Mental Golf Tip: Watch Your Language

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Mental Golf Tip: Watch Your Language

A powerful mental golf tip: watch your language! You see, language has a direct effect on your golf game. If you are using the wrong kind of language, it is damaging your score. The wrong kind of language is when you say something like: “I hope my game will improve”. Is your game really going to improve? No. All you said is just that you are going to sit around and “hope” that it does.

Are you “trying” to improve your golf game? Do you know what it means to “try”? When you use the word “try”, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You allow for the possibility that you won’t succeed. Simply put: Anytime you’re TRYING to do something – you’re not DOING it. If someone tells you that they’ll “try and make it” to your dinner party and someone else tells you that they’ll “definitely be there”… Which person are you going to set a place for? Let me take you back to the 2009 British Open to show you what I mean.

There were 2 remaining golfers: Tom Watson and Stewart Cink. So why did Cink beat out Watson? Is he really such a better golfer? No. It has to do with mental game… You see, when Watson approached the par five 17th hole, he turned to his caddie and said: “I don’t know if I can get it out, but I reckon I’ll give it a try”. And that’s what he did – he “tried” and got a double bogey on the 17th hole. If Watson would’ve been using the language of a confident golfer – he might’ve had a better chance at the claret jug.

The opposite is also true: if you are using the right kind of language, you are letting yourself play your best. Know who used this trick? Golf pro Bernhard Langer.

A few years ago, at the 3M Championship (in Blaine, Minnesota), two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer eagled the  last hole to win the tournament. He was standing at the edge of the green when he chipped the ball right into the hole for a distance of about 10 feet. It was the first eagle to win a tournament in 3 years! But this shot is more amazing than that… Langer knew he was going to eagle even before he took his shot! He later mentioned: “Before I played that shot, I told my son, ‘I’m going to make this’.” And he did.

So take this mental golf tip: watch your language! Before your next putt, say this instead: “I am absolutely going to sink this putt.” When you talk with confidence, you improve your self-image and boost your confidence. Want to learn how to speak the language of the pros and start playing your best golf consistently? Check out Golfersmind and be on your way. But before you do, see how you make out on the Golf Test: http://www.golfersmind.com/the-golf-test/

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