Golf mental tips: 10 Actionable tips to improve your mental game


Playing your best golf and then realizing that and messing up the last holes?

I’ve been there. I think we have all been there. 

Jack Nicklaus famously said that golf is 90% mental. But yeah, you still need to know how to hit the ball.

But how to get over it? What are the top golf mental tips? Here are 10 actionable tips to improve your mental game:

  1. Practice mindfulness and stay present in the moment. This can help you stay focused and avoid getting caught up in distractions or negative thoughts.
  2. Set achievable goals and focus on the process, rather than the outcome. This can help you stay motivated and avoid getting frustrated by setbacks.
  3. Use positive self-talk to stay confident and boost your morale. This can help you stay positive and believe in yourself, even when things aren’t going your way.
  4. Visualize success and imagine yourself executing your shots perfectly. This can help you prepare mentally and build your confidence.
  5. Stay calm and composed under pressure. Take deep breaths and use relaxation techniques to help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed.
  6. Be flexible and adaptable. Don’t get too attached to a specific game plan or strategy. Be willing to adjust and adapt as needed to overcome obstacles and challenges.
  7. Take care of your physical health. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly to keep your body and mind in top shape.
  8. Stay focused and avoid getting distracted by external factors. This can help you stay focused and avoid getting thrown off your game by things like weather, noise, or other distractions.
  9. Keep things in perspective. Remember that golf is just a game and that it’s supposed to be fun. Don’t take things too seriously and try to enjoy the experience.
  10. Seek feedback and support. Talk to your coach, a mentor, or a friend who can help you identify areas for improvement and offer support and encouragement.




Mika has been playing golf for nearly three decades but is still in the search of a scratch handicap.