Even with years of practice, golfers still hit bad shots and have bad rounds. People who are paid to hit the ball perfectly still make errors. The key is overcoming the bad shots and recovering with good shots to save your score. Thinking positively can go a long way toward helping your score and improving your shot. Think one shot at a time and do not let a few bad shots reduce your confidence.
Approach the round with a positive attitude. Clear your head of any poor golf rounds in the past. You are going to have fun playing a game outdoors where you will spend time with friends, meet new people or get an opportunity to think by yourself. This round of golf will be practice to help you improve your game. Instead of focusing on negatives or how difficult golf has been in the past, think about how much fun you will have and how much you like the game.
Envision the shot you want to hit before you swing. Don't pay attention to the narrow fairway, the water hazard of the sand trap. Instead think about swinging the perfect swing and imagine watching the ball loft into the air and then fall perfectly in the center of the fairway or on the green. Thinking about where you want to hit the ball, not where you don't want to hit it.
Refrain from being overaggressive on your shots. Take each shot slowly and reduce the amount of power you swing with. This may cause your shot to go a little bit shorter, but it will be more accurate, setting you up for an easier second shot.
Avoid discouragement. Everyone, even the top-ranked players in the world, hit horrible shots. Golf is a difficult game that challenges anyone who plays. Do not be surprised if a few of your shots end up in the rough or in a hazard. Do not get discouraged, instead look at your next shot as a chance to redeem yourself. Adding pressure and disappointment while playing will result in more bad shots. The next great shot will more than make up for any bad shot.