Be it a good game of golf with your friends or a serious tournament or whether you play a solitary game well on the golf links; in most cases, the game depends on whether you have been able to acquire a great and lasting attitude to golf in particular and yourself in general. A good and positive attitude can be the key and the most important attribute to golfers playing great rounds or games of golf.
Along with your attitude a lot affects your game of Golf – your energy, experience, skills, ability level, the elements, the weather and also the status of the golf course that you are playing on. As you travel the fairways of the course you are playing on, success or failure will both be constant companions. Hence, a winning attitude towards your game of golf and positive energy are what finally affect your golf scores.
Golf can be a very turbulent experience and it will tease you sometimes with the most brilliants shots and then in certain shots, it is capable of bringing even the most experienced and great golfers to their knees. Wishfully, all golfers should be able to dwell in their brilliant moments, as well as reflect on the failures to gain insight and learn from them, to adjust and better their golf swings and shots towards improvement of those negative factors and work towards a growth mind-set.
One of the easier ways to differentiate between average players and champions is by observing how they handle and react to their failures and mistakes. Champions become superb at using their bad experiences as motivating challenges to better their next shot, round or game. As a direct result, they learn the most about themselves and their games when they encounter mental mistakes or physical mistakes, while playing under pressure and from missed opportunities.
Champions become better players by patiently and systematically creating a development process, as they gain experience and insight, and yes, even champions do have their slumps. Some of the best players take time out after every competitive golf game to take stock of their mental and physical strengths and weaknesses, especially the worst mistakes, even though some of them can be painful to relive.
So, while it is easy for the average players to give in to their negative attitudes, champions become better players by controlling their negative thoughts and challenging themselves to rise above them with a positive outlook. When playing poorly, average players will announce and even transfer their negative attitudes, but champions use their positive thought and mental aspect to manage the poor play such that it becomes almost impossible to make out their level of play from their mannerisms and talk. Their primary motivation for successful players is the winning attitude.
Whatever the reason you play golf – for entertainment, the competition, the challenge of the sport, the camaraderie – your attitude and mental toughness can and will determine your performance on the golf course and help you play a strong mental game.
Always work towards cultivating the proper attitude and positive outlook towards your game of golf. It will always be well worth to work on your golf mental skills and put your energies in controlling your thoughts. The result is similar as to when you learn to type fast if you want to have proficient computer skills.
In the endless process of bettering their golf skills, a lot of golfers also become too taken up with trying to control their performance by bettering their swings, strokes and shots, while playing the game, which becomes a real problem. Instead, like the better players, all golfers should try to resist the urge to better their game during competitive rounds; rather, like champions, they should stress on designating specific quality time to work on their game.
The focus, while competing, should be on inner peace – relaxing your body and quietening your mind. Trust that by focusing on playing the game, instead of controlling it, you will play your best and deliver peak performance. Work on your mental skills before trying to perfect your physical skills.
A strong mental golf game, played with the right attitude, will take you far, provide a healthy balance and lead towards definite accomplishments on your chosen golf course. Establishing a positive mental routine and an attitude adjustment will go a long way in unleashing your full potential and drive you towards peak performance during your golf shots and swings.
Golf is a serious game but it should also be an enjoyable passion. Play the game for your own reason and not someone else’s reason, but remember that both mental and physical strength is required and proves to be a powerful tool for a growth mind-set. Developing the correct, positive attitude and mental routine will go a long way in making you better players.
Golf is a journey without a destination and a song with no ending. Enjoy the companionship and the solitude, experience the brilliance and the failures, and do the best to enjoy all the golfing seasons of your years.
As the famous quote goes — “Don’t let your score affect your attitude. Let your attitude affect your score.”