Just off the top of my head
Good mental game
- Enjoy the pressure
- Not getting down on yourself, looking at recovery shots/missed greens as opportunities (Mickelson)
- Being realistic. Nicklaus would "allow" himself so many bad shots/bogeys a round. If he bogeyed the first hole, or even made double, his thought was "Eh, got my bad hole out of the way early". Hogan called golf a "game of misses". These guys understood that they were going to hit bad shots, so when it did happen they dealt with it, it didn't shock their system.
- Basically what every sports psychologist has said, summed up in one sentence: Be process oriented and not results oriented.
Bad mental game
- Bi-polar golfing- super happy one shot, next shot wants to quit golf
- "Giving up" after bad shots
- Letting fear of a certain result "control" you. We've all done it, water or OB left and we block it way right. This is more specific to a few shots during the round, not the entire round (guy Erik played with can't use this as an excuse).
Originally Posted by Golfingdad
B) The "opposite" of "mental game" is "physical game," and decision making certainly doesn't fall in that category.
Perhaps a lot of people just consider "decision making" to be its own third category?
I would say it's in the Strategy or Game Planning category.
Would not say club selection is in the mental game category.