A Good Practice Attitude Goes a Long Way

In this article, we would like to take some time to talk about the mental side of practice. We already touched on the importance of focus earlier, and that certainly is a big piece of the puzzle. However, there is more to having your mind in the right place than just focusing on the job at hand. You also need to have a good attitude, which is not necessarily as easy as you might think.

Many golfers think about their games in a negative light. In fact, in the amateur game, it is almost a rite of passage to talk badly about your own skills and level of play. This is a hard game, and everyone fails along the way, so it is almost natural to talk about how poorly you perform on the course. This might make for fun conversation in your group, as each player takes a turn talking about his or her weaknesses, but talking this way can take a serious toll on your confidence. By turning this pattern around and instead thinking of your game positively, you just may make progress on the course.

As you might suspect, the best way to change the way you think about your game is to start in practice. Rather than dwelling on your struggles during practice, be optimistic and look for signs of improvement. Where do you see yourself getting better? Are you doing anything in today’s practice session that you couldn’t have done a week or month ago? Maybe you are now hitting a few draws, where before you could only play a fade. Celebrate your progress and look forward to making even more progress in upcoming practice sessions.

It should be noted that it will take time to turn around the way you think during practice. Golfers are programmed to see the negative, as they have been told right from the start how difficult this game can be. That is true, of course – this is one of the hardest sports in the world to play at a high level. It is not impossible, however, and you can make progress if you work hard and believe in yourself.

Once you begin to change the way you think during practice sessions, you will probably notice something else – you are suddenly having more fun. It’s no fun to think negatively all the time, so you are almost certain to get more enjoyment out of your practice sessions when you are in a good mood and paying attention to what you are doing well. Now that you are having more fun practicing, you will be even more motivated to get out and practice when time allows. This is a great cycle to find yourself in, and it just may lead to the best golf of your life.

Remember, negative thinking isn’t going to get you anywhere in this game. If the other golfers you usually play with tend to think negatively, make yourself stand out from the crowd and be different. Expect yourself to play well during each round, and expect yourself to make progress while you practice. There are still going to be plenty of bad shots along the way, but you don’t need to dwell on those mistakes. Take pride in your good shots, and learn from your bad ones so they are repeated as infrequently as possible.