I fundamentally believe that if I have a shot, I have a chance to score well. It is not pie in the sky stuff, but a deep rooted understanding that anything is possible when looping the course. The late great Arnold Palmer believed that making a total effort every time is the way to win at golf. Who am I to argue with the King!
Being able to envision your shots on the golf course is akin to playing chess. The chess grand master probably thinks 10-15 moves ahead and as such can shape the board to his liking. Golf is similar except the great players thinks 3 or 4 moves ahead. Regardless, the point is that we need to play the immediate shot with an eye on on what is next. Just ask Brandt Snedeker at the Pebble Beach:
Snedeker played to his strengths after a wayward tee shot and walked off with a birdie. Instead of worrying about the past, he envisioned a way to get into red numbers on the 18th hole and executed it perfectly. Now that is the way to play golf.
Snedeker shows that if you have a shot, you have a chance. This is a core belief that all golfers should have; it keeps my mind focused and allows me to make something out of nothing some days.
What are your thoughts having a chance at birdie from a wayward shot?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!