Mental Side/ Course Management
Good ball striking makes the game more predictable. Still, striking the ball does not make you a complete golfer, nor does good ball striking guarantee that you’ll shoot a low score. Yes, good ball striking, combined with a well-developed short game combined with a great mental approach to the game and fine course management skills, and combined with improved physical conditioning, will make you the best player you can be. Keep this in mind as you plan your practice time in the future. Working on your ball striking is important, but it should only take up a certain percentage of your practice time. The rest of your practice time should be spent on developing your short game, your mental side and course management skills, and your physical conditioning.If you play golf and you think about it, you’ll realize that you hit more shots in a round of golf from within 75 yards of the hole than you do from outside 75 yards. The short game is cut into two basic shots: chipping and putting. With chipping, your main goal is to always contact the ball before the turf. When chipping around the green, you want to the ball to role more to the hole rather then have it fly in the air to the hole. To make sure you execute this shot, make sure you play the ball in the back of your stance. This will keep the ball lower to the ground making sure you role the ball towards the hole. Putting can either make or break your score in the game of golf. Putting with confidence is a large factor because when you don’t believe you can make the putt 9 times out of 10 you won’t. When preparing to putt, set the putter down as squarely as possible to the line you’ve chosen. Always strive to keep your head perfectly still throughout the stroke. Putting is entirely a matter of precision. Keeping your head steady is the best thing you can do to guarantee that you will putt the ball on the line you’ve chosen.
The mental side of golf doesn’t say you can make the ball move with your mind. The basic concept of the mental side is to have some sort of imagination. Before actually hitting your shot, you must have a plan of attack. It may sound corny, but…