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Is Fear a Factor in Your Golf Game?

Here are some tips on how to manage fear and not let it be a hazard in your golf game.

By Stan Popovich  |  Nov. 4, 2018

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Many amateur golfers like to play for friendly competition, for charity, and for travel experiences.  Whether you golf for fun or for some other reason, fear can sometimes be a factor in ones’ game.

This article will go over a few ways an amateur golfer can help make sure that fear doesn’t affect their game whether you’re a beginner or a longtime golfer.

Here are some tips on how to not let fear be a factor in your golf game.

1. Self Visualization

Occasionally, a person may get anxious about an upcoming golfing event. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you have to perform in a crucial game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself performing. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming golf game or event.

2. Take A Small Break If You Can

Sometimes a person can get anxious when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a break for a few minutes that will give them a fresh perspective on things right before their golfing game.

3. Manage Your Negative Thinking Before You Start Golfing

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that you can carry around with you. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you. Whenever you feel stressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking right before you start golfing.

4. Don’t Worry Who Your Golfing Against

Focus on how you can best strive for perfection instead of worrying about your opponent. For instance, you are going against a good player in a local charity event, and you are nervous. Instead of focusing on how good your competition is, focus on your performance. Concentrate on how you can perform your activity and how you can best improve on your problem areas.

5. Ask For Help

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a golfing professional who can give you some advice on your golf game. A golfing professional will be able to provide you with additional information and insights on how to improve your own golf game. By talking to a golf instructor, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become a better golfer.

About the Author

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non-Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties.

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