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How to Learn the Mental Game of Golf

jueves, 10 de diciembre de 2009

How to Learn the Mental Game of Golf

You have probably read a lot of information about what you need to do to take your golf game to the next level. Most likely you have been swayed by adverts and bought the latest and greatest golf driver or balls. But have you seen any significant improvement?

It is time to stop believing all the myths that you hear from those big companies and their advertising campaigns. A perfect golf game is not just about having a great golf swing or buying the most expensive golf equipment.

The recreational golfer can sometimes benefit from learning from a good golf swing guide book or by using a specific golf training aid to cure a niggling golf swing fault. At my golf review blog, I have even recommended a few of these guides and products because they can help you with your golf swing. But to get the whole picture of what is needed to dramatically improve, you need to learn the mental game of golf.

First of all, I want to dispel some of the myths that say a perfect golf game can be bought, so let's review the facts:

25% of golfers back in the 1970's managed to break 90 and a smaller number could post scores in the 70's. 30 years have passed and we can now use over-sized drivers with larger and more forgiving sweet spots, wide sole and cavity back irons, and golf balls with 4 piece construction. So, how many golfers can today break 90? Well, from 25%, we have gone all the way up to 28%!

So after spending billions of dollars on new technology and advertising, the golf equipment business should be happy to know that the number of all golfers that have broken 90 has been increased by a massive 3%! Those billions don't include the huge investment made in the golf training aid or golf instruction industries.

So what is the missing ingredient that can promote the quickest and most lasting change in any golfer's game? The mental game of golf or the inner game of golf is the key to improvement. Interestingly, this is the only area that doesn't cost a penny to use, however hardly anyone uses it.

The golf mental game - using your mind in a deliberate, orderly, and focused way is the surest manner for lowering your score card. There are several areas of the mental game of golf that you can explore, like:

-Using your imagination to win

-Using your imagination to win

-Controlling your attention

-Finding your game and playing within it

-Curing anxiety and golf nerves

-How to develop clear focus and mental toughness

-Developing clear focus and mental toughness

Hopefully you will now understand the importance of using the mental game of golf and start using it in your game. Accepting and using the inner game of golf techniques is what differentiates the top 5% of golfers from the rest of us. The top golfers know about and use powerful goal setting processes, advanced visualization techniques that improve every area of their game, mental imagery processes, and how to enter the "Zone."

There is no doubt that golf is an intricate game and so there are many areas that you need to perfect and work on. The first thing you need to use is the right (not the most expensive) golf equipment for your game. You can then practice and improve your golf swing technique, and maybe work on your golf fitness training. But if you truly want to take your golf game to the next level and break 90 or even 70, you need to master the mental game of golf.

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