Lately, I have taken to talking to my golf ball! It seems when the ball is not doing what it suppose to do….or I should say what I intended, I start yelling instructions to my golf ball. As my ball flight unfolds, it becomes very apparent that something is awry and I think that talking to my ball will help!
My sudden change of conversing with my ball stems from the lack to practice and intermittent play. I fully expected my game to decline over the past month due to my retirement and move, but for some reason this unusual trait has crept into my game. And honestly, I do not like it!
When playing I will say things like:
- “Where is the fade” – This is a crazy statement because I rarely fade or draw the ball!
- “Bounce right” – after pulling the ball left (which is my usual miss of late) I am hoping for a ground slice to bring the ball back on-line!
- “Be there” – when I know I hit the ball fat and it has no chance!
- “Break, come on, break” – This happens on the green when I have misread the putt or pulled it left!
- “Get past the hole” or “100% of short putts don’t go in” – I have a touch of the shorts lately. I am leaving most putts I miss short. The do not have a chance to go in anyway, but I think that talking to my ball with help!
- “Be the ball” – this usually happens when I am on-line and the ball looks like it has the distance. It happens periodically lately, but I think that talking to the ball helps, but it does not!
I do not like talking to my ball. I believe it demonstrates a lack of confidence in my game. I can see how this temporary trait has worked its way into my game, but it is time to remove it. I have to be mentally stronger so that I am confident in every shot.
It is important for my game to move back towards how I was playing earlier in the season. It is time to regain my positive attitude and play some golf!
Do you talk to your ball? If you do, is there a specific reason? Am I off base with my thinking? Drop me a note and let me know what you are thinking!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!