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Get all the bad swings out of your system before you step up to the tee. Try spending some time at the range to loosen your back and shoulders and get your head and body in the game.
Then, give the range a break and practice your putting on the green. Sinking a few 5-foot putts will give you confidence that will carry over to the holes to come.
It's a cliche, but it's true: focusing on the positive will help you feel and play better. Think about your last great game or take a moment to envision the stellar shot you're about to make.
Mistakes happen. Freak accidents happen. Sand traps happen. And after they happen they are over. Don't think about them, don't dwell on them. You should only be thinking about two things: Your best swing, and how your next swing is going to be even better.
Stress isn't just mental, it's physical too. So take control of the physical symptoms with breathing exercises: slowly inhale, hold the breath for several seconds, then slowly exhale. Repeat several times and your heart rate should begin to slow, putting you in better condition to focus and succeed.
A golf course isn't just a place to play, it's a community. Whether you win or lose, getting involved in the social scene will make the entire experience more pleasant. If you choke on 18 holes but end up making some new friends or catching a laugh with some old ones at the 19th hole, you can still count the day as a victory.