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How I deal with the hardest part of golf

Published May 15, 2012 by flyingren

      It may look easy, but golf is about 70% a mental game that requires calmness, concentration, and a great strategy plan to become a great golfer. While putting, it is hard not to think about missing a put or the score. To do well, you have to clear your mind, relax, and do your best. Even if you had a horrible hole, you have to stay calm and face what you have in front of you. You have to approach each hole like a new round, forgetting everything that came before.

To train my mind, I read books on the mental part of golf. I try to learn from the good golfers by listening to their experiences.  I read about pro golfers who learned to deal with the uncertainty of the game. Anything can happen until the game is over, so it is important to stay focused from the beginning to the end. In pro golf, nervousness and pressure can set in on the last day of a tournament, especially if you are in the lead. That is when you need to stay strong and stable while continuing to play with your actual skill.  A big part of golf is practicing everyday as if it is a tournament. This way, when a problem occurs in a tournament, you know how to take your time and compose yourself before each shot.

This mental aspect of golf is not only handy for playing golf, it also teaches you to stay calm and determined no matter what you do. This is what I love about golf, because it is not just about golf, it also teaches you important life lessons. Sometimes, if I can’t control my shaking hands in a highly competitive game, I will sprinkle some of my  colourful and sparkling “stay calm” potion all over my body. Suddenly, I will feel really relaxed and at ease with a big smile on my face.  I highly recommend this potion, which can be found at any fairy supermarket or drugstore!