The Seven Mental Hazards Goilfers Should Avoid

GOLFERS

AVOID THESE SEVEN

 MENTAL HAZARDS!

This article was originally published by William C. Smith, BCH -- April 9th, 2012

From my experience as a professional Sports Hypnotist with an NGH Golf Specialist Certification, I’ve noticed that out of all my athletes from various sports, Golfers are the ones who are most acquainted with the idea of mental training, but very few Golfers utilize it anywhere near as much as they should. Most Golfers seem to make these same seven Mental Hazards over and over.
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Ridding your Mind of these Mental Hazards can really elevate your game. Imagine if you just focused on getting rid of one at a time, and each time you did, you took 1 or 2 strokes off your game! Or you could hold onto these Hazards and keep complaining about your score. The choice is up to you!
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Let’s see what they are and how to correct them.
Coach William C. Smith Pointing Golf Club

Fear, Hesitation, and Doubt are the triplets of negative thinking.
1 – Fear, Hesitation, and Doubt are the triplets of negative thinking. There’s one word that counteracts all of them – Confidence! When you’re playing with Confidence, and if you’re not, pretend you are, then those negative words will lose their impact. We’re born with natural Confidence. You ever see a baby learning to walk? He has no doubt that one day he’s going to be walking just like those giants around him. And nothing is going to stop him from learning how to walk! That’s the kind of Confidence to have – nothing is going to stop you! Play Fearless golf!

2 - Relying solely on visual stimulation when you’re doing mental practice. You’ve heard about the power of visualization. OK That’s great, but when you’re doing some mental training – you need to do Mental Rehearsals with all the senses – See the ball going to your target. Hear the swish of your club, the sweet whistling sound of the ball going through the air above the fairway, birds singing. Feel the club in your hands, the feel of your shoes making contact with the earth underneath your feet, the movement of your body. Smell the fresh air, pick up a blade of grass and crush it in your fingers and smell it! Taste – is this a hard one? No, taste the Satisfaction and Pride of a good swing.

3 –One thing I’ve noticed about the really great Golfers is that they have a consistent preshot routine. Do you? If not, it’s time to establish one and yes, it’s all right, and even advised to embellish it with a “ritual” some people call them superstition such as touching your nose, blinking your eyes, or adjusting your collar. The main thing is consistency – it gets you in the Zone! Take the time to evaluate the shot you want to make, choose your club, do a rehearsal swing. I said “rehearsal” not practice swing. If it doesn’t feel right, rehearse again and then swing with confidence.
One thing I have noticed about the really great Golfers is that they have a consistent preshot routine. Do you?

4 – Change is good, but I know, and you probably do too, that many Golfers if they get into a slump will decide they need to change their swing, buy new equipment, or maybe even sell their clubs in a garage sell. The answer really is to look at your mental game. If your equipment and swing hasn’t changed – then it must be your mental attitude. It may be simply stress that you’re carrying with you during the game. Instead of looking for external factors to blame – look inside. Reevaluate your thinking. Expect to improve. Expect to get your Confidence back and watch what happens!

And then there are those who must have the newest improved version of anything related to golf driver, putter, ball, shoe, or whatever. How can you develop consistency in your swing if you are always breaking in a new club? Or something else new?
5 – And then there are those who must have the newest improved version of anything related to golf – driver, putter, ball, shoe or whatever. How can you develop consistency in your swing if you’re always breaking in a new club? If it’s time to upgrade that’s fine, but when you do, realize it’s going to take some time to accustom your swing to the differences. Did you know that with all the upgrades in new and improved golf equipment, the average score has changed very little over the last 50 years? Don’t fool yourself. What you probably need is a new mindset.
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6 – The dreaded “Don’t” word is one of the biggest mental mistakes a Golfer can make. Don’t hit it in the water. Don’t miss this putt. Don’t mess up. Don’t worry. Your SubConscious Mind doesn’t really understand don’t. Want proof? Pay attention the next time Mother or Father tells a kid “Don’t slam the door!” What does that kid do – they SLAM the door. Why? They didn’t process the “Don’t”. What should the parent say? “Close the door gently (quietly or softly).” Then the child knows what the parent WANTS them to DO. Hit the green. Make the putt. Play with Confidence. Enjoy the game!

7 – Not having a goal for each shot puts you at a great disadvantage before you even swing your club. OK, I know most of you have the goal of hitting a great shot, right? That’s not enough! There needs to be more than that – more specific! Let’s start with the shot. Decide in advance your target and make it specific. If it’s a tee shot, what distance will set you up for your next shot? Should it be just to the right of a particular tree in the distance? Look at it, plan it, and then swing – with Confidence!
Not having a goal for each shot puts you at a great disadvantage before you even swing your club.

 
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