Golf is about making decisions. What club to hit, where to aim, how hard to swing or whether to play safe are just a few examples. Some times my decisions are successful and other times I wish I could rethink the shot again. But, making decisions is a part of the game and one that I enjoy as I loop the course. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to call my shot early and this gets me in trouble from time to time.
The issue of calling my shot too early is a poor habit rooted in a weak mental game. I become focused on something else and my game goes into auto pilot. This happens from time to time and I find it difficult to change once it starts. Usually, as I am walking to my ball I decide that my next shot will require a 5 iron. Now, I have come to this conclusion about 30 yards from my ball without really taking a look at all the influences of this particular shot. Once I decided it was a 5 iron, it would take a miracle to talk me out of it. So, regardless of the result, I hit the 5 iron.
In all fairness, I have played golf for a long time and I am a fairly good judge of my shots, but I find that making my shot selection early throws of my rhythm and pre-shot routine. None of these of course are conducive for low golf scores.
Not to point fingers at myself, but by playing the same course over and over, I think that I know what the next shot needs because I have likely played from that spot before. I become a bit uninterested because it feels like the same old, same old. I realize this is a poor approach to golf and fortunately it does not happen often. When I start call my shots early, I use it as an indicator that I might be playing a bit too much golf and need a couple of days off. Sometimes I take a break and sometimes I do not.
I do not like calling my shots early because it is not in any way part of the way I want to play. I like to play in the moment and focus on each shot as it arises. All I can do is make the effort to avoid making this avoidable mental error. Do you ever call your shots early?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!