Good skill and a strong mind is key to a great game of golf

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I WENT back to my tour play re­cently after an in­jury kept me out of ac­tion for a lengthy pe­riod of time.

I was for­tu­nate to have my dad (Ra­jen) on my bag and the week didn’t pro­duce a win, but it cer­tainly shot up my con­fi­dence lev­els.

The Sun­shine Tour is one of the tough­est tours in the world – you don’t just need a solid golf game, you need to be men­tally pre­pared. In all hon­esty, I was not men­tally pre­pared for my re­turn to com­pet­i­tive ac­tion.

A few weeks ago, I hit a shank. A shank, in golf­ing terms, is the ball that shoots off to the right of your tar­get.

This neg­a­tive shot stuck into my mind. Dur­ing the sec­ond round of play, my dad just made a sim­ple com­ment: “You haven’t shanked in two days.” That line trig­gered an­other cell and I went on to play my usual at­tack­ing-the-pin style of golf.

Golf is not as easy as it looks. While we’re out for hours on the range, mind-work­ing is also a huge fac­tor in the game.

For any up-and-com­ing golfer want­ing to turn pro, I sug­gest you start work­ing on im­prov­ing your men­tal strength from the early stages.

Good skill with­out a strong mind will never let you go un­der par.

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