I Just Need One Good Shot!

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!


8 thoughts on “I Just Need One Good Shot!

  1. Over the years, my strategy has always been to just focus on the next shot and to reduce the risk. I do this by modifying my course management until I get my timing back. Maybe this means hitting a 3 wood or hybrid off the next tee to “get one in the fairway.” If I have missed a few greens in a row, on the next hole I will aim for the middle of the green. I will also stop hitting full shots until I have hit a few 80% shots well. If I’m standing in the fairway and I have to choose between a hard 8 iron or soft 7, I will take the soft 7 and aim for the middle of the green. When I am putting, if I have had a few 3-putts I will likely start taking the highest line and try to die the ball in the hole.
    If I then have a couple strong holes, I then feel comfortable going back to my standard shot execution. There will be multiple ebbs and flows over the course of a round. How you deal with those variations is a big part of becoming a better golfer.

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  2. Jim, I’ve learned to treat my golf streaks as normal market fluctuations. I know that I will play about 40 rounds per year. Multiply by 18 holes and I have 720 chances to excel. Over those holes, some will be bad. We all get hard on ourselves, but I try not to beat myself up over physical errors. I simply don’t play and practice enough to expect myself to perform at a superior level. I’m a little harder on my mental mistakes because those can be controlled, but a 4-handicap game is fine for me. The little improvements give me the most pleasure.

    So if you view as if you were a top major league hitter (.333 avg) on a championship team (100 wins), you’ll adopt the right perspective. In 600 at bats, the odds say you will fail 400 times. You’ll also lose 62 games during the season. But you are still pretty darn good!



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  3. Well, I’ve got two. Patience and the next nine. I seem to have an easier time with resetting just knowing I’m on number 10 and I reinforce the process by trying to think the same reset thoughts even if I played the 1st nine well. I don’t want any thoughts like “ok, keep it up” going through my head then. Thinking “ok, it’s a new 9” every time helps keep my thoughts positive and my mind in the game. I’m thinking fresh start which adds confidence and helps me put the last nine behind me.

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  4. Yes, patience is important in such circumstances. But I also find a timely lesson can help restore confidence more immediately. I’ve been playing very poorly the past couple of weeks since one great round but a lesson yesterday evening had me making much better contact again and, more importantly, feeling much better about myself as a golfer. Cheers, Rob.

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