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Mental Preparation for Golf: Building Self-Confidence and Beyond

Golf is as much a mental game as it is physical. One crucial aspect of this mental game is self-confidence. In this discussion, we'll delve into the concept of self-confidence in golf and explore its close companions: self-esteem and self-affirmation.

Self-confidence in your game doesn't equate to arrogance. It signifies a belief in your ability to perform consistently, regardless of the circumstances. It's about knowing you can reproduce your best performances, regardless of the stakes.

Understanding these concepts is essential for implementing a 7-point action plan in your golf training and competition to solidify your self-confidence.

Many individuals come to me at my practice in Switzerland seeking improvement in their golf, tennis, music, or even their regular jobs. Across these diverse situations, common issues like anxiety, fear, and occasional anger emerge, all linked to self-confidence. Adversity during a game can dent your self-assurance, making it crucial to grasp these concepts for effective application of the 7-point plan in golf. I firmly believe that compared to amateurs, golf professionals often possess superior mental strength over technical prowess.


There are two types of self-esteem: personal self-esteem and social self-esteem.

  • Personal self-esteem involves feeling good about oneself based on individual qualities and abilities, such as one's performance in golf.

  • Social self-esteem, on the other hand, relies on the approval and validation of others. You can test this when you're accustomed to being the best player among your group of friends, but suddenly find yourself surrounded by better players. How do you react to this?

Self-esteem generally consists of two criteria: how we perceive our own game and our actual performance on the golf course. The gap between these two can determine our level of self-esteem. The greater the difference, the lower our self-esteem tends to be


Self-confidence refers to believing in one's own abilities and being confident in executing them. It can be viewed as the practical application of self-esteem. For example, you may excel in practice sessions but struggle in competitions. Why is there a difference? Physiologically, whether golfing alone in practice or in front of others during competition, shouldn't it be the same?

No, and this is where self-confidence plays a crucial role. It is primarily about believing that you can effectively apply your skills and utilize your resources, regardless of the setting.


Self-affirmation is the ability to assert one's rights and express oneself without belittling others. It is closely linked to both self-esteem and self-confidence, and it is particularly essential in competitive environments.

Without self-esteem, self-assertion becomes fragile. As you progress in building self-confidence through action and success, you reinforce your self-esteem and, consequently, your self-affirmation. These three concepts are intricately interconnected and influence one another.

The 7 actions :

Now that we understand these concepts, let's explore seven actions to transform them:

1. Accept Your True Golf Level

Embrace and love yourself, recognizing that your performance may vary. Instead of being surprised by occasional bad shots, focus on maintaining mental resilience. Accepting your true golfing abilities involves acknowledging both your successes and shortcomings. 

2. Examine Your Beliefs and Needs

Review your mental framework, as certain beliefs and needs may hinder your progress. Identify any limiting beliefs that may be holding you back and work on reshaping your mindset to foster growth and resilience.

3. Mind-Body Connection

Acknowledge the intimate connection between your mind and body. Practices such as proper breathing techniques and posture can significantly impact your performance on the golf course. Ensure that your body is adequately nourished and oxygenated to support optimal functioning.

4. Surround Yourself with Positivity

Surround yourself with positive influences and eliminate toxic relationships and negative self-talk. Your environment greatly influences your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, so choose wisely.

5. Clarify Your Objectives

Define your objectives and align them with your values and aspirations. Having a clear sense of purpose will guide your actions and provide motivation to pursue your goals diligently.

6. Take Action

Take consistent action to build self-confidence. Remember that perfection is not necessary; what matters is progress. Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself on the golf course to enhance your confidence and skills.

7. Establish Discipline and Routine

Developing discipline and establishing routines can provide structure and stability, boosting your self-confidence. Incorporate practices such as simulated golf courses during practice sessions and maintain a relaxed attitude to optimize your performance


Maintain a diary to track your progress, challenges, and successes in golf. By implementing these seven actions, you can cultivate self-confidence and resilience while staying true to yourself. Remember, self-confidence is not an isolated trait but rather a product of various factors working together harmoniously. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Otherwise, take action and pursue your golfing goals with confidence.


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