Following are a few more ideas on improving your performance on the golf course. Part one of this series can be found here.
Forget about bad shots – Accept the outcome of a bad or imperfect shot and then forget about it. Don’t try to figure out what you did wrong. Especially, if you are otherwise playing good. Instead, use the time before your next shot to focus on what you are going to do next. Use your time on the course productively and your performance will improve.
Improvements usually come in small steps – Don’t always use your score as the only measure of improvement. One round may consist of all bogeys and double bogeys resulting in a certain score. The next round may consist of some pars, bogeys and maybe one or two really bad holes that results in a similar score. Although the resulting score is similar, the fact that several pars were made shows improvement. It also shows that what needs to be worked on is consistency. This takes time, patience and a lot of practice. Strive to make one more good shot or putt then you did in your last round and you will show steady improvement.
Find your rhythm – What I am referring to here is the rhythm of your pre-shot routine. By developing a constant rhythm in your pre-shot routine, you will inadvertently develop a good rhythm for your swing. If your round is deteriorating and you see that your pre-shot routine has changed (it usually speeds up) take steps to get it back in order and your swing will improve.
Make a mental checklist – Unless you are a professional it is almost impossible to correct a problem with your swing on the golf course. Make a mental checklist of areas that need work and put emphasis on those things the next time you are on the practice range. Mental checklists give you a frame of reference and clarity of purpose for improvement.