Our minds can shift to negative thoughts on the golf course without us even realizing it. Shifting back to a positive mindset can be tough, so here are a few helpful ways to bring you back.
Negative Though Example: I have to make a good shot here.
Positive Thought Example: Just relax and put a good swing on it.
By changing the working to “put” instead of “have to” you are framing the game plan differently. Instead of it being a necessity, you are just setting your intentions for this swing.
Negative Though Example: I hope I don’t hit this fat.
Positive Thought Example: Focus on hitting the ball first.
My Dad, Mark Ludeman, always used to tell me “Your golf swing doesn’t understand the word don’t”. This means that if you are thinking of the water, you are probably going to hit it in the water. Set your intentions to the shot with your thoughts. Think about what you want to do, not what you do not want to do.
Watch this video for more clarification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7d4dy_aBDE
Author: Alex Ludeman PGA of Canada Golf Professional