It is undeniable that to get better at golf you do need to play a fair bit. Not everyone has the luxury of the key element of time to play as much as they might wish to do. Climate also provides an element that can make golf impossible or distinctly non-enjoyable. Work and family are further obvious elements that you have to work your golf around.
I have never actually kept track of how many rounds of golf I play each year. I simply play whenever it is possible to do so. When I lived full time in the Isle of Man the number of rounds was directly related to the weather conditions.
If it wasn’t raining hard or blowing a gale I’d be out on the course. Despite the frequently inclement weather, I managed to play a fair bit even though it did entail wearing so many layers of clothing that I looked like a Michelin man, or it was so cold your hands began to turn blue!
Now that I spend much of my time in California I basically play four or five times a week when here. Someone happened to point out to me the other day that when you key in your handicap you will see the number of rounds you have played displayed on the computer screen. So I noticed that I played 112 rounds in 2011 during the six months that I spent here.
That said, I know I hardly played at all during the time I spent back in the UK. Hands up, I admit it! I have become thoroughly spoiled with the weather here and the golf courses and facilities, and also with the great number of equally addicted golf friends. It’s just not as much fun as it used to be when I go back to the UK. I don’t want to play in gale force winds or cold weather. I don’t want to wear all of those layers any more. It’s more fun to meet friends for a coffee these days!
I did it when I didn’t have as much choice. Im sufficiently addicted to this game that I enjoyed playing golf in poor weather conditions for quite a number of years. But now I’m so very lucky to be able to play in California.
So my questions to you are “How addicted to golf are you?” and “How many rounds did you manage to play last year?” If you don’t benefit from conditions that are conducive to playing much golf, what do you do to keep your game going and your golf mind focused?
I have noticed something in my own game that is unsurprising to me, but may surprise you. When I haven’t played golf for a while I tend to come back and play a whole lot better for the first few weeks.
Actually, that’s not quite true. It usually takes four or five rounds to get my swing going and my feel around the greens. After that I play really well and as I said, better than before the break away from golf.
Why is this? One reason is that I’m not thinking at all about mechanics and I’m not trying too hard either. The other reason is that when I don’t get out on the course I play mental rounds of golf every day.
I play at least 18 holes of golf as I drift off to sleep. In this between wake and sleep hypnotic state your mind is perfectly poised to visualize clearly and easily and play perfect golf! Thus when I come back from a break away the ONLY golf in my mind is PERFECT. Can you imagine the confidence that gives you? And can you contemplate the clarity of focus this creates?
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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