The key component of mental toughness is learning how to condition your mind to think confidently and overcome frustration or self-critical negativity.
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
Until next time,
Lawrie Montague and David Milne