Committing to Your Golf Shot

As amateur golfers, we face many obstacles to playing good golf. I am sure their is an endless list of areas of our game that need improvement. For years, I have worked at my list and figured out that I could have quickly eliminated that I could have made faster progress by following one basic tenant to playing golf. It is something difficult accomplish, but provides that ‘ah ha’ moment once completed.

Over the years, I have tried many different techniques, drills, and methods to improve my golf game. Some worked and some not so much; but through all my trials and tribulations, I found that one of several things have to happen. Now that I found it, I know that I can improve any area of my game faster and more effectively than in the past. All I have to do is:

Regardless of what situation we found ourselves in on the golf course, committing to whatever shot you selected is critical to lower golf shores. It is important to quiet the white noise and focus on success. The only true way to take your game to the next level is to commit to every shot. This is something that I try do each time I select what I am going do next on the course.

I find that when things go awry on the course, it is usually because I am not committing to my shots and I am focused on ‘what ifs’. My confidence is shaken and I start to question my approach. This mental failure has a negative impact on my scores and has the potential to have lasting affects on the current round and perhaps the next as well.

Listening to Jack Nicklaus

So you can see how the domino affect of not committing to your shot can hurt your overall game. It has the potential to stop the progress to game improvement, increase your golf scores, and send you spiraling in to the world of ‘can’ts’!

So, if you are looking to be a grateful golfer (or you know a better player), I recommend you commit to every shot and see what happens next.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “Committing to Your Golf Shot

  1. This past week I had gotten myself in trouble off the tee on the 6th hole because the wind had died on me. I had been aiming right at trouble expecting the big cross breeze I felt while setting up to keep me out. But the breeze died just as I hit the ball. Bad luck. But it was a par five so I still had a chance. I failed to commit on the next shot, but it didn’t leave me any worse off than had I kicked out sideways. I had been worried because I was too close to a palm tree and didn’t want to end up battered by a ricochet. I usually don’t let that bother me, but I was so close and the opening was only inches wide. A bad decision really. Anyway, I got past it and hit a good third shot so my approach to the green was to be my 4th and had to be good to save par. One of my playing partners had also found trouble and he was hitting first. He used a laser range finder from just a couple yards behind and right of me and announced the distance as 96 yards. His shot came up well short and landed in a bunker that guards that side of the green. The last thing I wanted was to end up in that bunker, but I had judged the distance as only 80 yards based on the red stake that marks 100 to the center. So for a second or two, I had to question my yardage. But I’ve played the course enough to trust my judgement and I was able to get past my doubt and commit to my distance decision. I hit it great. It was tall and pretty and landed flag high and about 8 feet left. Again the wind dissappeared on me. Lol My divot was only a foot away from the ball. I rolled a really good putt I thought but it didn’t drop so I bogied. But I walked off the hole knowing I gave myself a chance and had the greens been better (they were still bumpy after aerating the week before), that par would likely have been mine.

    Commitment is a must. And good judgement helps too. Fail with either and it bites you. And sometimes, like with that tee shot, the golf gods just spite you. Lol


    • Kevin,

      Yes, the golf gods do spite us sometimes, but they also reward us for good play! Your example is perfect to my point. Thank you. Commitment to a shot is critical to success and the more I do it, the more successful I play. I just wish I remembered that all the time. 😉

      Cheers Jim


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