Here are Anna's golf mental game tips to improve your scores.

Golf Mental Game Tips for Improvement

Posted: December 12, 2017 by Anna DePalma

Golf is extremely mental. Yes, while you need to be able play and hit the ball, you can’t succeed if you don’t have a good golf mental game.  I’ve been working with my mental coach since my sophomore year of high school and I don’t know what I would do without him. He has taught me so many lessons that I’ve been able to incorporate not just on the golf course but in my everyday life.

Some of my favorite and important golf mental game notes to always remember:
  • If you get 1% better everyday than in 100 days you will be 100% better. So if taking a day off is your 1% that day, then that is what you need to do for yourself!
  • Don’t get upset about things you can’t control
    • For example: If you have perfect preparation and you commit to the shot you can’t, or shouldn’t, get upset if the shot doesn’t turn out as you wanted. There could be other factors at play such as slow greens, slow play, weather, a bad bounce, etc. This is also a great life lesson!
  • Keep your emotions even
    • We all get upset over a poor shot which means we should be excited when we have a good shot. When you hit a great shot it seems like most golfers expect it, instead of using the positive self-talk like “heck ya Anna nice shot”! Instead, we always focus on the negative. If you can keep your negative self talk to a minimum and balance it with some positive affirmations, you’ll look like a different player!
  • Attitude is everything
    • I like to keep calm and composed so spectators won’t know if I am shooting 65 or 79, my body language will remain the same. Now don’t get me wrong, I get upset from time to time. Eventually though, I became a more calm golfer because I have worked hard at learning how to stay present and not give up! Which brings me to my next point.
  • Stay in the present
    • Focus one shot at a time and don’t get a head of yourself. Golf is one of my favorite sports because you can have a bad hole or a bad round but you can always come back if you stay in the present and keep grinding.
  • Stay focused on your target and visualize
    • On the golf course there are hazards, blind shots and more to avoid. But you if train your brain to focus on your target, you are going to have a better chance of hitting that shot you envision. If you say “Oh gosh, ok, don’t hit it in the water left,” chances are you are going to miss the shot left. Stay focused on your target.
  •  Commitment
    • A committed shot with the wrong club will always be better than the right club not committed!
  • Law Of Attraction
    • A positive mind will always get you farther. Find the positive and learn for each situation. For example: you can see where to improve by evaluating your stats. You just have to also remind yourself of the great shots you hit and improvements you’ve already made.
  • Trust the process
  • HAVE FUN! No matter how you are playing, remember to have fun and BElieve in YOUrself!

In addition to working with my mental coach, I also love to read golf mental game books. If you can’t see a mental coach, a lot of the great ones have written books so that these tips are easily accessible.

Here are the golf mental game books that I recommend:

Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by: Bob Rotella, Robert Cullen

Zen Golf by: Joseph Parent

Your 15th Club by:  Bob Rotella



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  • Bill Simons December 13, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Love your stuff!

    • Armana Christianson December 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much! We really appreciate you reading!

    • Anna DePalma December 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you! We are so happy you are enjoying our page =)

  • Robby January 7, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Nice post! I am going to show my daughter this. She made her high school team last season by default because they didn’t have anyone else signup and they needed a 5th player. And she just literally started playing when she joined the team last Feb, 2017. But this next season a lot more girls have signed up and they will probably have to have tryouts. She says she thinks the other girls have probably been taking lessons and will be a lot better than her. She started taking lessons last season but we have kind of hit a rough spot financially and had to stop. So she has to work on it on her own (with a little help from me, her dad). She says she sucks at golf and is afraid she isn’t going to be good enough to make it. I think she will do fine, she has come a long way since she started but that attitude won’t help…Anyway! Sorry to go on long. Love the website! Thanks for taking the time to share these things with others!

    • Armana Christianson January 7, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much Robby! We appreciate you sharing your daughter’s story. If either of you ever have questions or want to see us write about anything in the future, please email us!


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