In my opinion, the most under appreciated aspect of golf is the mental game. The average player, and even a lot of good players, don’t adequately appreciate how much their mindset dictates how they will play. With that in mind, I offer this quick thought:
It is easier to BE a good player if you BELIEVE you are a good player.
It is easier to BELIEVE you are a good player if you ACT LIKE a good player.
Acting like a good player doesn’t mean being cocky and it doesn’t mean playing slowly; it simply means you should act, and treat yourself, like a good player would. Force yourself to smile on the course and walk with your head up; it will make you feel better. Don’t berate yourself for bad shots and don’t sulk.
The next time you’re headed out to play golf, wear your best golf clothes. Iron them the night before and polish your shoes so you look your best. Get to the course early and warm up like a tour player would. Walk to the first tee confidently, head up, shoulders back, and blast that first shot down the middle of the fairway.
I won’t guarantee that acting like a good player will make you a scratch golfer, but it will give you the best chance to play your best golf.