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Breaking 70: How to raise your concentration level
Created on 1/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

Let's face it, if you're shooting in the low 70s, you probably have a well-grooved swing and a reliable short game. But getting down into the 60s requires mental fortitude that few golfers possess. How do you get it? You have to exercise your brain, just as you do your body. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions, and work to gain control of them.

Get the mental edge

Developing your mind is much like honing your swing. It takes patience and practice. Try this drill: Pick a shot in your pre-shot routine, hit it, and then assess your concentration level during the shot. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most focused. On 10 shots, try to get your cumulative score in the 80-plus range. The good news is, you only have to focus for about 20 minutes in a five-hour round, but it still requires practice.

Golf Digest January 2006


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