How to Develop Golf Poker Face!

by Max on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

For those of you who have played golf for at least several years, you probably know when someone mentions “poker face” on the golf course. In fact, this is actually one of the most important key factors to playing high-level golf.

Golf is a sport where your emotions can easily get in the way and you can ruin your round literally by laughing your a** off to the 18th green.

Do you remember the last time you made a birdie, then got so excited that you thought about shooting under par, breaking 80/90, then double-bogeyed the next hole? Or maybe worse?

That’s exactly what I am talking about, you can let your emotions run your thoughts on the golf course.

Or how about the last time you made a triple bogey on a hole then follow it with 3 more triples?

Whether you have a good hole or bad hole, it’s imperative that you learn to control emotions. Imagine those monks (even if you are not buddhist and I am not) meditating, that’s how your mind should be if you want to play your best golf.

Meditating on the golf course, are you crazy?

Well I didn’t say literally but your brain should always be near an even, steady state. Never let a good shot or bad shot make yourself think too far ahead.

It’s about “detaching” your emotions from yourself on the golf course, not adding to it. And no, if you are one of those club-throwing freaks, you’ve got a long way to go. I would suggest playing some golf videos games first to improve your angry behavior. And trust me, it took me around 10 years to get my anger under control, 10 YEARS! I was very young though when I started golf but many of you start golf more mature so use your maturity when you are on the golf course.

So, how do you train your mind to meditate on the golf course and separate your emotions from your golf shots?

Simple, you need to practice it right. Next time you are on the range, on the practice green, or playing another round of golf, practice “poker face”. This means even if you just hit a 250-yard 3-wood second shot on a par 5 to 2 feet or you just shanked your drive OB on the first hole, try your best to show no emotion, DETACH all emotion from your golf shot.

Or if you are on the driving range, don’t get mad because you can’t fix your 50 yard hook or don’t get so excited that you hit 3 shots in a row that hit the target.

I challenge you to a 100% emotionless practice or a round. The thing is, we are all humans and there’s no way you are going to play perfect at 100%. Even best players in the world probably get near 95% at best.

But the more you can do this poker face thing, the better you will be able to handle situations on the golf course and your golf scores will eventually lower as a result.

Try it out and let me know how well you do, poker face drill.


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