Do you know how much your attitude and thought process before a round affects how well you play?
What you think about as you're driving to the course and the expectations you set for yourself as you warm up, can make or break a round before it's even started!
When you're feeling more confident, you play better. It's that simple. But how do you get yourself feeling as confident as possible? This is an important question.
Be as confident as possible
Your physical game is not going to improve during your warm-up (nor is it on the course), but your mind-set will determine how well you are able to access your best skills. If you start to doubt yourself or question your ability, it's going to be a struggle out there.
You have to believe that a great round is possible - this will help you produce those quality shots you know you are capable of. This is easier said than done. However, it is possible by using what I call "pre-round success triggers".
The prospect of a great round becomes a whole lot more believable when you ask the right questions and put everything in perspective.
After years of speaking to players of all levels (weekend golfers to Tour players) in the moments before a round, there's no doubt that your thought process and attitude at this time influences how you play. It's essential that you give yourself a good mental game warm-up by creating a mood for playing a great round of golf. In my brand new series of audio lessons, you'll get the same words of encouragement I offer my Tour players and something I call "success triggers" to help you stay positive and focused on the right things throughout your round.