Much like everyday life, success is much easily attained with self confidence and a positive attitude. Confidence in your skills is built by tracking the progress in your game over time (hence the SMART method at the beginning of this series) and utilizing memories of successful shots from your past games.
Adopting the right strategy on every course is critical to your success but your attitude makes a huge difference between an enjoyable game and a trunk slamming round.
In preparation for your next game or training session, visualize the goal you want to achieve and remember that last times you achieved similar results. A putt from 15 feet, a birdie on the 18th hole, a chip-in to even up the scores or simply the emotion that you felt during your best game ever.
Once on the course or the training area, use this confidence and take things one play at a time. Keep your focus on this process rather than bringing yourself down with less than perfect shots. Train your mind to remain positive and take things one shot at a time. Remain in the moment and don’t let the results of your previous shot influence your concentration when you try to attempt your next birdie.
Put all odds in favor by assuring that you have solid a pre-shot routine and use it every time. Your chances of scoring a birdie will increase and you'll also make #morebirdies!
While this article can be useful to your game, these five tricks aren’t miraculous. Golf is like learning to ride a bike. It takes time and dedication to go from training wheels to rolling full speed downhill. Be patient, set up the right systems and trust your skills to do the work. Finally, track your improvement and let your confidence grow with every good shot and every great birdie.