desired outcome is incredibly important.

Oneputt Productions, Inc

Charlie Starrs

PGA Golf Professional

President

Oneputt Productions, Inc. , Miami Beach, FL

Relaxation and Concentration

Mental control of your golf game is a developmental process. It starts with having fun playing the game. That does not mean you have to be good to enjoy the game but it helps. A simple mantra that best describes playing the game of golf is that golf is a game of total relaxation, then total concentration. See the shot, feel the shot, trust the shot. As your golf IQ improves, so will your golf game. Trust and confidence comes from focused practice and setting specific goals. Keep it simple and achievable.

Ducky O'Toole

PGA Golf Professional

DNA Golf, Carmel, CA

Visualization and Emotions

I believe one of the most under practiced skills is visualization ! Every shot , every curve , etc. should be pictured clearly in your minds eye! Just like any other skill it must be practiced and believed ! Players must develop there own techniques for emotional control!! If a players emotions are running wild while playing golf it can be very difficult to perform at a high level ! Some people have trained themselves to play better FIRED UP , and some have to stay calm , we are all different !

James Butcher

PGA Director of Golf Fitness

Kiawah Island Club - River Course, Kiawah Island, SC

You must have a physical game developed to a certain point to where learning the mental game become and more important ingredient to the total golfer.

The mind is the computer. The Mental game is an important element of playing the game and in learning the game. However, a basic Camry will not race against a formula 1 race car no matter how much it tries to believe it can.

You must have a physical game developed to a certain point to where learning the mental game become and more important ingredient to the total golfer.

Skill and technical ability is a must and a strong mental game build best when it is in conjunction with someone who can swing the club and strike the ball with some sense of consistency.

The total player at some point will need to focus and develop a mental component to the game. Strategy, artistry, technical ability all form the complete player …. a person who knows how to PLAY the game will always reign over someone which just a pretty motion. Seek the total package and the mental game will be an important ingredient.

Joey Pickavance

Director of Golf

Golf is 80% mental and 40% mental

That’s easy Golf is 80% mental and 40% mental…

David Stephens

PGA Golf Professional

Founder

David Stephens Golf, Westminster, CA

Mental aspect of golf

Golfers must be mentally ready to achieve the outcome of the shot they’re attempting to hit. Visualizing the shot, feeling the shot by making the practice swing for the shot and trusting the swing you make is going to provide the desired outcome is incredibly important.

Oneputt Productions, Inc

Charlie Starrs

PGA Golf Professional

President

Oneputt Productions, Inc. , Miami Beach, FL