7 Habits of Highly Effective Golfers

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The potential of a golfer can vary based on many factors, however, the difference between the golfers who reach their potential and the ones who do not is no coincidence.

There is no one-size-fits-all secret to get the most out of your game, but most golfers who do usually have several things in common. Here are 7 habits of highly effective golfers.

Short game

Very simply, they work on their short game. They spend as much or more time on their short game than on their long game. They realize that more shots are hit within 100 yards of the green than from anywhere else on the golf course, so it only makes sense to spend more time practicing that part of their game.

Practice with a purpose

Highly effective golfers practice with a purpose in mind. Quite often it is very simple. Maybe they work on their tempo, or their alignment, or picking a target and committing to it. Whatever it may be, they never aimlessly hit balls in a rapid fire fashion.

Practice with pressure

They try to incorporate pressure into their practice to simulate the feeling of being on the golf course. Here are a couple of ways to do that:

  • If you’re practicing with a friend, pick targets and have a competition of who can hit it closer to that target. Set limits such as not being allowed to go long, or to the right of the target, for example.
  • When you’re practicing your short game, try challenging yourself to make ten 3-footers in a row (or a number that is challenging for your skill level), and if you miss one you have to start over. To work on chipping under pressure, use one ball and try to get it up-and-down as if you were on the course. Set a realistic but challenging number of up-and-downs you need to complete in a row, similar to the putting drill.

Mental game

Having a strong mental game is a very effective way to fulfill your potential. Golfers who are mentally tough on the golf course aren’t always that way naturally. Many of them work very hard to be that way. They read books on the mental side of golf, they spend time visualizing good things happening on the golf course, or they may even read affirmations or positive sayings to keep them in a good frame of mind.


Most highly effective golfers have a positive attitude. They don’t get too down on themselves, or when they do, it’s to briefly blow off steam, and they are refocused by the time they are over their next shot.

They understand their game

Highly effective golfers are realistic about what they can and cannot do on the golf course. They play to their strengths on the course, and work to improve their weaknesses off the course. Many track their statistics in order to discover and improve their weaknesses. If you aren’t already doing this, you can get started by downloading the Offcourse App.

Have fun

Golf is fun, and highly effective golfers don’t let a few bad holes get in the way of having fun. When you keep your chin up and have fun with the challenge, it is much easier to get the most out of your game.

by Josh StrukoffOffcourse contributor and owner of http://golfismentalblog.com/