We often hear about golfers struggling with their mental games when things go wrong. But that's not the only time we can struggle.
It’s also when things are going well or shall we say, a little too well.
We all like to play well and want to improve our golf. In order for us to improve our golf, we need to change. Therein lies the real problem, as the mind doesn’t always like change.
It’s quite happy for everything to stay the same and keep us plodding along doing what we do and what we’ve always done. It likes familiarity, our own little comfort zone, unless you're prepared for it.
A while back, a friend who plays to an 8 or 9 handicap, was playing in his club’s monthly medal. By the 12th hole he noticed he had a good score going as he had only dropped 1 shot by the time he walked onto the 13th tee.
He started thinking about his score, which meant his mind started to wander instead of focusing on his game.
Within short it got away from him, because he was so excited about the possibility of shooting his best score ever. Monkey mind set in and his thoughts were going at 100 miles per hour.
That’s when the problems started and he started dropping shots.
One. Then two, then three.
With each dropped shot, his anxiety and stress levels increased.
Finally, he walked off the 18th a nervous wreck with a huge sigh of relief that it was over. He needed a well-earned beer I remember him saying (or two).
However, as he sat down for his cold beer, the reality kicked in that he had only played to his handicap after dropping a bunch of shots when he got ahead of himself. He couldn't quite work out where it all went wrong as he reviewed the score card in dismay.
He struggled because he’s not used to shooting that type of score and his mind simply worked on ways to prevent it happening. It became a mental battle, which he obviously lost, because he hadn't worked on that area of his game.
Developing a strategy of staying focused on the present rather than what may happen, or what has already happened will help prevent the mind getting carried away and cause unforced errors.
Work on that part of your game to help you maintain a good score next time you have one going.
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Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds