Our future successes on the golf course are limitless. I truly believe that I can improve my state of play every time I hit the links. If I did not, then what would be the point of playing? Wait, there is the joy of hitting a pure shot, watching the ball flight of a perfectly struck 7-iron and the sound of the ball dropping after a 50 foot putt; but these things are a given and speak to the pure enjoyment side of golf. But what about being a better player; where is that rooted?
By regularly hitting the links, I have ample opportunity to see the same shot over and over. If you thing about it, after approximately 170,000 shots (this is a conservative number not including practice) over the years, the odds of me being in the same situation are fairly high. With this in mind, how do I make sure that my current shot will be successful?
First and foremost, forget the past. Our golf minds have a tendency to quickly think of the poor shot made in the past. In amateurs, unlike professionals, our minds generally gravitates towards failure, not success. This is a real challenge; negative thinking instills fear, self-doubt and a case of the ‘can’ts’.
At The Grateful Golfer, we always discuss being positive and the importance of a winning attitude. However, we are all human and the plague of poor shots is always on the periphery looking in. To keep the blackness at bay, forgetting your past shots is the key to embracing your future. Golf shots are essentially snapshots in time and the less we think during the actual mechanics, the better.
The less we think about poor past shots only set us up for success in the future. While playing, I have a very specific pre-shot routine. I think of many aspects of my swing, but like Bobby Jones in the movie “Bagger Vance”, I stop thinking once everything is set. I do not think about the past, but focus on the immediate with the intent of making a great shot. Therefore, as you play your next round, try forgetting the past and embracing your future; I bet you will find greater success in your golf score.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!