Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 638 - December 9th, 2020
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: Confidence In Golf (and Life)

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Tom's Featured Tip: Confidence In Golf (and Life)

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

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A lot of players think that either you have confidence or not, but confidence can actually be developed and nurtured.

It's a skill that can actually be worked on daily, and it's absolutely worth the effort.

Here are a few of my favorite confidence building methods.
  1. Self Talk

    One great method for building self confidence is self talk.

    I'm not talking about thoughts, I'm talking about words. Thoughts happen to us, whereas self talk is a choice.

    The right self talk gets you into a positive frame of mind to play, helps you focus, and motivates you to play your best. Here's how to create self talk scripts: Self Talk Explained

    If you are truly serious about building confidence, self talk scripts are indispensable. Create one or two for yourself, use them each day for two weeks, and you'll be amazed at the results.

  2. Train For Optimism

    Remind yourself of your good swings, shots, and results from the past. Top performers in any field believe that something good is going to happen next. That's why Michael Jordan always wanted the ball when the game was in the line.

    There's no reason that you can't think that way too.

  3. Mental Imagery

    Before each round (and also at the start of each day) see yourself as the player you want to be, and see the success that goes along with that success.

    All of the top athletes do a mental rehearsal of their performance before doing it for real.

    Pre round routines are a key factor in game improvement and realizing your long term goals.

  4. Develop Self Trust.

    Trust yourself to do the things that you intend to do. Keeping small promises to yourself each day leads to big changes in self trust, self confidence, and building good habits.

    I heard a four star Army General offer this doable tip for building good habits: make your bed first thing as soon as you get up.

    If you aren't doing that now, try it and I'll personally promise you that you'll experience a more organized frame of mind for the rest of your day. For real.

  5. Preparation

    I've saved the best for last.

    Preparation makes you feel like you've earned the right to be successful.

    It's an indispensable quality for a confident, organized frame of mind.

    It's in my life now, but it wasn't always that way.

    When I was 18 I had a scholarship to UB, but by November of my first semester I joined the Navy because I was flunking out.

    I found out that shooting pool and playing pinochle at the student union in Norton Hall was not optimal preparation for exams. In my defense, after I got out of the Navy, I went back to school part time and never got less than an "A" on any course - because I prepared to the "nth" degree.

    Whether it's for an exam or a competitive round of golf, there's no better feeling than knowing that you're as prepared as you can be. Your self confidence peaks.

    "Itís not the will to win that matters, everyone has that. Itís the will to prepare to win that matters." Paul Bear Bryant

    Develop your will to prepare, then just do it!

Pick one or two or all of the ideas above and work them into your golf game and your life. I guarantee that you'll like the results.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan