The person who is relaxed and confident plays a better game of golf than one whose knees are shaking at thought of sand traps. Fear is one thing you never want to take with you to driving range.
Problems with a good player are almost always mental in nature. Thinking clearly really is name of game. And a clear head is impossible when fear reigns.
So if you change how you think, you change your game. Dont worry why ball flew where it did. Just keep your mind focused on next shot.
One of big problems for some folks is that they constantly worry about what others will think of them if they make a bad shot. If youre thinking about how someone else is going to perceive you, youre not concentrating on ball, on your swing, on basics.
Must you have approval of others? In grand scheme of life, is hitting a bad shot truly a disaster you can never overcome?
Psychologists tell us that we tend to become a composite of five persons were around most. Maybe you need to find some more relaxed folks to practice with.
Playing with a perfectionist translates into “no fun”. Why ruin joy of game for yourself? Find friends you can play game with just for pure enjoyment. Your game will likely improve as youre less tense and able to swing more freely.
One help in this aspect of overcoming fear is to concentrate solely on your game. Ben Hogan wrote that “to ignore gallery and other golfers, and to shut my mind against everything but my own game” was key to his concentration.