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Why Use the Pendulum Putting Method

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This is a book that will help any golfer take a more relaxed approach on the golf course, which will not only drastically lower scores but lead to greater enjoyment when playing the game of golf.

Psychology of Golf- Training Your Mind for Your Golf Game

Prepare Yourself with the Psychology of Golf

Psychology of Golf

An elusive topic for golfers is the psychology of golf, or the process of training your mind for your golf game.  If you can master it, your scores will go down.  But how?  We can recommend a number of training guides on sports psychology, and at the bottom will give some we highly recommend, but it is definitely a topic that is hard to teach, more difficult to grasp, and gets blamed for more bad rounds of golf than any other factor.  Training your mind for golf requires preparation, and the pages on putting and basics of the swing provide you with valuable information on just a couple of aspects of your game.

Relaxation Begins With Confidence

My son is a college basketball player, and although physically he is very normal in build and athleticism, throughout his career has been a clutch player with what we describe as “ice water in his veins.”  He also has been able to maintain an incredible calmness prior to games.  I asked him once how he can remain so calm, and he said “I know what I’m doing, and I’m good at what I do.”  Yes, he is a bit cocky, but not unrealistically so.  He goes into games knowing what has to be done and convinced he can do it, and during games he is so involved in the game that he doesn’t have time to over think, concentrating only on the job at hand.  And, I might add, he is not nearly as good at golf, and certainly doesn’t exhibit the same self-confidence on the course.

Knowing what you are doing on the course with a degree of certainty, and not merely talking yourself into thinking you have it figured out is the essential first step to mental relaxation.

Keep Your Mind Occupied During Your Golf Game

It is not our intention here to get into sports psychology, but learning how to learning how to properly strike a golf ball consistently.  Establishing a good pre-shot routine, knowing how to execute specific shots, and how to use the driving range as more than just a place to whack golf balls are all areas where confidence is built, and it must be built to have a true feeling of confidence during a round of golf.

The psychology of golf begins with the pre-shot routine, the initial process that sets us up for success or failure with each golf shot, is where concentration begins.  Positive thinking and self-confidence are essential factors to playing golf to your optimum.  The psychological game of golf is involves 10% what happens and 90% about how you react to it.  If you immerse yourself in the task at hand, and not think about your score or how anyone else perceives you as a golfer, you will have the best chance of performing well and not let mind-games get in the way.

 

 

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