Over the years I have matured and accepted that I can only control certain things on the golf course. It is very challenging for my ego to realize that at any given time, my plan for a great game can come of the rails. Conversely, my game can quickly turn around and exceed all my expectations, but I never seem to know when.
I sometimes wonder what is the key factor to feeling my ZEN throughout my entire round. Keeping my cool and remaining calm is extremely important to low scores. Yet as I think about the positive aspects of my ZEN, I cannot help but wonder if there is more to the “Jason Dufner” calm on the golf course?
Zen in golf is more that just repeating a mantra or willing myself to ignore a bad shot. It starts earlier than when I step up on to the first tee. It should start hours before, although life gets in the way sometimes, mentally preparing myself for an awesome round on the links.
I try to visualize my round. Think of the great shots I am going to make and the low scores I anticipate writing on the scorecard. I start to hydrate to make sure I have enough energy down the home stretch of my round. I try to quietly stretch and limber up before I hit the range to practice. I should take the time to breath and enjoy my surroundings as I prepare for my round. All these, and a few others, help create my ZEN before I hit the links!
My ZEN on the course is rooted in routine, confidence, and enjoying my time on the links. I take tiny pleasures in seeing a beautiful flower, a sunrise, or how the grass was recently cut. I focus on my good shots, and try to accept the not so good shots. My ZEN is a constant effort of just being.
I find that when my ZEN is high, I play very well. I am focused on the shots at hand and innately incorporate the conditions of the course into my decision-making. I just enjoy all aspects of playing golf. Zen is important to my game!
What do you think? Does ZEN play any part of your game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links….very soon!