Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 600 - Wed. March 18th, 2020
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Tom's Featured Tip: Improve Your Mental Focus

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Tom's Featured Tip: Improve Your Mental Focus

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

I have a student that is on a golf trip down south, and we had this text correspondence a couple days ago:

" Good morning Tom. Had to share this... the last 5 holes of yesterday’s round at Long Bay in Myrtle Beach were 3 pars, a birdie and a bogey. First time I felt in the "zone”" all trip. Looking forward to continuing that in today’s round. See you when I get back, I still feel like I need a tune up.

- Nice job Don, what did you attribute your success to?

Mental focus

The better you get at the physical side of golf, the more important the game’s mental side becomes.

Put another way: As proper swing mechanics become ingrained and automatic, continued improvement rests on your ability to handle golf’s many psychological challenges.

One of the most prevalent challenges is the ability to focus on each shot for an entire round. Most golfers find this is much easier said than done.

Any number of factors can cause you to lose focus for a single shot, a couple of holes or even a long stretch. You may be distracted by a poor result on a previous shot, the thought of an upcoming hazard, or personal issues entirely unrelated to golf. The brain’s energy and capacity for focus has peaks and valleys. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Like mastery of the golf swing, perfect concentration is fleeting. One hole you've got it, the next hole you don't. Here are a four tips to boost your focus and help lower your scores:
  1. Develop a strict pre-shot routine

    The best way to block out unwanted thoughts is to give yourself something specific to focus on. Going through a pre-determined sequence of actions before each and every shot achieves this goal.

    While there’s no single right way to build a pre-shot routine, it should include steps to get you aligned properly with your mind fixed on the target. This will also make you more consistent from shot to shot.

    If you are not using a pre-shot routine, here are a couple of examples to get you started: Pre Shot Routines - Putting and Other

  2. Analyze bad shots, then let them go

    Dwelling on mistakes is a sure way to lose concentration and destroy your round. It’s even worse if you tend to get angry or down after a poor shot or hole.

    In golf, as in life, every unpleasant experience presents an opportunity to learn and grow. After a lousy swing or stroke, distance yourself emotionally and determine what you did wrong. File away the info for future use and move on.

  3. Flip The Switch

    Concentrate and focus intensely during your pre-shot routine and during your execution, then fip the switch off and enjoy your surroundings between shots. If you relax your mind between shots, your concentration will be stronger when it's called upon. No one, not even the best players in the world, can concentrate for a full 18 holes without losing focus. Turn it on and turn it off. For me personally, flipping the switch is the key to maintaining a sharp mental game.

  4. Keep your body well-nourished

    Golf isn't generally considered to be a physically taxing activity, so nutrition is an often overlooked key to playing well. Eating the right foods before and during a round is an easy, fool-proof way to improve your energy and focus. Nibbling on a protein snack like nuts or trail mix every few holes will definitely help your concentration stay on an even keel.
Try all of it, you'll love it!


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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