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PGA - Positive Golfing Attitude?

mental golf

A lower golf handicap may be just a state of mind.

The Mental Game of Golf

By Jill Jackson

You can have the very best golf equipment the most expensive coach, but it wont help you a damn if you do not have the right mindset. There are many famous quotes about golf being a game that is 90% played between the ears.

Your mind is the most powerful tool you possess, use it properly and you can move mountains. You need to be clear that if you do not have the right mental attitude you will not succeed.

We all have days when our golf game is great and then the next time we go out our game can be a complete disaster. So why is golf such a mental game?

Our mind is such a complex piece of equipment, we have two ways of thinking:

We get Inspiration and act on it.

We use the memories that are replaying in our mind of when we were in a similar situation. This goes a long way to explaining why you can sometimes hit the same bad shot on a particular hole.

Our subconscious mind is an incredible piece of technology, it stores everything we do as memories. The only problem is the subconscious mind cannot differentiate between good and bad memories. The vast majority of people go through their lives using these memories that are replaying in their mind. This is the reason people develop so many habits and find it so difficult to break them.

So how can we re-program our mind so that we act more on inspiration and only rely on the good memories we have stored?

There are lots of techniques you can use to try and reprogram your mind. The biggest problem is that so many people are just so skeptical about anything to do with changing their ways. I honestly believe that you must try these things believing they are going to make a difference.

Visualisation is a great tool, anybody can do this - we all dream don't we. Next time you are standing over a shot just picture in your mind you making the perfect golf swing and watch the ball soar into the distance and land exactly where you aimed it. Feels good doesn't it. You can use this technique for every shot you make, including putting.

Never be negative on the golf course. As soon as you say something negative you are putting this thought into your mind. You have got to realise how powerful the mind is - if I say to you "do not think about a big pink flying elephant" I bet you have that image right now in your mind? You must be positive on the golf course, always imagine and state that you are going to make a great shot.

Control your emotions on the course. If you see players throwing clubs around you can practically guarantee that their next shot is going to be a bad one.

One other area that is being used more and more for mind training is NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). NLP is the modern science of the mind it uses physiology and the unconscious mind to adapt thought processes which means that negative habits and behaviour can be changed into positive ones. These are recordings that will put you into a light trance and then make suggestions to your subconscious mind. Sounds strange but I have tried them and have never felt so relaxed.

So these are a few ideas for you to think about. To put it simply - in golf as it is in life - if you can't imagine it you will never achieve it!

Jill Jackson writes articles for the usefulgolftips website

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