Whilst playing golf yesterday my friends and I were discussing this point of view. Some amateur golfers get very tied up in the process of trying to create perfect looking shots, whilst others are satisfied with less “pretty” looking shots so long as the ball gets where they want it to be.
Ultimately the aim of the game of golf is to get the ball into the hole in as few shots as possible. Whilst this is the ultimate aim we as golfers are also (hopefully) aware of the fact that the best way in which to play is to focus upon one shot at a time and just allow the score to look after itself. You have to focus in the moment so as to be able to hit a good shot.
If a player gets too tied up in their desire to hit perfect shots they will probably not score as well as they could. This may seem a little counter intuitive, as one might think that the greater the number of perfect shots that a golfer is able to hit would get them to the hole more efficiently.
This however is not usually the case. Golf is a game of imperfections. Even the best professional golfers know that you are simply not going to hit perfect shots one after another for the entire round.
You have to approach the golf course with the mental attitude that you will play with whatever pops out on the day and simply make the most of it. You can go to the range later or get a lesson later to work out how to correct any pesky things that have insinuated their way into some of your swings!
If you start to focus upon the mechanics of your swing whilst on the course you will get in your own way and be unable to score well. You will start to feel puzzled, uncomfortable, unsure, anxious, tense…etc., etc.
It is quite simply impossible to make a good shot once you allow your emotional balance to change into this state. Your game will go from bad to worse. This is a very slippery slope and every golfer has to find his or her way to avoid it.
A golfer has to learn to accept an imperfect shot and move on to their next shot. This is why a solid post shot routine is just as vitally important as an equally firm pre-shot routine.
Both of these routines should be automated and instinctive to the golfer. A “routine” is something that is automatic. It is not something that you have to think about. It is a procedure that you just do. It just happens without you having to think to do it.
Roseanna Leaton, golf addict and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s and author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system.
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