Is your golf addiction getting better than you and really taking over your mind? Is golf still fun for you or is it just frustrating?
Do you like checking the weather every day, trying to find out if you will ever get out on the golf course or not? I managed to play four times last week which was fantastic, after almost two weeks of heavy rain. I just checked the forecast for this week and it looks like it’s raining again. An explosion!
Although I am a self-proclaimed golf addict, these days I draw the line of the game in heavy rain, sleet, extreme winds or at serious muddy fairs. I played in all conditions, during open courses, but I realized that this kind of discomfort, in my opinion, does not exceed enjoyment.
Many people have lost sight of this ultimate goal but are in their one-minded quest to master this game. Golf is an undeniably complex game and often your mental focus is deceived into an inappropriate state of view of the tunnel.
For example, how many times have you played with someone muttering about every frame they played, giving you a running comment about what happened (or not) by rocking your back, head, the way the ball bounced, whether they hit it squarely , spilled it on him, hit him thick, or what?
Now, I firmly believe that you need to understand what is going on in your club application for the ball and to be able to interpret the flight of the ball; Without this insight, you will not be able to improve. But there’s really no need to give these press comments to your game partners, especially while they’re trying to play their shot! In this case, the silence is really golden.
things like this happen to some golf addicts.
You put in the effort and focus so much that you think only of your result, which involves a constant analysis of each attempt. However, this may not work in your favor. Instead, it works to tie your mental focus into a knot. The image becomes blurry. If you think about your last attempt, and count your score at the same time, you can’t fully focus on the shot you’re going to play. Your thinking energy is broken and therefore wasted on unnecessary details.
In golf, you have to train your mind to focus in a very specific way that saves your mental and emotional energy. Right before each shot, think carefully about the task at hand, choose your shot and club, visualize the shot, and follow, following your own pre-shot routine used consistently. As soon as the ball lands and stops, it is important to follow a consistent post-shot routine; If it’s a good hit, enjoy it – give yourself a mental pat on the back. If it’s an imperfect shot, rub the image out of your mind and imagine a great shot instead.
This way you have a clear mental focus before you shoot, and your post-shot routine is designed to train your golf mind to create great shots for the future, instead of building expectations of a bad shot. Your emotional energy is not wasted in beating yourself up or breaking your ear drums to your play partner or sabotaging their focus and concentration. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy a day on the golf course, walking between shots in a relaxed state of emotional balance and calm.