Overcome your fear (part 1)

July 16, 2017

Golfing expert Lars Holden continues his series to help you find the perfect swing. 

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WHICH PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECT A QUALITY SWING?

“Golf is a game that is played between your ears”. This well-spoken phrase relates to how the game is more about confidence and belief, than talent or ability alone. Golfers, who are confident in their ability and believe in their swing, will no doubt play better than someone who does not. When playing golf, confidence allows you to swing freely and without concern for the result. A player who is struggling with confidence tends to be worried about possible faults and is worried about the result, leading to poor performance and higher scores.

WHICH PSYCHOLOGICAL MISTAKES ARE COMMON?

Loss of confidence in one’s ability/swing is a key issue for many golfers. This causes them to make poor swings resulting in higher scores. Often there appears to be no reason for a loss of confidence. It can be a missed putt, wrong club selection or a lack of concentration. If a player is mentally strong and can play freely they tend to swing with confidence. However, if the golfer is nervous of a bad shot they may try to “steer” the ball resulting in a poor swing and even poorer result.

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WHY DO NEW GOLFERS OFTEN MISS-HIT WATER SHOTS?

If a golfer is not confident with his/her swing, it is usually evident when they are facing a difficult shot that requires them to produce a result. For example, when standing over a shot that requires them to carry water, the golfer is generally more worried about the result than the procedure. If they can block the water from their mind and focus on the task at hand they will more likely achieve the desired objective. The same preshot routine and preparation should be carried out no matter what the situation.

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