Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Staying in the Present

All the golfing psychology books in the world will tell you to play one shot at a time and to forget about the future of the past.

Trust me this is easier said than done and staying in the present is one of the hardest things to do in golf BUT it is something that all golfers must attempt to master.

Just why is it so difficult?

The answer is that during a long game of golf you have a lot of time on your hands to think and if you consider that your mind can change and switch from present to past and then future in an instant then what is it going to do in 5 hours?

I bet you that you have regular playing partners who claim to be able to stay in the present at all times and then they say something like “ As I stood on the 5th tee was thinking that this is a birdie hole”.

You can see from this statement that the player is already thinking 3 or 4 shots in front and is therefore already in the future.

I remind you again that to remain truly in the present a golfer should only be thinking about the next shot to be faced and where and how they are going to hit the ball to the target selected.

The player should then hit the shot, find it, ACCEPT the result and then start thinking only about the next shot and then repeat this process of thinking until the ball is in the hole or until he runs out of holes.

When you are on the golf course you should never evaluate how you are playing because this automatically means that you are thinking about the past and you must not judge or critique for the same reason.

You must at no time keep a mental running score and start thinking about breaking 70,80,90 etc because this means that you are thinking about both the past and future in an instant.

If you start to think about the past and the future there is a danger that you become protective, negative and tight with resulting bad golf.

Avoid at all costs getting over excited or disappointed at your golf as a result of the these past or future thoughts and concentrate on your pre-shot routine and playing each shot to the best of your ability.

Just why is it so important to stay in the present?

The answer is that golf requires a narrow focus on where you want the ball to go and ANYTHING that detracts from this focus damages your ability to perform.

As an example in the 1961 US Masters Arnold Palmer walked up the 18th fairway leading the event and a close friend prematurely congratulated him on his win but he hit the ball into a greenside bunker, ultimately took a 6 and lost to Gary Player.

The moment his friend congratulated him on his ‘win’ he lost focus on the task at hand and looked forward to the result with disastrous results.

The best way to get around the golf course successfully is to simply play each shot at hand until you run out of holes and then add it up.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us.

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you from 01/06/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €142 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €114 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €100 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €88 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €86 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €72 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €128 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee (after 1pm)
La Serena €36 Single Green Fee (after 2pm)
Las Colinas €144 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Las Ramblas €104 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €96 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €80 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €98 Two Players and Buggy  (from 2pm)
Villamartin €110 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €35 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €86 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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