Match Play Mindset
Good consistent golfers have the advantage over sporadic golfers during stroke play. However, they can have their hands full when playing a sporadic golfer during match play unless they have the right mindset.
If you are a golfer who loses in match play to players that you beat during stroke play, develop a match play mindset by understanding the nature of the beast. Stroke play is conservative and rewards low scores by minimizing taking high-risk shots because every shot counts. Match play rewards the gambler who has little to lose from taking high risk shots because only one point is at stake per hole.
It is very important to realize that when you have very little to lose and everything to gain, you have no fear to hold you back while going for it. This frees up your brain chemistry and allows you to pull off those miracle shots. This fact has caused many good tournament players to get down on themselves because it seems that their opponents always have career days against them during match play.
So you have to start having fun and reverse the situation. Always play expecting that your opponent will make the shot. With that attitude you will have nothing to lose by going for it. What will happen is that you will free up your chemistry allowing you to make some miracle shots. Since you are the better golfer, the odds will be in your favor that you will end up making more miracle shots than your opponent does and win the match.
The only thing you have to fear is fear itself. So put on your match play mindset, have fun and go for it!
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