Only 12 percent of golfers focus on the Mental Game of Golf


I read about so many expert golfers and golf experts – not always the same people – imploring us that golf is a mental game. Yet only a select band of golfers use any form of golf psychology assistance to improve their game. Now, I know you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this on a golf hypnosis website.

Let’s hear what a few of those experts say, beginning with my favourite golfer and ending with one from Bobby Jones.

Your mind holds the key to your success at golf and your enjoyment of the “Greatest Game of All” – Jack Nicklaus.

“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behaviour on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.” – Jack Nicklaus

The biggest strength of Tiger Woods you can’t see. It’s his mind – Butch Harmon

You can will something to happen, with your body, with your mind. The mind is that strong. You can say, ‘I want to get this close to the hole.’ That’s where the mind comes in. The mind has to produce positive thinking. All the great players do that – Byron Nelson

Once you’re on the Tour, the mental part of the game is 85-90 percent – David Duval

Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears – Bobby Jones

So what about this survey? Well, despite all the sage advice above, a recent survey suggests that only 12% of golfers think that the mental game is the most important thing to work on for golf improvement. That’s astounding.

Here’s the final table from the survey:

Putting 24%
Chipping 16%
Driving 16%
Middle and Long Irons 16%
Mental Game 12%
Short Irons 12%

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