The Many Layers of a Quiet Mind in Golf
Let’s face it: Golf is a huge mental game… When playing with a lot of confidence, golf is easy, fun, and feels effortless for most players.
When playing with no confidence because of mistakes or poor play, a strong mental game is needed most.
Your biggest challenge is to stay positive (and keep confidence) when not playing up to your expectations. Your own mental gremlins want to punish you for not performing well…
“I should never make bogey on that easy hole.”
“I need to find another sport to play after missing yet another three-footer.”
“I’ll probably dump this ball in the water because I’m hitting the ball so poorly today.”
PGA Tour player Tim Simpson was asked: “What’s the hardest thing to do in sports?”
He said to play relaxed and keep the mind quiet is the hardest thing to do in sports:
“To play totally relaxed. I’ve talked to Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Mike Schmidt about it. Any athlete performs at his best when the mind is the quietest. That’s all sports psychology is — trying to quiet the mind to let your body play instinctively.”
I agree with Tim – at least for some players. A quiet mind is essential for peak performance especially for golfers who over analyze and over control their performance.
However, I can think of many layers of a quiet mind…
One layer of a quiet mind is coping with poor shots or poor play. I recently published a CD program called *The Relaxed Athlete* to help players perform with a calm mind.
I think the hardest thing to do in golf is remain confident, composed, and not let your inner gremlins win when you under perform.
Fragile confidence can block any talented golfer from realizing his talent. If you have fragile confidence, you ride the confidence roller-coaster.
With fragile confidence, confidence decreases after one bad shot! When confidence wanes after poor shots, you can’t play with a quiet mind….
Doubt can overtake your thoughts. When working with my students, I make sure we address how to overcome doubt. This is a must if you want to ride a steady wave of confidence.
You might be unaware when doubt strikes. Your doubt may be just a tough habit to break. Or your doubt might even be a form of self-punishment after mistakes.
In any case, you must cap doubt quickly before it erodes confidence. Your first step is to recognize when your negative thoughts are over active.
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