{Golf’s Mind Game – The Mental Side of Golf}


Introduction

So by now if you are a novice or beginner golfer you should have your golf clubs and bag, you should have your golf shoes and all the other golf accessories that are needed to go out to the golf course and enjoy this wonderful game of golf.

Hopefully you have been to the driving range to practice hitting your driver, your long irons and also your short irons. I’m sure you have been to practice putting green to practice probably the most important part of a good round of golf, you’re putting.

So after going through all of this preparation to play good golf when you do get out on the golf course things don’t always go as planned. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and probably will that you just cannot control.

It is the way that you handle these situations when they arise that can either make or break a good round of golf. That is why we are going to get into another side of golf that get’s overlooked a lot and that is golf’s mind game, or in other words the mental side of golf.

Your Mental Approach

When do you actually start thinking about the round of golf you are going to play? I talk to a lot of golfers who say they start thinking about their round your golf mindof golf in the car on the way to the golf course, believe me that is not mentally healthy.

Some players will sit in their office and visualize hitting their drive on the first hole right down the middle of the fairway. That’s not going to work either. You should not be thinking about draining a thirty-foot putt while out to dinner with your wife or girlfriend either. You could end up with pasta on your pants.

Trying to dream up a good round of golf while you are participating in other things just simply does not work. You will do yourself more harm than good.

No matter how good a golfer you are it is not a good idea to think about a certain hole you might have had trouble with before and try to conquer it beforehand in your mind. Chances are when you get to that hole you’re going to mess it up. That is part of golf’s mind game.

Any thinking beforehand about your round of golf coming up should be about swing thoughts and techniques or you’re putting stroke, anything but your upcoming round of golf.

Your thoughts of having a good round of golf and coming up with a good game plan for the day should start on the first tee. Just think about that first shot and nothing but that first shot. Your mindset should remain the same for each and every shot from then on out until you have completed your round of golf.

Develop A Pre-Shot Routine

Just as you have come up with muscle memory for making different golf swings for different situations on the golf course you now need to have to come up with a mental memory visualization for every shot you may face on the golf course.

Mental side of golfThe best way to accomplish this is to come up with your own pre shot-routine. What this will accomplish is it will clear your mind of any distractions that may be around you.

Remember you should come up with your own pre-shot routine that you are comfortable with so you can be consistent with it for each and every shot. For example: you get to the tee box and take your grip on the club, then stand behind your ball and visualize your shot path you want to take, next stand up to your ball and take a couple of practice swings. Now take your shot and hopefully it goes where you wanted it to.

When it is time to take your shot the main thing you need to do here is focus, focus,focus.Do not be thinking of the last hole or the hole to follow, just focus on the shot at hand and that alone. Jumping ahead in your mind, even about the final score will do nothing but bring bad results.

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The Power of Positive Thinking

The minute you get to the golf course and walk to the first tee the only thing you should be thinking is, I’m going to have a good round of golf today. The important thing here is focusing on success as opposed to failure, doing this more good things than bad will happen.

I know this is easier said than done but even the slightest negative thought could potentially ruin your entire round of golf. Even professional golfers make bad shots from time to time but the main thing here is when you do make a bad shot you need to immediately put it behind you and focus on your current shot, you can’t bring that bad shot back.

Better yet, when you do make a bad shot try to make a positive out of it, by that I mean try to learn from it. Try to remember what you did wrong on that particular shot and take it back to the driving range and work on it as to try to not let it happen again.

Just don’t get upset about it on the golf course. In order to play your best golf you need to be relaxed and stress free and getting upset over one or two shots will only build up stress in your body and possibly make things worse. Live and learn.

Retrain Your Mental Approach

In all of professional sports there are today golf is probably the one sport that mind power comes in to play the most. The thing you need to do is make a positive out of your mind power when you need to.

Like I said earlier you need to focus on your shot at the moment and nothing else. Avoid thinking of any past bad shots or any upcoming tough holes, worry about them when you get to them.

Another good mental tip that a lot of players seem to lose focus on is this shot. You are on the tee of a par three hole and the only thing between you and the green is water. This is a situation where golf’s mind game really comes into play.

You have to stand on that tee box and pretend that water is not even there. I would, be safe and take an extra club just to make sure I hit it far enough to clear the water, even if you hit it a little long you will not be in the water. Chip and putt for par and move on. That is way better than hitting in the water and making a bogey or worse.

Finally

Remember bad shots happen to all of us. Even a bad break, like a bad carom off a tree, remember that it would not have happened if you hit a good shot. Remember to put it behind you and focus on the rest of your holes. Remember what you did wrong and take it to the range and work on it.

Golf can be very competitive but it is also meant to be fun, no matter what, always remember that. Granted it is more fun when you are playing well but some days it doesn’t always work out that way.

An eighteen round hole of golf can be a long day and a lot can go wrong but remember why you are there, to have some fun with good friends and have fun. So don’t ever let golf’s mind games get to you. There’s always your next round of golf.

Good Golf To You

Robert

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Simple Golf Swing – Hit it Straighter and Farther

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Introduction

If you are already a golfer and you have picked up some bad habits that are effecting your golf game negatively, you probably picked them up when you first started playing the game of golf.

Well I’m here at simple golf swing made easy to tell you that fortunately for you, you can turn your bad habits into good ones thus creating a simple golf swing to hit it straighter and farther.

 

Improve Your Golf Swing Easily

The first and most important part of the easy golf swing is having the proper grip, The whole golf swing starts with the grip. You can find out more about the proper grip here.The golf grip

Another important factor of the golf swing is where you are aiming your body and club before you make your swing.

If you are not aligned properly the golf ball will never go in the direction you want it to, thus leading to bad shots.

To help this problem when on the tee box check to make sure your shoulders are aligned with the target line that you wish the ball to travel thus increasing your chances of the golf ball going straight.

Another problem I see many amateur golfers make is their wrist action, 90% of bad shots are a direct result of this problem. You must be sure that your left wrist stays flat in relation to your left forearm and your left hand. Also, never take your club back further than you shoulder will turn.

Trouble on the tee:

If you are standing on the tee box and you see trouble on the left, say like water or trees always tee your ball up on the side of the tee where the trouble is thus giving you a better chance of avoiding the trouble and saving you some strokes.

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Simple Swing Driver Tips to hit it Farther

I know that like every amateur or weekend golfer they want to hit their driver as far as the pro’s do but believe me that is easier said than done.

I have subscriptions to many golf magazines and every month they have something that’s gives a tip like ( hit your driver 50 yards further ) but rarely does it ever work.

There is no quick fix because they never work long term. The only thing that will work long term is you working on yourself, that is getting yourself in the best physical condition that you possibly can.

You can go to the driving range every day and hit 100’s of golf balls every day, you can take lesson after lesson, you can buy a state-of-the-art driver but you can not buy club head speed and club head speed is the only thing that will allow you to hit the golf ball further.

So hitting more balls or taking more lessons will never do it for you. You can improve your technique but the only thing for more distance is your physical condition. Period.

Simple Golf Swing Effortlessly

 

How many times have you striped a drive right down the middle of the fairway and then tried to remember exactly what you did with that shot to be so perfect and then just can’t duplicate it, very frustrating.

A simple powerful golf swing is just not about swinging harder. I’m sure you have stood over your golf ball and said to yourself I’m going to crush this one and swung with all you had and, what was the result?. Probably hit it shorter or way off-line, right?

Like I said earlier, the only way you are going to get more yards with your driver or any other club in you bag for that matter is with a controlled swing with more club head speed.

If your body cannot physically make that optimum swing then you have no business swinging harder.

Stress

So what if you decided to get your body in golf shape.  What I mean by that is to improve your core strength, improve your flexibility,you will now be able to make a full shoulder turn in your back swing, thus building up much more torque which in turn will translate into your club exploding into the golf ball at impact, make sense?

You now have a power swing that is effortless and under control and you will be just killing it of the tee and the deck leaving your playing partners in awe and amazement.

So remember if you want a powerful but effortless easy golf swing you need to take care of your bodies condition first and the rest will follow resulting in a much better and more fun golf game.

 

Simple Golf Swing and Flexibility

The simple golf swing really is just a turn back and then a turn through, I mean it really just doesn’t get much easier than that, so why would you not want to get your core and your body as flexible as possible.

There are many core flexibility exercises you can do right from your home or office, after all it is the key to longer drives and fairway irons.

Sit in a chair and cross your arms in front of you and just start to rotate your torso back and forth as far as you can, start out slowly start rotating faster as you feel your torso loosening up, do this as long as you can and as often as you can, you will soon notice a change in the flexibility in your back swing and follow through.

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The most important factor in a successful simple golf swing is flexibility, plain and simple. It has been proven that pre stretched muscles perform much better than muscles that have not been pre stretched.

I think this holds true especially with the game of golf. Golf is a power sport and many times during a round of golf you need all the power you can generate at certain times.

That is why your muscles should be in the best condition and as flexible as possible. Balance also is important to the simple golf swing which I will get into next.

Simple Golf Swing and Balance

Balance is very essential for implementing the simple golf swing. The first thing would be your set up. A good set up as you address your golf ball would to be in a very athletic position before making your back swing, this will make you have complete balance throughout the entire golf swing.

Even if your technique is slightly off if you are balanced you still have a good chance of making a good shot. I see a lot of amateurs get up to their ball and make a swing and try to kill it, therefore losing their balance and the golf ball goes all over the place.

As long as you can take care of having good balance the golf club is designed to do most of the work, along with building strength flexibility your are on your way to a much more enjoyable simple golf game.

Enjoy the Wonderful Game of Golf

I hope you have found this blog informative and helpful, I will be posting more helpful golf tips in the near future. Please feel free to leave a comment below or if you have any question i will get back to you as soon as possible

 

Good Golf To You,

Robert

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About Robert

Hello and welcome to my simple golf swing made easy. Ever since I was a small child golf has been a passion of mine and i have purchased a lot of equipment in order to hone my golf skills and my enthusiasm for the game.

A little About My Golf Journey

 

Ever since I was a small child I developed a passion for golf.You see I grew up in a small county in Pennsylvania and my parents home was actually a short walk through the woods to our local public golf course.

There was also at the course a driving range where at the age of 12 I actually got my first job picking up golf balls from the range.

I guess the best part of the job was that when the golf pro was not busy he would give me and my friends tips on grip and swings and stuff like that.

 

Why am I Doing This?

 

I am doing this website blog because I know there are a lot of people who would love this wonderful game if they were just introduced to it.I was lucky enough to be introduced to it at very young age and for that I am truly grateful. All through my childhood we were able to get our homework done, grab a couple clubs and sneak on the course and play a couple holes.

Golf Does not Have to be Expensive

 

I think a lot of people are under the impression that they cannot get into golf because it is just to expensive to play, but that is just not the case.You can pick up a set of good used golf fairly cheap on sites like craigs list.

you can get refurbished golf balls fairly cheap at any wal mart or other stores. Over time I will be posting all kinds of golf tips and ideas that you can take to the golf range and practice on your own. I think when most people just try this great game they will just fall in love with it.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Robert

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