Golf psychology is one of the areas most overlooked by amateur golfers, and there are few golf skills or golf practice that can help you work in areas essential to the game.
It doesn’t matter what level you are at, especially in a stressful environment, the psychological aspect of golf can make a huge difference. It can also make the game more interesting which is ultimately why most people play golf …
There is an old saying that all amateurs can learn from golf professionals: “small goals, small goals”
I hope it explains everything, but if you’ve never heard of it please let me explain. If you plan to hit the ball on the green, choose a very small target. Don’t just go green. Don’t even aim for the green area. Choose as small a target as possible (you can even choose the hole yourself if you have access to it). This way, if you miss such a small goal, you should still be in a good position. Likewise, when you hit the fairway, such as a sprinkler or even a blade of grass, pick a small target! This is a very simple golf technique that can be easily built into your game.
Make your golf more inspiring
One of the biggest problems with golf is that we have too much time to think about it. Walking down the fairway we have a lot of time to think about the next shot, and of course we have to think about a bad shot we just hit. This is also a very static game, as the ball is stationery and we don’t immediately react to a competitor’s shot. I.E. We don’t do things instinctively.
The best golf psychologists like Dr. Bob Rotella and Pia Nillson have worked hard to make golf more instinctive. When we do many things instinctively, we do well – that is, if we don’t think about it too much. But if golf is a static sport, how can we make it more instinctive?
Instinctive golf practice
This is a great golf practice that I use often. Many students have learned from it. This is how it works:
- Find a green and pick up three golf balls at the same time
- Work in a hole about 2 meters away
- Watch and focus on the target golf hole
- Keep your eyes on the target and really “aim” the target, focus completely on the target
Now keep watching and focus on the hole as you hit your putt. Don’t ask anything to stare at the hole all the time to play
When making strokes, consciously consider the target rather than the putting mechanism. You are trying to eliminate the conscious thought of a stroke by focusing on other things, in this case the goal is
This golf exercise will not improve the technique of putting action – you still have to do the work. However, this will help you perform well in play and on pressure balls, not just putting.
Take it to the golf course
Obviously, while playing on the course, I don’t recommend looking at the hole while putting, but if you hit a shot, you should watch the ball! So, how can you make your golf more instinctive on the course?
The key is to take out conscious thoughts while playing.
When you think about it, you will realize that the human brain can only think of one thing at a time. It can quickly switch between different thoughts, but at a moment’s notice it can only think of one thing.
How to take away conscious thoughts
I learned this golf technique during an interview with Jack Nicklaus and it really works for me. Jack whistled to himself while playing golf (there is of course a lot of time between golfing). I mainly tried to sing to myself while putting, but was surprised that it improved my performance significantly, especially with injection.
I started singing to myself before hitting the ball, then continued hitting the ball and focused on hitting the ball to eliminate any conscious thought of the golf swing itself.
I hope this golf skill and golf trainer can not only help you improve your performance on the course under stressful conditions, but also improve your performance in all golf shots. Once introduced into play, the process itself must be instinctive.