Many discussions about the importance of focus while playing golf percolate every day on the internet. They outline how to mentally prepare or execute your game to always have a chance to shot your lowest score? But, I am not so confident that this unsolicited advice is really helping my game.
I try to play approximately 80 rounds of golf each season and focus is definitely a challenge during some of the rounds. There are various reasons for my focus challenges, yet it the grand scheme my lapses are minor. Sometimes, it is okay to change your focus during your round; it is a matter of choice.
Have you ever started your round with great hopes only to realize that your game is just not there? The time when you shift from competitive to casual happens in a moments notice. We all know that time and we have changed focus.
I believe that the shift in focus is influenced on many factors. It is never just one thing, but a crazy kaleidoscope of influences that lurk in the shadows waiting to pounce. Every player has different reasons for giving up on their competitive round and it would be crazy for me to outline the multitude of reasons; I only know when it happens to me.
When I change from a focused round to a leisurely one it usually happens very quickly. Normally, I am 4 over after 3 holes. I have no feel for my swing and I mentally feel tired for some reason. These are my main factors for ‘giving up’.
Now, when these conditions are in place, I do not always change my focus. It is important to grind out a solid score because during a tournament I never give up. Therefore, I have to practice regaining my focus and working towards the lowest score possible for that day. Sometimes I am successful, others….not so much.
Focus is an important factor for great golf. Unfortunately, some days it is impossible to sustain it. Changing from competitive to a casual round is part of golf and from time to time is required to keep my sanity! Regardless, knowing when to press and when to relax is the real key great golf over the long haul.
When do you lose focus?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!