Be at peace with yourself


Brooks Koepka

IN this second part on the mental aspects of the game, we again look at how amateurs find golf a tough sport psychologically.

Indeed, a lot of this has to do with negative thoughts – those that have us stiffen up over a shot and hit the ball to the exact place that we do not want it to go.

Most club players want to shave a stroke or two, or more, off their scorecards. And many succeed by just toughening themselves up mentally. There are certainly several ways to do this and even seasoned Tour pros like four-time Major winner and world number seven Brooks Koepka here use them from time to time.

Here are a few that you might want to consider the next time you step out on to the tee box:

It’s all about beliefIf your think you can play better than you are now, then surely you will play better if you believe. Remember, you have to believe in your own ability – so put that into practice.

Positive thoughtsWhen you make a mistake, it is a good idea to get it off your mind before moving on to the next hole. Think about something other than that and make sure it is a positive thought.

Feel comfortable

If you choose to socialise or not with your buddies on the course, then so be it, because the more you find your space and revel in it, the more comfortable and you will be – and you will play better for it.

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