Byron Nelson used to say that the best golf practice he ever did was at 4 o’clock in the morning, in bed, before a tournament. This is fantastic for all golfers to follow and something you should start working on before spring rolls around and begin to play the golf courses in Muskoka.
However, most golfers are not very effective with their “mental practice” as it’s commonly called. They give it a short attempt at the advice of some pro on TV or in a magazine and then they give it up because they don’t see instant results.
What you want to do instead for your mental practice is to imagine that situation where you are under pressure…and the nerves come up….and you have a keyword or thought that you PRACTICE in your mind taking your nerves down.
In other words, you are mentally practicing getting control of your bodily state. If you were to do this a hundred times before the next real pressure putt, I would bet anything that you would actually be able to do this in reality and then truly, calmly go up there and putt like you know how without the tension.
Don’t Worry About Your Weaknesses
Forget that old school teaching that says you have to “identify your weaknesses.” You know darn well what holds you back in your game. Start focusing this round, for every shot on what you do well. ON WHAT WENT RIGHT! Build a storage of good things you are capable of to come back to time and time again.
When you do something bad, quickly analyze it for what can be learned AND THEN FORGET IT! FOREVER!
So start practicing this winter and preparing yourself for some fabulous rounds of golf and beating your personal best on some of Muskoka’s golf courses.