Playing against golfer who’s better than you can be depressing, especially if you’re competitive. Some people are so competitive that they obsess over their rival, and can’t manage to play as well as they would normally. They lose focus and eventually the challenge as well. Having clear mind is one of the most important recipes for playing good round. Losing makes these same golfers even more anxious, and it’s basically a vicious cycle that they can’t escape. I’ve been this once or twice, and it’s not a good look, so i wanted to share my tips for how to not get too emotionally attached to winning golf challenge. Or, if you can’t do that, i’ll also include tips on how to win.
First and foremost, learn your opponents. What are their strengths and weaknesses. This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many golfers overlook and don’t use obvious advantages they have over the competition. Don’t underestimate people, there is always some lesson to be learned from every loss and win. It’s good measure to have at least watched your opponent play before you play against him or her. That gives you opportunity to quickly figure out an angle you can use to win. Knowing your opponent can also be liberating, because you’ll realise they are imperfect humans just like you and have just as much flaws. Having properly fitted, game-improvement clubs won’t hurt your chances, either. Irons are most important by long shot, and if you plan on getting good clubs, this guide will be useful to you.
That brings us to negative thinking. Before you actually meet the person, try to not speculate on how strong they are, or anything like that. The fear of losing can be crippling, and will decrease your chances of actually winning. Even if your competition is considerably better than you, that shouldn’t prevent you from doing your best and giving up the rest to luck. Even the best golfers have lost to much weaker opponents, things like that happen all the time. Whenever you’re playing against someone better, it’s good practice to have winner’s mindset. Being confident makes you a better player, in a way.
Before the match, try to look inward and detect all flaws and shortcomings your golf game might have. Practice on improving those, and making sure that you’re in the best physical shape you can be for ensuing match. Even if you lose, you end up with valuable experience that will help you succeed later on.
And last, but not least, accept the fact that you might lose, and it will not be end of the world. Losing is part of any game, and learning to accept it gracefully will make you much better opponent.