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Golf equipment and the golf ball have come a long way from the days of elastic wound balls and bladed clubs, but with all this new gear coming out so frequently, why is golf still so tough? By James Bargeron


t’s certainly no secret the top performers now work on both their swing and their minds, something that most club golfers don’t do, but it’s the biggest challenge they face and the area many golfers struggle with. Here are six of the best ways to improve your mental game and maintain enjoyment during your round. Prepare: How you prepare is vital. Getting your mind into a positive state before you even get to the golf course will help you focus on what you’re looking to achieve. If you’re anxious before you even tee off, it will be difficult to control your mind on the course when you face some tough shots or putts. Language: How you speak to

yourself or what you say to others about your game is key. Telling yourself or others that “I can’t putt” or “I always hit it into the lake” only affirms this into your mind. Changing this to something more positive like “My putting is improving” will help develop a more positive attitude and actions. Pressure: Many players say they are relaxed on the putting green or range but as soon as they’re on the course they tense up and get jittery. Making your practice more challenging and replicating the pressure on the course will help your mind get used to it. Play within yourself: Don’t let your mind make appointments your game can’t keep. Trying to hit 300 yard plus drives isn’t going to help your game Ian Poulter had a challenging time a couple of years ago and when asked earlier this year, what’s the greatest skill to have in the game of golf today, he said:

A really good mind and mental strength

if you’re a mid-handicap golfer. Golf is great on tv, watching the best in the world but club golfers aren’t able to play at that level. It’s no different than trying

Your mind holds the key to your success at golf and your enjoyment of the ‘greatest game of all’ Jack Nicklaus

to drive like Lewis Hamilton after you’ve just watched him win another race, it’s a recipe for disaster. Stay present: Many golfers focus on trying to get lost shots back or problems which cause them to get anxious or frustrated and does nothing to help them stay calm and smooth in their swing. Learn to focus on each shot Staying present will really help improve your scores. ACCEPTANCE: Learning to accept whatever happens is a skill and an important one. It takes time but is worth it and will help you stay calm and improve your concentration. If you would like to know more information on how to work with James and how he may be able to help you and your game. www.golfing-minds.com T: 07928 914666



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