Golf can take some time to play, especially if you’re on the PGA Tour these days!
But seriously, being out on the course expecting to concentrate intensely for four plus hours is no mean feat, especially when you’re expected or expecting yourself to play at your best with a myriad of things going on around you and inside your own mind.
Like multi-tasking, which is never a good idea really, you end up doing five things averagely instead of one thing at a time really well.
Having large amounts of down time between shots is one of the game’s big challenges. It allows golfers plenty of time to focus on all the negatives in their game, which can lead to them looking for the slightest excuse to blame their mishit or missed putt on something other than the real problem.
It could be the drone of the green-keeper’s mower 300 yards away, a loose coin in someone’s pocket or a butterfly sneezing on the next fairway. Whatever it is, it can and does get to some golfers and has been known to send some into a complete frenzy.
Years ago I recall seeing Colin Montgomery chastising a cameraman for being too close to him when he was about to take a shot, even though the guy had been shadowing him most of the afternoon, it just so happened it was when his game was starting to feel the pinch.
He allowed his mind to wander.
The pressure gets to us all if we let it. And then the yoghurt really can hit the fan.
So what’s the answer?
To let “shift happen”.
By that I mean shift your focus of blaming everything that is going wrong onto everything else, such as the mower, the loose coin or the butterfly sneezing and take responsibility for your focus, your actions and the results.
Shift your focus to responsibility is incredibly empowering, knowing that you have the power to make things happen or simply allow them to happen.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could shift from looking for what’s going wrong to what’s going right and what can go right?
When you do that you’ll be amazed at how your game can change.
Too often we don’t always realise it’s happening and we need another set of ears and eyes to notice these things.
If you feel your game isn’t where you want it to be and want to get that other set of ears and eyes, contact us to discuss how we may be able to help.
Performance Coach & Trainer at Golfing minds