Golf Psychology Tips: How the Little Things Help Achieve Your Goals on the Golf Course

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Dr. Sarah Castillo, the Director of the Sports Psychology Program at National University, explains how sometimes it’s the little things that help you achieve your goals in golf. To discuss this golf tip with other golfers and share your own leave a comment below. We look forward to your feedback.


Hi I’m Dr. Sarah Castillo and I’m the Director of the Sports Psychology Program at National University. I get a lot of questions about goal setting. Most of the time when people set goals though, they’re talking about outcome goals. So you might go out to the course and say, I want to shoot a 75 today, I want to shoot a 68. It’s a great goal and outcome goals are really useful for us but they’re not the whole story. If outcome goals are the only goals you’re setting, chances are you’re not going to achieve them every time.

Think of it this way, if you decide one day to climb Mt. Everest, you wouldn’t just show up one day and start climbing. You’d have to do a lot of research, improve your physical fitness ability, find a good guide, make sure that you’re going during the right time of the year. There’s all sorts of factors that go into becoming successful at that particular climb.

Back to golf, wanting to shoot that 75 is a great idea but there are little factors that go into that too. What things are you going to have to accomplish during each hole, for each shot in order to get to that outcome that you want at the end of 18. You might want to think about your nutrition that day. Did you get enough sleep? Are you well hydrated? Do you have a full belly? It might be things like making sure you go through your routine before every single shot. It’s the little things that add up to that score that you want at the end of the day.


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