Trying to improve your game by hitting shots on the range without a specific target in mind or smashing your driver is a sure way to ingrain faults and prevent you from playing your best. Hitting shots without being able to monitor success, don’t prepare you for the shots you will encounter during actual play or only count for a small percentage of the shots you have during a round will also make your game worse.


Instead of keeping your mind free and feeling relaxed, many golfers experience paralysis from analysis and overload their brain with too many swing thoughts that can be performance related (good and bad) and technique related do’s and don’ts. Your target and a positive outcome should be uppermost in your mind and the maximum swing thoughts should be two at the most with one at set up and one for your swing.


What sure fire way to put excessive pressure on yourself is to have unrealistic expectations about your play. Forget the fact the average Tour Pro only hits around 55% of fairways, holes 70% of 6’ putts on perfect surfaces and even Tiger at the height of his powers only won 22% of the events he played, you deserve more despite spending less time in the gym, on the range and actually playing.


Do you remember that day when you were in good form and flushed 7 iron shot right out of sweet spot from on a warm summer’s day with a tail wind? It went at least 180 yards after landing on a sprinkler and bouncing along a cart path but that shot has kept you choosing a 7 iron for every shot you have of 180 yards ever since despite but you keep wondering why you end up in the bunkers or water at the front of the green.


Golf is hard enough so if you are committing one of these deadly sins then you are making it even tougher. The good news is that you can make a change to make some long-lasting improvements. Training more effectively, simplifying your thought process, having realistic expectations that allow you to manage your emotions and develop better strategies, will lower your scores.