We can all picture a time during play when we needed a great shot and pulled it off. Leading up to that shot, you probably had a great mental image in your mind’s eye that helped to calm your mind and let you focus and commit to that positive outcome.
Unfortunately, we can also remember an important shot that didn’t come off and prior to taking your shot your thoughts were likely to have been the complete opposite. If you recognise this, step back, re focus and visualise a good outcome.
Pressure is self-perceived, so it is possible to set up situations that create it at any time keeping track of your progress. Pressure will affect muscle tension, which in turn has a detrimental effect on your swing. Focus on a positive outcome and the process of striking a great shot is a great way to offset pressure and tension.
If you fear hitting your shot into the water, your focus may be to avoid the water but that means a shot into the trees would be successful. Whether you are on a range or on the course, if your focus shifts to something else, you should move away and start the process from the beginning.
Your focus must be completely on the place where you want your ball to go. If you are hitting drivers to a target 250 yards away, you need to ensure that you are in the right frame of mind to execute the shot by selecting specific target (the smaller the better so misses will also be smaller) and committing to it.
Long term improvement and consistency is achieved by applying yourself in a good way mentally and physically for each time you visit the range or play and with a little patience, proper practice and perseverance, you will improve your scores.