Mental Golf Game and Instinct - Breaking 80 in Golf (Part 2)

Golf is more a mental game than a physical game.” As clichéd as this phrase sounds, it does hold truth. Think of a round of golf like a game of chess where you have to think at least one step ahead of your opponent so that you use your energy the best way you can. Always keep in mind that your brain dictates what your body does and the more we control how we think, the greater chance of success in our golf shot management – and our score!

So, let your brain tell the body what to do before you actually do it to enhance your mental golf game. Instinct in golf is more important than skills. Trust the right side of your brain and allow it to dominate the left side (read the The Inner Game of Golfby Tim Gallwey). Focus on things you know you can do successfully. I believe you can break 80 in golf by re-organizing the power of your mind. The general idea is to relax and take the pressure off thinking about too many technical issues when getting ready to hit the ball.

5 areas to enhance mental golf game and instinct in golf:

1.  Grip

Feel comfortable while holding the golf club, and to do so you need to be relaxed. The great players believe that the golf club grip is the most important part of your swing. Basically just use enough pressure to keep the club in your hands and to securely hit the ball. Forget about the position of your hands, but make sure the clubface is square to the ball.

2.  Positioning

Just take a look at where you want to hit the golf ball and then swing. Align your shoulders to hit the shot that you want. But don’t dwell on it.

3.  Backswing

Take the club back slowly and surely – maybe even a half swing and then commit yourself.

4.  Finish

Like a dancer, finish the movement completely once you’ve committed to the shot.

5.  The Score and Partners

Forget about score and the partners around you during play, you will be surprised how much better you will play. Enter your own world – think about those things which have pleased you in the past. Focus on successful events.

The brain can influence the outcome of your game; therefore, make sure you use it to the optimum.

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Mae Russell April 11, 2011

Wow, you have a nice post there. Very informative for a newbie like me. I agree that in order for you to deliver that “shot” you have to able to concentrate and use your mind.

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Tommy Priest April 27, 2011

We’ll be writing more and more about the most important aspect of the game.

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