Fore the Love of Golf – July 30, 2009

 

Jeff O'Malley

Jeff O'Malley

Have confidence in yourself

by JEFFREY S. O’MALLEY
Director of Golf
Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club

Just the other day, I read an article written by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D., involving a surfer and his mental confidence or lack of. After reading the article, I realized that it totally related to us golfers, too!

Cohn’s article was about a surfer who didn’t have full confidence in his own abilities. Around others, he always worried about what his peers and friends thought about his game. He would compare himself to other surfers and feel he didn’t match up to them. He was constantly concerned and guessing what others thought about his game.

The bottom line is he was his own worst enemy. He was way too hard on himself, tried to be too perfect, and his mind-reading affected his performance in a negative way. Mentally, he thought he was a bad surfer.

So, to better himself, he had to quit thinking about what others thought and not compare himself to others. He started to think positive thoughts about himself.

I believe we should always focus on the task at hand and stay in the moment. What others think should not affect what we do. Can you imagine comparing ourselves to Tiger Woods in ability? Now that is a total letdown. We should just tee it up and do the best we can on every shot, so when the round is over we will post the best score that we could shoot that day.

Remember that golf is 90 percent mental, so we should work on this more than the physical part and the same as a worse case scenario.

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