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Five Ways to Boost Your Confidence in the Game of Golf

August 20, 2013

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“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.” ~ Jack Nicklaus.

While observing tour players, it’s evident one of the most important tools in their golf bag is confidence. They carry themselves well and don’t falter (most of the time) after hitting a bad shot. Pro players do this so well because they know if they let loose and let the game affect their head it will in turn affect their game.

Whether you build your own confidence by hitting the driving range every day, keeping up with the latest club technology or only wearing your favorite brand, find a way to boost your confidence in the game of golf and stick with it. Here are five ways to boost your confidence in the game of golf and hopefully keep your score low.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

The minute you start criticizing every inch you were off on your putt, your confidence is sure to start plummeting. Sure, golf is a game of technique, but instead of controlling minutia detail, focus on one part of your game at a time.

Don’t React to Bad Shots

Everyone has had a bad shot in golf. It’s part of the game and it’s part of improving as a player. If you hit a bad shot, don’t focus on what you could have done better, but focus on how hitting a great next shot to get out of that situation.

Stay Focused

When you walk up to the tee box, see and feel your ball going exactly where you want and your body will respond to that positivity. If your shot rolls into the bunker, it will be easier to stay away from negative thoughts because you’ll already have next place you want your ball to go in mind.

Don’t Dwell On the Negative

Negative thoughts have a sly way of hanging around and it’s hard to get it out of your head. The moment negativity shows up in your game, stop and replace that negative thought with a positive reminder of the great shot you had on the last hole. This will keep positivity flowing throughout your game.

Have Fun

Golf, above all else, is a lifetime sport to enjoy and have fun with. The minute you lose your confidence in the game of golf, sitting on the golf cart seems like more fun than playing. If nothing else seems to be working to get you out of your negative streak, just remember to have fun with it. Who knows, you may be surprised how fast your game might turn around.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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