Mental Golf: The Role Of Emotions In Golf

You simply cannot over-state the importance of the role of emotions in golf!


“In the past, I would’ve stayed mad for four holes,
but that was everything I promised myself
I wasn’t going to do when I came out on the Senior Tour.  

About midway through last year [1994],
I made up my mind that I was going to play golf and enjoy it.”  
Bob Murphy 1995

the role of emtions in golf - bob murphy

Bob Murphy turned his career around when he realized the role of emotions in golf

When Bob Murphy changed his emotional response to his golf game, great things happened.  He went on to win four times in 1995.

Emotions affect our desire to drive for show, putt for dough,
and hit the best approach shots possible.

Everyone has seen people lose it on the course.
Balls, clubs, golf bags end up in the water.
People mangle their Big Bertha drivers after blowing both another drive and their cool.

Everything you do on the course is affected by your emotions.

The best golfers are in control of their emotions.

They don’t ignore them.  They don’t pretend they are not there.
They acknowledge them and deal with them.

What are some of the factors involved in emotions:


1. Expectations.  Tiger Woods does not drive every shot with perfect accuracy.  One of my clients came in all excited on the day of the British Open after Tiger lost his ball on the first hole.  “Today I played a shot as well as Tiger.”

Do you have realistic expectations on the course?  What is driving those expectations?

2. Perfectionism.  Look at your palms.  Do you see any nail holes?  No?  Good.  That means you are not perfect.  If you expect your golf game to be perfect, you are bound to be disappointed.

3. Injuries.  If you play with an injury, not only will you stress your body, you may also stress your game.  Take care of your body to play your best golf.

4. Tiredness.  Golf is a mind game.  You need to recharge your mental batteries on the links.  Listen to your favorite music.  Take a break.  Smell the breeze.

5. Personal Issues.  If there is “stuff” going on in your life – your job, your homelife, etc.  Don’t be suprised if it affects your game.  Hey, you’re human.  The more you deal with the issues, the quicker your handicap is going to head down.  Look at what happened to Tiger’s game after all his affairs were made public.  This is the clearest example of the power of mental golf training you will ever see.  Tiger’s mind made him the best ever, and his mind has made him merely a fine golfer.

If you are not managing your emotions and stress, they are going to manage you.

Only regular work on your emotions is going to produce the results that you want on the course.

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It will teach you how to take charge and change the role of emotions in golf for you.


  1. The mind has great power over the body, so keeping mentally fit on the golf course is important. Remember, breaks happen; good ones and bad ones. Don’t let them change your outlook. Bad shots and great shots also occur, so don’t let them get you too high or too low. You need to think one shot ahead, play the shot at hand, and never look back at the shot completed (maybe to learn from it, then move on).


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