When I talk to golfers about their sources for building confidence in their game, amateur and elite players often tell me that successful performances are their number one determinant of confidence.
This response raises some important questions to think about:
You’re then left with HOPE as a strategy, feeling anxious, over-whelmed, and never in control of your performance.
When players’ focus solely on results as their confidence building blocks learning is compromised and the ability to develop reliable recipes for winning doesn't happen.
Many athletes talk about ‘performance’ and they actually mean ‘results.’ There is a distinction. Performance is the input or your recipe you create to maximize your chances of achieving the outputs (result).
Performance is not results. Results are results.
Put another way, performance is the HOW and the result is the WHAT.
To play golf at the level you want more consistently and feel confident in what you are doing, you have to focus on your performance building blocks as much as you do the results.
A results-only focus will set you up to believe that ‘you are only as good as your last result’ and that can be scary when you are in a rut and haven’t strung a few solid rounds together for a while.
When you focus solely on results as your foundation for confidence in your game you will respond poorly to performance slumps, and fall into the all too common pattern of worry, doubt, and dramatic meetings with your coach about a swing over-haul to find form.
Think about how gritty players get the job done when they aren’t feeling at their best? It always comes down to having the right performance focus, on your key ingredients that you have control over no matter how poorly you are striking the ball.
Top players not only achieve great results consistently but also love to compete. This is because they understand their recipe for winning, and don’t go into events hoping things will go their way.
They go in confident in a game plan they have tested, and they focus on quality preparation that is NOT based around tweaking their swing or hitting it well.
Here are 5 ways for shaping your performance focus and building a reliable recipe for true confidence:
Dr Jay-Lee Nair
Visit Dr Jay-Lee to learn how to shape your performance process at the Singapore Sports Medicine Centre.