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I've often fallen victim to shocking lapses in form and judgement for a few consecutive strokes. These seem to compound, and as the frustration builds, the nice scorecard I was looking at only 3 holes ago is in tatters. How can I improve my golf mentally?

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After first playing with hickory clubs about a year ago, Andrew Thomson explained that his regular golf handicap has dropped by four strokes. “That’s never happened to me before,” he said. "You have to hit a hickory club a lot more carefully than a modern club. You've got a smaller sweet spot, and the shafts - while they perform very well - aren't as efficient as a modern shaft." 

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It was part of his attitude to golf - the simpler the better. Excessive practice could, he thought, complicate things. If he developed a fault in his shot-making he would never rush out and try to exorcise the problem by hitting a thousand balls. Far from it. Instead he’d sit back and figure out why it was happening.

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There's always plenty of talk around the cricketing world of batters spending their extra time hitting a few golf balls. Former Test captain Ricky Ponting is well known for his golfing ability. How about Olympic swimmers?

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We all know a golfer who absolutely loves the aggressive chip shot, Phil Mickelson style. Alternatively, there's that person in your group who you don't know too well and seems to nail their shorter shots onto the green. Out of the bunker? No worries. 10 feet off the green? Easy. How do they...

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