STEVE BANN’S 4 STEPS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
Make practice fun and successful
IN my experience, the single most important mental skill for a golfer to have is confidence. The fundamental reason a golfer should venture to the practice range and short game area is to practise for the purpose of finding and building confidence, or to maintain pre-existing confidence in their ability to hit shots in all shot type categories from putting through to the driver.
What exactly is confidence? And why does it come and go seemingly for no apparent reason? Why is it that many golfers can hit the ball well or chip and putt well when they practise, but when they go out on the course it all falls apart and they don’t feel any confidence in their ability to play?
I believe confidence is a direct result of preparation and experience. Confidence is not some mystical belief that cannot be substantiated by tangible evidence that it exists. Confidence is knowing you can do something because you have done it before, or at least you have simulated doing it in practice enough times that you just know you can do it again in competition. Once a golfer has executed a shot successfully in competition they then have a real and powerful experience to recall for future shot confidence.
All this I am sure you have heard before, but you still may have not have been taught “ The Confidence Cycle” and a strategy of how to implement it into your own practice program. My first experience with learning about the Confidence Cycle came about when I attended coaching seminars at the Victorian Institute of Sport back when I was the Head Coach for golf in the early 1990’s. What I soon realised was that all successful golfers and sporting people practise this way — whether it is structured in a formal approach or quite instinctive. Without exception, unsuccessful golfers fail to practise using the Confidence Cycle.
There are four steps to the Confidence Cycle and as you read this you may realise that you never get past the first step when you practise. If this is the case, with a bit of discipline and a new approach, a whole new world of playing the game is about to open up to you.
Some golfers may already understand that they are practising technique or practising golf. Therefore they at least get to step two of the four steps (and play golf well) but never experience absolute confidence with their shot execution.
The four steps below will seem very familiar to any business person, because the reason they are successful and confident with their product or service is because they have followed the four steps of the Confidence Cycle. These same business people may also very soon realise that they don’t prepare to play golf the same way as they run their business.
The four steps to competing with confidence: Step one. Technique ( Learn the correct technique.)
Many golfers practise technique exclusively. They are constantly working on positions, moves, pivots or the latest trend of swing style — mostly based on who is winning currently on the tour or the new fad advertised on The Golf Channel.
Good technique is an absolute if you are going to play golf with confidence consistently, so your technique must be attended to in every practice session. Technique by itself will give you some
Developing (and practising) the proper technique is critical to developing confidence