Mental toughness is one of the most important characteristics you can develop in order to perform successfully in golf tournaments. Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge which enables you to generally cope better than the majority of other golfers with the many demands that golf asks of you as a competitor.
Specifically, mental toughness means that you're more consistent and better in remaining determined, focused, confident, resilient, and in control under the pressure of tournament conditions.
The key component of mental toughness is learning how to condition your mind to think confidently and overcome frustration or self-critical negativity.
This is what I call managing the monster within. We all have a monster inside of us who can move us into unresourceful states where we struggle with our emotions and ability to persist during challenging times when we seem to be battling ourself more than the golf course.
At Pro Tour Golf College both David and I are well aware of the monster that lurks within and its ability to control and destroy your performances on the golf course. To become a top golfer you need to get control of your monster and ideally kill it so that it allows you to perform more to your potential.
You need highly effective weapons to fight and kill the monster, and you will need to be excellent in the following seven areas if you want to truly develop your competitive capability in tournaments.
1. Control Your Self-Confidence
You need to believe that you can perform well and be successful everytime you play a round of golf in a golf tournament
2. Control Your Negative Energy
You need to easily cope with the negative emotions of fear, anger, frustration and temper if you're going to be successful in golf tournaments
3. Control Your Attention
You need to stay focused to perform well in golf tournaments
4. Control Your Visualization and Imagery
You need to be able to create positive mental images that engage your attention which will reduce the mistakes you make during a competitive round
5. Control Your Motivation Level
You must have the energy and willingness to persevere even when it seems hopeless to do so
6. Control Positive Energy
You should have abundant energy and be open to experiencing fun and satisfaction when you compete in golf tournaments
7. Control Your Attitude
You must develop the habits of optimistic thinking and a never say never attitude
How Much Monster Do You Have in You Right Now?
If you are fighting the golf monster within, contact us today, and we'll show you how you can get rid of your monster by developing these highly important skills in your golf game, which will enable you to become calm, confident and courageous when you compete in golf tournaments.
Until next time,
Lawrie Montague and David Milne