Great Golf Advice: Improving Your Focus

Golf is a game that requires good focus to play well. However, the challenge with keeping your focus on the golf course comes from the fact that most rounds of golf take four or more hours to complete. It is difficult to focus on any one task for that length of time, so many golfers find that their attention wanders onto other things - and their golf suffers as a result. In order to successfully play your best from the first tee to the last green, you will need to learn how to manage your focus properly.

The tips below are meant to help you fine tune your focus during a round of golf so you are always thinking about the task at hand when it matters most.

  • Take mental breaks. While a round of golf takes over four hours most of the time, you aren't actually playing the game for that whole time. In fact, most of the time on the course is spent walking to the ball, finding a yardage, chatting with your playing partners, etc. The actual amount of time you are swinging the club is very short. Therefore, you don't need to worry about focusing at all times - just the important times. Get focused while you are preparing to hit a shot, and stay focused through the swing. Repeat this process for every shot throughout the round.
  • Have a goal. It is always easier to stay focused on the task at hand if you have a specific goal in mind. For example, you might want to break 90 on the scorecard for the round you are playing. If that is your goal, focus your energy on doing what you need to do with each shot to make that a reality. Even if you get frustrated and start to lose focus, holding on to that goal will bring your mind back where it needs to be.
  • Turn off your phone. If you bring your phone with you out onto the golf course, you might be tempted to check it regularly during the round. That will only serve to distract you from the task at hand and take your mind other places than the golf course. Unless you have to have your phone on for work or family reasons, turn it off and allow your mind to remain completely focused on playing your best golf.