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Concentration, or the ability to focus on the task at hand while ignoring distractions, is crucial for success in golf. This is true because golf is a “stop-start” game in which at least 90% of your time on the course is spent doing something other than hitting the ball. And because there is a lot of walking and mental “down time” between your shots, a multitude of distractions can arise and divert your focus from the present moment. For example, a sudden noise or movement from a playing partner could upset your swing or you may find yourself thinking too far ahead as you face a putt. And like most players, you probably find it difficult to forget about a missed opportunity that occurred several holes back. Unfortunately, each of these distractions could prove costly to your score. That’s why Paul Azinger, a 12-time winner on the PGA tour, revealed that “staying in the present is the key to the golfer’s game: Once you start thinking about a shot you just messed up or what you have to do on the next nine to catch somebody, you’re lost”. This point was echoed by Trevor Immelman who, after his victory at the US Masters tournament, said that he’d been “totally in the present” during the final round.

Given the importance of concentration in golf, it is no wonder that coaches and psychologists have developed a variety of techniques to improve it.

There are 10 audio recordings in this series including: Concentration, course management, developing mental toughness, enjoying your golf, first tee nerves, handling mistakes and setbacks, increasing your confidence, performing under pressure, pre-shot routines, and putting well.