Find Your Comfort Zone in Golf

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Updated: November 5, 2011
Comfort Zone

Being able to find your comfort zone during a round of golf helps you develop self-confidence and will lead to lower scores.

Everyone including professional golfers have to deal with their nerves during a round of golf. The big difference is professional golfers can still perform at a high level under pressure. This is mainly because they know how to find their comfort zone when it counts.

For amateurs, you can start with confidence and then have it disappear with one poor swing of the club.

There are times when you approach the first tee nervous as hell.  You tee off hitting a picture perfect drive and the rest of your round plays out better that you could imagine. You head down the course with a spring in your step feeling invigorated and ready to go.

When this happens you have entered the “Comfort Zone”.

How do you find your comfort zone in golf?

Forget About Your Score – Who cares about the score?  If you are thinking about how many strokes you took, you will never relax and get into the zone.

Instead, focus on each shot and the results you want.  You have to develop the ability to see each shot for what it is.

Prepare Yourself Before Your Round – All too often I see a golfer scrambling and rushing at the last minute to make their tee time.

This is an absolute show stopper.  Arrive early and take time to warm up. Take some practice swings and a few putts. Get your mind off of work and thinking about golf.

Selective Short Term Memory – Forget about that bad shot you had and move on. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it after the fact. You need to develop a selective short term memory.  Leave the bad shots in your dust and remember the good shots.

Ben Hogan once said that he expected to have at least 3 or 4 poor shots in each round he played.  Hogan knew in advance that there would be a few times when he would be looking at a recovery shot and prepared himself mentally.

If you have prepared yourself to expect a few errant shots, they are less likely to affect you results.  You will be able to remain in your comfort zone even though every shot isn’t exactly what you hoped for.

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One Comment

  1. Troy Vayanos

    November 13, 2011 at 14:18

    Great post,

    Some really good points made. I especially like the part about preparing yourself to hit 3 or 4 bad shots per round as what Ben Hogan did.

    Good advice we all can learn from.

    Cheers

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