The Mental Aspect of Golf – How it Affects You
We know that professional golfers have sports psychologists to help them deal with the mental aspect of their golf game. But how do we, the amateur golfers, handle the mental aspect of golf? If you have learned the proper techniques, purchased great equipment, play on a nice course and practiced hours and hours, how can your mind possibly affect your game that much?
“Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears. ”
Golf is known as a mental game that is affected by your thoughts and your mood. Many people learn to golf without realizing that it is not just the physical part of playing golf that you need to work on but it is also necessary to equip yourself with the knowledge and confidence to do your personal best.
Having the right thoughts AND attitude during your round will usually result in better results and thus lower scores. Replaying a bad shot over and over will only prove to be detrimental to the rest of your round.
Do you have a love/hate relationship with golf?
Are you new to the game and hoping to gain some consistency or have you played for many years but still struggle with parts of the game?
We have all experienced the results when we tell ourselves NOT to do something on the golf course. Results in us doing it anyway. For example, how many times have you told yourself “keep your head down” but then as you swing through you lift your head?
How many times have you told yourself “don’t go in the bunker (sand trap)”? Where do you end up? Smack in the middle of the bunker! Ugh…totally frustrating! What about the dreaded water hazard for newer golfers?
When I was a new golfer if I saw water, guarantee the ball in water! I would stand over my shot and say “do NOT go into the water”. I guess I do not have to tell you where I ended up 9 out of 10 times!
On this website, we hope to share our personal golf experiences and exchange ideas and suggestions that can help others that are struggling or learning or seeking to improve their golfing skills. Equipping ourselves with the knowledge and tools that will help us to practice positive thoughts and have a new outlook out on the golf course.
Whether we share tips, stories, products or whatever it may be we encourage you to let us know what has helped you improve. There are many golf magazines, golf videos and golf sites available. Many of them provide insight and training from the Pro golfer’s experience and perspective. We enjoy reading those and have learned a lot from them.
This website in no way tries to replace those resources and tools but rather add to your golf toolbox.
Unlike the Pro golfer, the everyday, recreational golfer does not have trainers, sports psychologists, swing coaches, very expensive equipment and the hours on the golf course that are required to play at the Pro level. What we do have is what we have learned through different resources, whether those are books, classes, videos, training equipment or simply watching others and applying those things we learn on the golf course.
By trial and error, we discover what works and what does not work. We continue that cycle in our goal to continue to improve our golf game and our mental approach to the game.
My husband has been playing since he was 10 years of age and started to teach me what he knew about golf when I was 49 years of age. I learned to apply some of the techniques that worked for him and got great results and saw significant improvements in my swing, putting and chipping techniques.
However, I realized that what works for him does not always work for me and I had to find my own “swing” and my own routine in order to continue to improve my game.
In pursuit of improving my golfing skills and mastering the mental aspect of the game, I have spent the last 5-6 years finding and testing golf techniques, reading and practicing until I find what works for me. However, no matter how much I improve my swing or my chipping or putting, the biggest hurdle for me continues to be the mental part of the game.
Every time I go out on the golf course I have the following goals: stay positive, visualize good shots and don’t dwell on the bad shots. Easy, isn’t it? Of course not. I understand that I can be my own worst critic and can make or break my round with my thoughts.
What type of information can you expect to find on this site?
Whether you have played golf for a long time or you are brand new to golf, we hope that we can inspire, encourage and motivate you to enjoy golf for many years by offering tips and/or solutions for the various aspects of golf that can affect our thoughts on the golf course.
Click on our blogs to read about:
- The physical aspect: If your body is not feeling its best your golf game will suffer.
- Equipment: If your clubs are not giving you the best results it will impact your confidence level on the course.
- Social aspect: Who we play with and the types of tournaments or games we are involved help shape our golf game over the years.
- Techniques: Offering tips and improvement ideas for putting, pace, golf swing, chipping, etc.
- Product Reviews to help you decide on products that might help improve your game of golf.
- Our Store: links to retailers, such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, etc. We will add any we find that have great deals so that you can go right to their sites to shop.
We look forward to hearing your feedback!