Are you your biggest enemy on the golf course?
In conversations with golfers I often ask them what their biggest obstacle is to shooting lower scores and playing better golf. The following words are usually uttered, “I need to be more consistent”, I don’t hole enough putts” and “I’m erratic off the tee.” Many golfers also come out with “I’m my own worst enemy.”
In golf, as Jack Nicklaus once said “Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.” Yet why is it that the last thing golfers want to do is look in the mirror and look to manage themselves better?
For those golfers who do want to learn more about this area and the aspect of emotional control. This episode is set up perfectly for you where 3 experts, Karl Morris, Alessia Bruno and Andy Paisley share some ideas on how you can stay present, why it is so important, what happens in the brain when you are unable to and how to overcome performance anxiety or the yips.
Key Learning Points:
- Consider playing golf and monitoring your reactions to shots using a mental scorecard, it may save you a shot or 2 each round.
- Golfer with the yips can often try to control their movements more, meaning they become even more rigid and tense.
- Consider how you train or practice. Are you setting yourself up so that you can free yourself up under pressure?
- Every golfer is unique and to shoot lower scores more consistently should think about what helps them and not get caught up copying what other people do.
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