It is amazing that any golfer can go from playing well to playing poorly with just one swing. In my case, this downward spiral happens when chunking an easy chip. I am not sure exactly why this happens, but it definitely has something to do with my alignment. Additionally, it happens when I am trying to be ‘too cute’ instead of being aggressive. When this happens, negative thoughts creep into my mind and it is a struggle for the rest of the round. Does this ever happen to you?
After years of having the challenge of periodically chunking chips, I know the problem. It is all alignment or is it! I start moving this or adjusting that until my arms are working counter to my hips, which are fighting with my feet. I am playing my own game of twister as I prepare to chip my ball in the hole.
So, I fix things by aligning everything back to neutral. I clear my mind of all the helpful tips and head back to the basics. Once I have realigned myself, I just swing the club. But, all of my minor adjustments are just symptoms of a larger issue with my short game from time to time. It is overthinking the shot.
Yes, I realize that many of us have never been accused of over thinking 😉 however, that is the case. I try to be far too delicate for the shot and generally end up being short. Then, on the next shot, I make an adjustment to compensate for my poor mental approach and another mistake happens. Over the time of a few rounds, I am all messed up and need to restart. Of course, this only happens a few times a year, but when it does, it is very frustrating.
Moving forward into my tournament this week, I am on track to chip and pitch well. I reset a few weeks ago and I am firing on all cylinders. Therefore, I do not see my chipping woes creeping into my game from overthinking and I expect solid results from my short game.
Do you ever have this happen?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written my Jim Burton from The Grateful Golf blog.