Self-Perception is the Key to Effective Play

This year make self-perception one of your mental game keys for effective play. Start by developing a specific set of attitudes towards yourself and your golfing ability. Make sure you stay above the line (That’s what we call staying in positive territory.), and develop affirmative statements in first person present tense about yourself and your game. For example: I love golf. I can hardly wait to practice and improve. I commit to my strategy. I re-focus immediately after missed shots. I trust my swing. Also, make sure your self-talk is specific to the task at hand – I’ll play this one two cups to the right of the hole. Golfers who are effective have learned to look at their failures as nothing to be afraid of, but as opportunities to learn more about themselves and their game that will help them improve and become stronger. You can do the same.

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