3 Tips For Avoiding Golf Rage | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

3 Tips for Avoiding Golf Rage

November 20, 2012 | Dr. Ari Novick

Must See Golf Videos

A few years ago the New York Times ran a story about a man who hit another golfer in the head with a 6-iron. As an athlete, you're trained to take your game seriously, so when you miss a key shot, it's easy to get annoyed, irritable and frustrated. Although you may never resort to physical violence, losing your cool and mental edge can dramatically impair your performance—especially when you start making bad shots or fall behind players who are not as skilled as you are.

The psychology of golf is tricky, almost to the point where anger management should be a prerequisite to play. Golf lessons won't help when the game is underway. So, what can a golfer do to make sure he or she doesn't go completely off the rails when the game goes bad?

Here are three tips for managing stress to avoid losing your cool on the golf course.

Manage expectations

Know that not every shot, every hole or every game is going to go well. We all have good days and bad days. Don't let a bad day give you license to behave badly.

Put things in perspective

Remember, one or two bad shots do not define a game. Refocus on making the next shot better.

Abandon useless beliefs

We all tell ourselves how much of a loser we are or how stupid we are when we make mistakes. But this kind of self-talk can damage our self-esteem and lead us on a path of negative thinking. Instead, remind yourself that you can make good shots and that you are a good player. Negative thoughts lead to negative behavior, but the opposite is also true.

Learn more about controlling your emotions during a round of golf through STACK's Sport Psych Guide.

Photo: http://thellabb.com/

Topics: GOLF
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

We Found the Internet

STACK Challenge: Towel Row

5 Times the NFL Pro Bowl Was Actually Awesome

This 5-foot-11 Kid Can Dunk Over Everything

SNEAKER ALERT: Air Jordan "Shine" Debuts

Notre Dame and Under Armour Officially Announce Partnership

Athletic Benefits of Hot Yoga

Locker Room Quotes: Week of Feb. 17

Top 5 Tips for Building Unstoppable Teams in 'Madden Mobile'

7 Exercises to Build Complete Hip Strength

Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: Who Works Out Harder?

Preparing for the U.S. Military Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Fruit That Cools You Down During the Summer

Best of STACK: Top 10 Articles of 2014

Do You Need Protein Immediately After Your Workout?

adidas Offers $100,000 to Fastest Runner at NFL Combine

The Exercise Behind Brandin Cooks' Amazing Performance

The 14 Best Exercises From 2014

Fantasy Football 2014: Sleepers and Busts

5 Training Secrets From an NFL Combine Coach

Brain Training Drills to Advance Your Game

Interactive Jordan Flight Lab Takes Over New Orleans

Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Finding Ways to Win

STACK Challenge: How Fast Can You Jump Rope?

STUDY: Smaller Cereal Makes You Take In More Calories

Improve Your Curveball With These Tips and Drills

7 of the Shadiest Firings in Sports History