One of the best tools you can use for your mental game is to set a goal for your self to achieve. For example, Lets say your handicap is at 14 right now and it has been that way for 10 years. Don’t resign yourself to the fact that you have got in the habit of shooting at this handicap and that is just the way it is.
Try setting a goal of achieving a 10 handicap in 3 months. Not so hard if you think about it. All I have to do is shoot 4 strokes better. That’s only 4 putts on 18 I have to make or 4 less shots in the trees and more in the fairway.
Write Your Goal Down on a Piece of Paper
Ok, now I have my goal I will need to write it down in detail on a piece of paper and look at it every day. Once in the morning when you wake up and then right before you go to sleep.
Make Your Goal Specific
I want to achieve the handicap of 10 in 3 months time period. That is a specific goal that you can measure. Once you have a final goal, work backwards and see what the next action step would be. Things like
practice my putting, chipping, irons, and driver are all action steps you can take to practice. Mental things on the course must also be included. These are all your intermediate goals that you can make for yourself to achieve the final goal. Again write them down as a path to your destination.
Make Your Goal Practical
A goal of you shooting 72 probably is not very practical if your handicap is 14. Now I did not say it was impossible but just not reasonable in a short period of time. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure. However, you may want to set a time period of 12 months for that goal. That would be more practical.
Visualize Your Goal
In your mind, think how it will feel when you lower your handicap to your goal. You can talk about it with your friend. Act out in your mind the actions your going to take to achieve your goal. Make the focus of all of your desire toward getting to that goal and you will be amazed what happens.
In summary, if you set a goal, take action on the goal, and visualize the goal you will achieve the highest success on the golf course.
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