Having full trust and confidence in yourself is hard to do especially under pressure. This is where the ole motto practice makes perfect comes into play. Simply put, you’ve got to practice so much that you don’t have to think about what it is that you’re about to do and rely completely on muscle memory to execute. Learning how to trust yourself and trust your swing will get you through more than you think.
In this article, I’m going to outline a few golf pointers which have helped me in the past and can help you to learn to trust your swing. But as with anything: practice, practice, practice!
Training the shots that you hate!
Don’t go to the range and practice the same shots over and over. Work on those shots that make you uncomfortable then when they arise on the course you won’t be so timid to hit them. One of my favorite and least favorite things that a coach once had me do was this. When I attended the range and was working my swing, as opposed to hitting shots with a pitching wedge, I got to work in it with a 6 iron.
Optimistic and uplifting thoughts is extremely important to succeed.
By simply telling yourself that you can do it, you already know this shot, you have practiced this shot and so forth will help more than you think. Having that positive self talk will give you more assurance; each goes together to form a solid foundation. As soon as you start thinking in a negative way or doubt yourself it’s game over!
Take a deep breath and relax….
When you have a shot that makes you uncomfortable or even a shot that is difficult, remember to breathe. Breathing before you swing will help release the tension and help you swing more fluidly. It will help calm your nerves and you have a greater chance of hitting that amazing shot you know you can.
If you are a yogi, this is where that breathing comes in! I already know what’s you’re thinking, but yoga can absolutely increase your golf game! Firmly plant your feet. Roll your shoulders a little, release your fingers, relax your jaw and remove your tongue from the roof of your mouth. Close your eyes and slow down. Slowly breath in through your nose, and slowly exhale out of your mouth.
It takes commitment to your shot!
Focus on the routine you’ve practiced a million times on the driving range. In fact, you have to practice your routine so much that by the time you step onto the golf course it’s second nature and you are able to do it without putting any active thought into it. It simply comes naturally because you’ve put the time into training your muscles to remember and know what to do.
Here’s how your can create your own routine. When I get in a situation on the course where I’m uncomfortable or its a difficult shot, first I’ll focus on figuring out my distance for the shot, then check the wind, followed by picking my club. From there I’ll put together my strategy for where I want to place the ball and commit to it. In this moment, I’m so focused on my target and set up that it doesn’t allow my brain to wonder off into negativity land.
I strictly focus on the steps it’ll take to go through my swing. By fulling committing to that shot allows me the confidence to know that it was the right decision which will lead you to having a higher percentage of success while executing that shot to its maximum potential.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to trusting yourself and knowing you can hit the make or break shots. Keep it simple and commit!