Like many golfers, I imagine you can’t wait for Saturday to Arrive.
Especially if you’ve been cooped up in an office all week. The lure of the fairways is so tempting after a long winter if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere.
But with all the excitement, expectations and eagerness to get out and play, do you know who will turn actually up on the day?
This is a big problem for many golfers. They’re never quite sure if it’s going to be Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde.
“Where did that come from?” I remember a friend saying several times when we were was sat in the 19th after after a particularly good round.
The truth was he wasn’t ever sure who would actually turn up. He didn’t know his own game or the likely cause of his performance.
Once he discovered it wasn’t simply one thing, but a combination of things that made a real difference, things started to click.
Here’s a few things that helped transform his game:
Preparation is key for anyone who wants to improve or perform at a high level. He was used to turning up 15-20 minutes before a tee time, after rushing around all morning, grab his things and head off to the first tee expecting to be on top form.
This includes preparing the mind for the game, focusing on what you want to achieve and getting yourself into the right mindset. Feel good about yourself and your game before you even get to the course. If you don’t, you’re only setting yourself up for tough time.
Quality thinking is vitally important. Most people call it positive thinking, but It’s not all hot air. If you don’t believe me, try playing a round focusing on all the negatives: missed putts, three or four putts you’ve had, bunkers and mishits and see how well you play.
I’m sure it won’t give you the results you desire.
Play within yourself. We often get carried away with the occasion and our emotions can affect us both negatively and positively if we aren’t careful. Don’t be suckered into chasing score and going for shots that are really out of your reach or playing level.
Unless you are Rory McIlroy, you aren’t going to hit a drive like Rory McIlroy.
Have a process and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to start chasing scores and focusing on getting shots back. Develop processes for each part of your game and scores will follow.
Start using these as part of your game and in your preparations and see if you know who will turn actually up each week. I’m sure you’ll start to feel more confident and improve your scores.
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Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds