On the golf course, there is an excellent line between playing well and playing uncontrolled. It all depends on where you focus your attention.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you have to go out on the field with the attitude of playing well, and not that of avoiding playing poorly, as this can tighten You and remove naturalness to your game. If there is one thing I have learned working with great golfers, unlike amateurs, is that they never play avoiding the mistake. They seek to give a good drive, not to avoid getting into rough, or smashing the chip and not doing approach and putt. They try to smear the ball when kicking and not preventing a trip, always with a clear strategy, most often conservative, combining skill and confidence. They know that if they care too much about not doing it wrong, they will play less loose, and that will influence their swing.
They are also very clear that they are not the result that appears at the end of your card, as it does not depend on them. When the game gets out of control many times, it happens precisely because we focus on things that we cannot control, such as a result. I always tell my players that winning a tournament or making a sound card is not going to make them better players than the previous day, what you really are going to do to be a good golfer is the fact of improving that which has failed on previous occasions, to do something different to get different results, the focus on everything that is under your control, such as finding positive thoughts that help you to be your best friend in the field, to create good feelings and to establish a habit of the game centered on useful actions, to develop your confidence and skills.
Focusing on something that does not depend on 100% of the player as it is the result, can be very frustrating and seriously damage the self-esteem of the player, so it is important to work a good routine after a bad hit, where 5 basic points should not miss:
- Forgive yourself:
It is not proven that getting angry will do anything, but to increase the chance of failure, so have some compassion with yourself, ask yourself if you did everything in your power to give a good blow, and if so, forgive yourself, otherwise, analyze that you could have controlled and make sure to do it in the next blow.
If there is something you can learn from your bad blows, use it for the next one, after this, forget it!
- Keep a good attitude:
You will never completely control the golf ball, but if you can control your attitude, therefore it is essential to strive to improve and react well before mistakes
- Focus on what you can control:
It is essential to accept that golf is a game of mistakes; in fact, it is measured by “Handicap,” where the best is the one who makes the least mistakes. That is why we have to accept it as a natural thing. We can’t go looking for perfection because then when we hit a good shot, we’ll consider it normal, and only bad shots will affect us. You have to turn around, rejoice at the good blows, and know that the mistake is something that is within this sport.
- Enjoy: We can never forget that Golf is a game, and you should have fun while playing