How many times over the years have I said “I just need one good shot”! That one shot to change my fortune and right my listing ship of a golf game. We have all said that, but I can honestly tell you that rarely does that one good shot show up during my round. It is as if I chase my good fortune away by jinxing my thoughts by focusing everything on one swing of a club!This is different from competition where one shot can win or lose a match. I am talking about a bad streak of misery where not matter what I try, I cannot seem to get my game on track. The of course, then more negative thoughts climb into the 6 inches between my ears and things seem to get worse. I might as well walk to the 19th hole and throw in the towel.
I am sure everyone can relate to what I am saying. We all experience ruts of poor play from time to time and the trick is to get out of the rut as quickly as possible. The erosion of confidence in our game is an issue, but this is just mental. Our swing has not changed, but our expectations of the outcome sure has! We start expecting bad results and magically it happens. So, then we hope for that one good shot to change everything.
In my game, the only real response to a string of poor play is patience. I remind myself that I have a pretty solid golf game and that my poor play is only temporary. I wait until I have a couple solid holes in a row and then magically, my mental attitude changes and I start to play better golf. I stopped relying on one good shot because it has never worked in the past and likely will not work in the future. Patience is the key to changing my game. What is yours?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!