Train Your Mind to Focus with Mental Golf

Focus with Mental Golf

Train Your Mind to Focus with Mental Golf

We’ve all experienced a bad putt…  That 1-foot stinker that really ruined your day and had you grumbling all the way home that evening… That one bad shot made you all tense, caused you to lose focus on the rest of your game, and probably ruined several shots after it. How did that one putt go so bad?

Bad putts like this one are often due to thinking ahead. When you approach a shot, don’t think of what you’ll be faced with should the ball roll past the cup by a foot. If you don’t focus on this putt, you’re just cheating yourself out of your full attention and you’re already hung up on something that has yet to come. If this sounds familiar, you may want to train your mind to focus with mental golfDave Castellan, director of golf instruction for Deerhurst Golf Academy of Ontario, Canada, writes more about focusing on the wrong thing:

Golf, like most sports where we are trying to propel an object to a target, is similar to hockey, tennis, darts and basketball. In my experience the biggest challenge golfers have is to take the focus off of the stationary object, being the golf ball, and focus on the real objective, which happens to be connecting to the target.

Most golfers have been introduced to phrases like keep your head down, watch the ball, don’t move your head, and hit the ball. We all seem to graduate with flying colours but really fail to grasp the true objective of the game.

These words of wisdom mislead most golfers to isolate on the golf ball, creating a hit impulse usually starting with the hands and arms initiating the downswing creating an outside-in swing path directed at the ball and we then wonder why the majority of golfers slice the golf ball.

When we observe the best players in golf, as in other sports, you will see their intense focus is on the target, not the object they are trying to make contact with. Baseball pitchers focus on the catcher’s glove, hockey players pick a spot to shoot at or pass the puck to, while tennis players focus on a spot in the opposite side of the court where they want to direct serve or the return shot. It is uncanny how a clearer image of the target usually results in a positive outcome.

Golf has its challenges because we are dealing with a stationary object, giving us too much time to overthink about mechanics and swing, while addressing the golf ball. How many times have you stood over the ball, taken a look at your target, then focused all your attention on that two-ounce 500-pound intimidator known as the golf ball.

So much focus is put on the ball that all target imagery completely disappears, in most cases creating a hit impulse at the ball instead of a swing motion through to the desired target whether it is down the fairway or to the green.

Okay, so you’ve got to focus on the shot you’re taking right now, not the next shot. And you’ve got to focus on the target, not the ball. This will become easy when you train your mind to focus with mental golf.

Have you ever been really distracted out on the course? What did you do to help you focus on your game? In the comments section below, let me hear about some of the mental techniques that you’ve tried.


  1. Getting a mental image of the positive outcome of your shot really helps create a successful shot. Trusting your swing to contact the ball should be a matter of fact. Select a club and picture the ball hitting the specific target you are focused on and then hit the shot with no regrets and no second thoughts.

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