Golf Mentally – Mental Strength in Golfing
The way to success
„Golf is 90% mental.“ Jack Nicklaus
Many trends for the creation of new personal awareness areas have developed during the last years and got established in today’s society. Above all the general fitness trend, which made a broad entry into many areas of life. Also trends such as healthy nutrition (bio trend) or generally the trend of natural products also in other fields like construction material, textiles etc. are highly visible.
All these trends have one thing in common: Creating more complacency in many
areas of life!!
The application of mental training in golfing
In the field of sports the necessity of training the mental strengths has been a decisive factor for a long time now. Every top athlete, i. e. each professional team can hardly cope without a mental trainer in reaching the very top.
Consequently top athletes are the target group, which most of all have come to appreciate the effects of mental training methods. But not only top athletes are subject to this special field, the possibilities of application of this type of training seem endless especially for hobby and recreational sports people.
Talking about the sport of golfing you repeatedly hear that 90 % of the sport takes place in the minds of people – that means mentally influenced. The amount of people who are involved in an active, structured mental training with a golf mental coach is far below the 10 % limit. Everybody is aware of the fact that the mental dimension plays an important role, only a few devote the required acknowledgement to this dimension.
Often the golfer asks himself the question: “What is in my way to reach my targets?” Generally speaking one could say that these are fears, stress and dogmas. Most obstacles are based in our minds.
Psychological tension and fears can result in a lack of concentration and derogations of physical abilities. Stress and fears can appear as indecision, a lack of self-confidence or a lack of motivation.
Every golfer has often noticed that our thinking and feeling has sustainably influenced the golfing but of course only always when they related to negative or disturbing thoughts or emotions such as anger and frustration. The fact that this could also be implemented in a positive way is quite obvious. By means of an activation and target-oriented deployment of certain moods and emotions, the positive feeling can be produced and thereby the potential can be fully accentuated.
Some sports people, who have shown weak performances, lose the confidence in their abilities of being able to do it better the next time. Everybody who is scared of failures does not tend to bring up the motivation to give it another try. Very often the fear of failure is the background of our behaviour. Or we are scared of tackling it altogether, as soon as the danger of not being able to handle it seems too high.
With the support of golf mental training:
- blocking thoughts and dogmas are unravelled
- wearing emotions (e.g. fears, doubts, insecurity) are resolved in a sustainable way
- a clear positive targeting is fixed and anchored in the brain.
- the physical and spiritual fitness are increased
- sporting targets can be properly programmed
Golfers with a low handicap or tour players know and appreciate this and they have often acquired targeted ways of behaviour and thinking over many years. Mental methods are fixed components for these players for their preparations and during tournaments.
Hobby and recreational golfers often underestimate the mental dimensions of the sport of golfing, although they repeatedly and very closely have to bear the mental connections. Afterwards you can quite often hear in the club house why the score was so bad: the weather, the flight partner, the bad green conditions, the grips of the clubs etc. – it is quite seldom that people find the mistake in themselves.
Possible areas of interest in coaching:
- fear of failure, fear of repeated disgrace, fear of defeat, fear of weakness
- undermined self-confidence after a defeat
- sleepless night before your golf tournament
- having clammy hands, heart palpitation, nausea and an increased muscular tension at
the beginning of the tournament
- trembling, nervousness, inner tension at the first tee off
- physical stress (thirst, hunger, exhaustion, fatigue, pains/injuries)
- behaviour / appearance / comments of others (co-players, partners, trainers, the flight
in front of you or behind you, viewers)
- challenges (“disrupters”, disturbing factors, fear of water, bunkers, difficult ball positions,
‘ position of the ball in the forest)
- experiences/incidents (unfavourable score, experienced/past tournaments,
failed strokes etc.)
- emotions of “the other one” (flight member, who e.g. fails a lot, who feels physically unwell,
who nags, who is involved in a conflict with a friend etc.)
- situations, you will be confronted with (tournament which counts for the handicap,
competitions in group “A” or with “unpopular” fight members, championships, men’s/ladies’
- a too strong anticipation of a “tangible” win or a very good score
- favourable / unfavourable doctrines about yourself as a golfer
- aggressions and railing at oneself after a failed stroke
- training World Champion on the driving range
- finally the flight in front of me lets me play – and then I mess up the stroke
- long and straight in the driving range – slice, fade, push, pull, draw, hook during the round
- seemingly relaxed, focussed, concentrated and composed – and despite that the strike,
i.e. puff is bad
- stress as a personal companion
- after several strokes you mentally write off that round of the competition, i.e. the following
tournament of the next weekend
- being annoyed with oneself or other flight partners at hole 12 and the failed stroke at hole 9
- having achieved an excellent score until hole 16 but then having failed at the last two holes
- having played an “important” stroke/putt too short to be precautious
- being distracted when addressing the ball, but still having struck it – regretfully a messed
- visualized the rolling of the ball on the putting line – nevertheless missed the hole
- “felt” the practise swing as being “very good” – however a failed swing
- again coming into the play only after nine holes, i.e. the halfway break
- perceived inner tension, restraint, frustration, worry, anger, reluctance – yet hit the ball
- “Considering my talent and my experience I should at least play a handicap…”
- having lost the concentration by a talk with a flight partner
- negative soliloquies during the round, self-accusations
- very good training approach on the pitching green – but then the ball ended up in the
- no difficulty in playing 100 m – but anyhow knocked the ball into the water or into the forest
- relaxed, enjoyable, casual private rounds on the golf course – stress during the
- a new club, i.e. new alloy in the club construction but yet nothings changes
- a weak feeling on the way to the first important competition
- your high expectations
- a careless way of playing
- the following flight puts you under time-pressure
- feelings of having no energy or the disappointments after a round which has not met
In these cases you are right here: Whoever sees golf only as technical know-how plus the right orientation is wrong on this page.
Ambitious golfers almost always try to become better, to gain new abilities, to make progress, to get a head start. A new alloy in the construction of the club, a new club, power balance ribbons, a popular new putter, dietary supplements and add-ons or exercise aids or other accessories promise (slight) relief. Mental strength cannot be bought in a pro-shop – but be worked on. More and more golfers realize that their brains are their best training tools. And: mental strength is affordable as well as without negative side effects.
Mental strength, understood as an additional – and central – component of golfing and sportive training, is constantly gaining in popularity – covering leisure time as well as professional sports.
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