Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Way to Playing Great Golf: Confidence

People who play golf say that playing the sport is actually more mental than physical.  With this thought, people ask what facet of one’s psyche is the most important so that you can play golf better and that the same time not taking out the fun and excitement of it.  Some people say that the most important factor is practice and repetition is the key to success.  Yet, anyone could attest that too much repetition can lead to boredom, with you getting that golf cart cover out of storage and your clubs back in the garage. Some think that to play golf well, an extra dose of patience is needed.  Whole it is true that this sport needs a patient player, it cannot really be the most attribute.  Some people, meanwhile, think that having the best equipment is the magic trick to enjoying the game.  Yet, you can’t really enjoy this equipment if you don’t have the skill, right?

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All the factors mentioned above certainly have their place in the topic of playing golf.  However, the most important factor that will allow a golf player to really showcase his or her skills and at the same time have as much fun as possible is having confidence.  Being confident in playing golf, such like in other skill, is of utmost importance.  How you feel about your skill and the sport will definitely carry over to the quality of your game, as well as the level of enjoyment you are getting from the sport.  When you are more aware and happy of yourself and your skills, this ultimately translates to an increase of your score and your happiness in all aspects of your life. Your investment in the best clubs and accessories like a golf cart cover will be worth it.

When you are confident of yourself, this should lead to your confidence in your performance.  You will notice a surer stance when you do swings, a belief that your decisions when figuring out angles, and your power when driving is becoming stable.  There is no place for hesitation in golf.  One degree of your position being askew, a moment’s uncertainty on how to position your arms, being unsure on what club to use will add up and ruin your game.  Little confidence in your performance will really equal to a dismal performance.  Dismal performances never left anyone happy, right?  If you think you can do well, believe me, it will show in your swings and your putts.      

A key to building confidence is realizing a main point in golf: the element of time.  You have to know that golf does not define your existence.  Being too consumed in the sport will not make your happy.  Spending years with the sport will let your enjoy and be happy, not getting all your energies in golf for one month or one year.  Remember that like all the best things in life take time and work.  Enjoy the journey of golf, learn as much as you can, build your confidence through the process, and realize that you have already reached the destination through this journey.

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