Have you ever seen a successful golfer that appears unconfident?

Likely not, confidence is something that comes more naturally to some than others but is something that is essential to be able to be at peak performance.

“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

I am sure we would all agree with Jack, confidence is a huge factor in a player’s success, and building and sustaining it requires effort time and dedication, but more importantly consistency.

Research shows that a large amount of our confidence is trainable!

Let’s look at a first step to building your confidence:


We inevitably become the things that we tell ourselves every day.

Do you think you are great?

You should. Telling yourself why you think you are great and why you believe you can achieve your goals, every day is critical to the development of your confidence. I would recommend that you do this as part of your daily routine.

Building confidence for golf requires noticing how you talk to yourself throughout your rounds and practice and the language you use.

If you’re telling yourself “I am rubbish, I can’t putt, I am an idiot or other negative self-talk, your mind and your belief system will be listening.

It’s ok to feel angry or disappointed at times, but that does not mean that you have to become negative with your self-talk.

A great exercise is to imagine that you are your own caddy. What would you say to the player when they hit a poor shot, make a mistake or get down on themselves? I am sure you would be supportive, encouraging and positive in your words to them. Remember this the next time you find yourself being negative in your own self-talk.

Talk to yourself as if you are your best friend or best coach – it will make a difference over time.

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