If your going to reach you potential, you need a mental approach to the game that will allow you to push yourself as far as your body will allow. People set false limits on themselves, either by setting their long-term expectations to low, or burning out trying to chase unrealistic short term expectations. You have to convince yourself that anything is possible over the span of years of training and practice, but that small improvements in technique, putting stats, or an extra pound lifted is the way your going to get there.
You also need intentionality about your goals. By this I mean, you aren’t training to be a little better, to be the best player in your club; your training to be the best. You must work on developing the utmost confidence in yourself, your ability, and your potential.
One of the best pieces of advice I can give you in this is to surround yourself with coaches and players who have walked the path you want to walk and accomplished the things you want to achieve; make like a sponge and soak everything you can from these people around you, ask question and above all learn!
Optimise your training to your needs.
If your going to approach your full potential, you have to learn how to tweak things and tailor training to your individual needs. Losing too many tee balls in the rough? Not hitting enough greens in regulation?…Prioritise these areas in your practice regime. In the gym, we all have different muscular imbalances or flexibility issues that affect our ability to produce an anatomically correct golf swing. As such, specific programs need to be developed that are tailored to the individuals need. For instance, females are often naturally hyper mobile but lacking in strength and stability so these areas should be targeted in the gym. You need to learn how to tailor training volume, intensity, and frequency to your individual needs. You need to learn, either through expert guidance or via trail and error how to build a program that’s perfect for you. How to balance gym work, practice time, etc in a way that’s appropriate for you.
You must have accountability.
It’s easy to lose a sense of urgency when chasing far of dreams and goals. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to write down your goals down and keep them somewhere you’ll see them. Having a coach, a team, or a community to keep you accountable helps immensely by keeping you honest for your actions day-to-day, week-to-week, when you may otherwise get distracted.
Competition is also a great tool to keep you accountable. It’s always on your mind that on a given day you’ll have to step onto the course and perform. Do yourself a favour and sign up for you local club champs right away…give yourself something to work for. Even for most who compete regularly, though, an outside source of accountability, such as a coach is tremendously beneficial.
Seek to learn continuously.
As I said earlier, make like a sponge, soak up everything you can from the people around you, ask question and above all learn! You don’t know everything and you never will. But the larger the knowledge base you have the better you’ll be able to optimise your training and practice. Seek out credible sources of information, ask experts in the field, find a mentor. The more you learn now, the fewer roadblocks you’ll encounter on the road ahead.