Gaining, or regaining, confidence is
critical to long term success and satisfaction
for a player. Many young players take
confidence for granted. Their belief, or
“knowing”, that they have the ability to
perform is taken for granted. It isn’t until
their normal levels of success are challenged
do they realize that confidence is elusive,
temporary, and intangible. This is where the
great players separate themselves from the rest
of the pack.
Great players gain control of their thoughts
and emotions and commit to staying confident --
despite their recent poor performance. When
hit by failure, poor players begin to make
excuses, blame others, and seek confidence in
the form of new putters, drivers, and
state-of-the-art swing aids.
Success fuels confidence. One of the most
effective strategies to boost confidence is to
succeed. This may mean enrolling in a
tournament or match that will allow for
success, setting playing goals that are
attainable, or making the point to consciously
recognize progress as it occurs. If a player
is waiting for his competitors to feed his
confidence, he’ll be waiting a long, long time.
Confidence is an inside game. Successful
players, young or old, learn to turn that
mysterious and elusive thing called
“confidence” into something tangible and real.
Confidence becomes their caddy. Confidence is
the key compound in the head of their putter.
Confidence is wound tightly into their ball.
Confidence is in the crunch of their snack at
the turn… a bright-red, luscious apple. Crunch!
TipMake sure your self talk
boosts your confidence. Always tell yourself,
“I can, I will.”
In Another's Word
...“Confidence is the most
important single factor in this game, and no
matter how great your natural talent, there is
only one way to obtain and sustain it; work.”
– Jack Nicklaus