There are a lot of different skills needed to be successful at golf, but one of the most important things to remember is that golf is all about consistency. The more you are consistent and repetitive in your actions in practice, the better you will become at golf over time. They say that it can take a few months to fully develop a habit, so the key is to stay focused, which will help lead you to a better and more enjoyable game! We have pulled together some of the most important habits that you should focus on developing (and keeping up with!) so that you can be the best golf player possible.

Check out these habits you need to developPractice golf swingHave a consistent practice-shot routine. 

Every athlete has a routine when it comes to how they prepare to play. This pre-shot routine could include anything from centering and relaxing yourself, aligning your posture, calculating your distance, or doing some practice swings. Everyone’s pre-shot routine is totally different but important to ensure that you are truly getting in the zone. Make sure that you keep this pre-shot routine in mind before each and every shot, regardless of how well the shot went or if you are trying to recover from a bad one. Consistency is key! 

Practice, practice, practice. 

No matter how great you are at golfing, practicing is always important. While practicing may feel like it is becoming tedious and something you are not looking forward to, it is truly the only way to improve. When you go out to practice, make sure that you are clear on exactly what your intentions are as to what you are looking to improve. What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths? What have you noticed that you have improved on in the past few months? These are all great questions to continuously ask yourself, so you are staying on top of your game. 

Set goals for yourself. 

What is the best way to stay motivated? Setting goals! By setting goals for yourself, you will feel like you are working towards something that is attainable, and it will feel so great once you are able to finally meet that goal. When it comes to goals, make sure that you are setting both short and long-term goals for yourself. For example, a goal could be something as small as keeping up good posture throughout the game. No matter the type of goal that you are setting for yourself, it will help to keep you focused on improvements and will allow for you to feel accomplished. Remember to celebrate all wins – big and small! 

Remember golf etiquette. 

Over time, golf etiquette will be something that will come naturally to you. However, if you are just starting out in the game of golf, it is vital that you stay extremely alert when it come to your etiquette on the course. Golf is all about respect, and etiquette goes hand-in-hand with that! Some examples of golf etiquette that you should keep in mind include giving other players space to hit their shot, staying quiet and not distracting players, keeping up with the general pace of play, or marking your ball when on the green while others around you are putting. 

Have a clear mindset.

Before getting onto the golf course, do your best to totally clear your mind of any stress that you have in your life that could distract you and cause you to lose focus. If you are intentionally creating this habit of clearing your mind, you will find that your game will go a lot smoother. Leave all your stress off the course, and when you come to play, focus on being as slow and smooth as possible!