Many golfers think that only improving their striking and golf swinging techniques can fetch lower scores. Most of them don’t realize that poor decisions, the lack of systematic approach and a low level of confidence are some of the major factors that can make them lose shots. The correct mindset is, therefore, very important for golfers of every level to improve their game.
In today’s post, we’ll discuss some common mistakes that golfers should avoid and how they can become better scorers.
- Over Analyzing Shots on the Golf Course
Golf has a lot of downtime and minds can easily get distracted by several things. One of the common mistakes that golfers make is they think about their shots and swings too much while playing the game. These thoughts usually pop up after a few poor shots are hit. Golfers tend to analyze and correct their shots subsequently. This can be immensely counter-productive to a lower score.
If you want to score better, you should focus on the current shot instead of analyzing your skills or trying to consciously control or force movements to correct your actions during the game. When you start doubting your skills and techniques, you create unnecessary tension and stop giving your best. Trust your abilities, practice, and focus on the objective of hitting the ball towards a specific target.
- Reacting to Poor Shots with Frustration
Many golfers react emotionally to bad shots and get frustrated with their performance easily. This affects their decision-making skills and their ability to focus on the next shot.
Remember that it’s a sport and not every shot can be good. If you react with frustration and anger when you hit poor shots, it’ll affect your mindset making it difficult for you to enjoy the game. Make a post game routine to ponder on your techniques and explore your errors. Learning from your mistakes is more important than constantly being critical and getting frustrated on the course.
- Getting Preoccupied with Score Calculation
Calculating your score after every shot and connecting it with your performance can increase tension, affecting your emotions. The score is the final outcome of the game but avoid making it your ultimate goal. Focus on your current shot, enjoy the game, and play your best. Concentrate on elevation and wind changes, be confident, and review your shot.
- Lacking Confidence
Several golfers recall poor shots of the past and start playing with a lot of fear and doubt in their minds, especially amateur golfers. This is a wrong move as it lowers your confidence level. The best way to stay away from doubt and fear is to recall shots which you had successfully hit in the past. Think about similar situations in previous games or your best shots, then focus and perform with confidence.
Avoid these mistakes and see the difference in your performance. Keep your targets as small as possible and don’t over think. Simply play and give your best shot!