Men­tal clar­ity

The Signal - - Golf - with Hans Ker­st­ing

Iwas read­ing an ar­ti­cle re­cently that was dis­cussing the top 10 men­tal mis­takes in golf. The list was well thought out and was re­lated in a way that most golfers can un­der­stand. I’d like to dis­cuss a few of the men­tal mis­takes that I feel most strongly about.

„As­so­ci­at­ing with neg­a­tive peo­ple This is a mis­take that ap­plies not only to the golf course, but also in life. Noth­ing good hap­pens when we as­so­ciate with neg­a­tive peo­ple. On the golf course, the neg­a­tive per­son is the one who is never sat­is­fied with any­thing they do on the golf course. This at­ti­tude can be drain­ing, and it can def­i­nitely have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on your golf game is you are as­so­ci­ated with some­body like this.

▪ Mak­ing any par­tic­u­lar event or match spe­cial

This is an im­por­tant les­son to learn. I see play­ers all of the time who place so much pres­sure on them­selves to play well, that they don’t en­joy them­selves on the golf course. There is value in treat­ing a tour­na­ment round of golf the same as a ca­sual round with your friends. Work on con­vinc­ing your­self in your mind to treat every round of golf the same and you will be­come a much more con­sis­tent player.

„Us­ing ex­treme self-talk that puts ex­tra pres­sure on you

This is per­haps the most com­mon men­tal mis­take a player can make. We all suf­fer from this at cer­tain points on the golf course. Neg­a­tive self-talk re­stricts a play­ers abil­ity to fully com­mit to a plan, and ul­ti­mately leads to play­ing golf out of fear. Rather than fo­cus­ing on what you’d like to have hap­pen, you in­stead fo­cus on what you hope doesn’t hap­pen.

Golf is an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult game to learn, even if you have a great at­ti­tude. If you have a poor at­ti­tude, golf can be an im­pos­si­ble game to learn. Work on over­com­ing these men­tal mis­takes and you will be on your way to be­com­ing a bet­ter golfer.

Metro Cre­ative

Neg­a­tive self-talk re­stricts a play­ers abil­ity to fully com­mit to a plan, and ul­ti­mately leads to play­ing golf out of fear.

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