I think as in everything else, in golf, confidence and believing that you can do something are keys to actually playing well.  We, humans, have this tendency to spiral miserably when failing. One slice or other golf mistake might cause your confidence to drop, which in turn makes you even worse of a golfer. Lots of professional golfers seem to agree that the key to succeeding in golf is keeping your cool even every shot you take turns out to be terrible. You must have mental attitude of a winner, which means believing in yourself that this bad streak will be over and some time soon enough, you will play golf brilliantly again. If you are afraid of failure, you will be constantly agonizing over that fear on the golf course and won’t be able to achieve anything remarkable that day.

One could argue that all sports need confidence and clear mind, but i think it’s clear why it is more so in golf’s case than any other sport. While other sports are more dynamic and focused on physical strength, golf is more static and a lot depends on clear decision-making. There are few key moments when the fate of the game is decided, so it’s much more likely for players to get nervous in these moments and their nervousness has serious impact on overall result. Because of the difference in styles of playing the sports, being calm, reserved and patient is an advantage for golfers, while being hot-headed might be advantageous for football players. Playing aggressively doesn’t pay in golf because being emotionally charged makes you more likely to make mistakes. In golf, winning strategy is keeping your cool and trying to do your best with every shot.

Still, even with all this knowledge, sometimes making bad golf shots can get to you, but there are few things you can do to fight back. First of all, what i do is, i always go to the golf course prepared for the worst. Before i go to the course, i usually prepare myself for the occasional slice or some other golf mistake, just to be prepared when it actually happens. This allows me to save energy that i would’ve spent on getting down on myself, and use that energy for something productive like trying to find ways to reduce likelihood of slice. Fun fact, i just found out that using certain drivers can be a great way to fix slice. Drivers alone won’t do much, of course, you’ll need to practice too, but still, getting a driver tailored to solve your problem can be a good start. One other thing that helps me do better on the golf course is imagining myself making good shots. I know it may sound strange, but this process somehow motivates me and at least in my head, helps me do better. We’ve all heard of placebo effect, and it might be caused by that, but you don’t have anything to lose if you just try.

Except for making bad shots, there is one other thing that significantly shakes my confidence and that is using golf clubs that aren’t fit to my requirements. It may be little disadvantage in action, even though i don’t think it is and consider it to be serious problem, but in my mind, it’s huge. Whenever i hit golf ball with the clubs that i don’t like, i expect it to go bad, and most of the time, my expectations come true. That’s why, i think, it’s absolutely crucial to get the task of getting a golf club set right. You should spare as much time on researching ins and outs of golf clubs as you can before you decide to buy them. You can also go to local sporting goods store and ask for advice from salesmen there, but i think it’s better to choose golf clubs by yourself.

One more tip i have to give for nervous golfers is to stay focused and take deep breaths. Whenever i am nervous or my hands are shaky, taking deep breaths really helps me stay mentally fit.