Do Negative Emotions Destroy Your Golf Game?
Are you a resilient golfer and able to keep your emotions in check after a bad shot?
Or do negative emotions destroy your golf game?
Can you recall the last time you missed a shot and landed in the rough… Were you able to focus and get back on track?
You may have experienced intense negative emotions which threw you off your game…
Maybe you started to focus on what you didn’t want (“I hope I don’t mess up my next shot”) rather than what you do want (“I am going to hit this shot straight down the fairway”).
A negative focus tends to heighten counter-productive emotions and prolong poor performance.
Resilient golfers are able to focus on the next shot, not the last shot.
Resilient golfers can manage their emotions so that they remain in control on their performance.
While talent is important in a golfer, it isn’t enough. To play at your peak, you need to develop the mental skill of resiliency.
What is a “resilient golfer”?
The definition of resiliency is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
Resiliency is the hallmark of mental toughness.
A resilient golfer is one who can recover quickly after a poor shot or hole.
Resilient golfers can make adjustments on the fly despite poor course or weather conditions.
Resilient golfers learn from their mistakes and turn setbacks into progress.
Resilient golfers stay confident after a bad tournament.
How is “resiliency developed”?
Well, resiliency is not a genetic characteristic. That is great news!
If there is no resiliency gene then resilience can be developed through some conscious awareness and focused work.
If you can learn to harness your emotions, your composure will be stronger in difficult situations and you will play better golf.
But there is a huge myth regarding resiliency. Many athletes view resiliency as a reaction or something that happens after the fact.
Resiliency is a mental tool that you have in place before you experience a performance roadblock.
Resiliency is like preventative medicine that helps you control your emotions prior to stressful situations.
Resiliency allows you to keep an even keel and in your optimal emotional performance zone.
Resiliency is developed through practice.
By creating pressure situations in practice and remaining calm, you teach your brain to stay poised in critical moments.
But remember, improving your mental game requires focus and repetition.
Your game will improve dramatically if you commit to developing resiliency.
Try these tips to increase your resiliency:
- Tip #1: You should put yourself in stressful situations in practice. Slice a shot, get in control of your emotions (deep breathing), then choose an effective line of thinking (What do you want to do now?).
- Tip #2: Always remind yourself that true confidence does not take a hit after a bad shot, hole, round. True confidence is enduring and stable. Ask yourself: how many years have I worked on my confidence in golf?
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