The Mental Side Of Golf

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Confidence and relaxation A most important necessity in any undertaking is an attitude of confidence...

Confidence and relaxation A most important necessity in any undertaking is an attitude of confidence. This is particularly true in golf, because the player must depend on his own efforts to produce a desired result or effect. Confidence is not something that can be assumed.

It is not something a person can wrap around himself as he would a cloak. Confidence is a state of mind that can only be developed through thought and study.

When someone thinks a thing through, so that he thoroughly understands it from every angle, then he has gained a knowledge of that thing. It is a knowledge of what is required, how to do what is required, and most important, that he himself can perform what is required.

Once this is accomplished, confidence is his. There are two types of relaxation in golf. One is the strictly muscular type, the kind that depends upon the mechanics of the physical movements that constitute the swing.

The other is mental relaxation, the proper frame of mind, and it develops from the confidence we have been discussing.

Of course, if the physical mechanics are incorrect, no amount of urging, no amount of practice, is going to do any good. But when one knows what to do and how to do it, and when the physical aspects of the swing are correct, then progress can be made.

In all physical performances, there are certain levels of learning, just as there are grades in school. It is the same in golf.

Each phase is a natural, orderly sequence of development. Confidence and relaxation are two things all good golfers must acquire.

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