I can state with all certainty that every golfer has tried to press a poor situation on the golf course in the hopes of regaining form in one shot. It is nothing to be ashamed about because it is a natural urge. Unfortunately, these high risk shots have worked the odd time and thus this positive intermittent reinforce (considered a very powerful motivator my psychologists) causes poor management. I have to say, I have fell into this exact situation many times over the years. The question is how to avoid pressing a poor situation?
After years of thinking about this situation, I have come to realize what breaks down to cause me to make a poor decision. I know if I use this one skill that I have developed over the years, I will fight the urge to press a poor situation. It is very simple – use my pre-shot routine!
Yup, it is not any more complicated than that. My pre-shot routine is key to mentally preparing to make a right shot at the right time. The positive residual affects are amazing; it sets me up for success whether I make a solid swing or not. When I am committed to making a pre-shot routine, I am confident I have made the right shot selection and as a result generally shoot lower golf scores.
Annika Sorenstam best describes a pre-shot routine without adding all the idiosyncrasies that each of us have:
Fighting the urge to press a poor situation starts with a pre-shot routine. I realize there are times during a match that pressing this shot is the right choice, but I have thought about it before making the shot and weighed all the risk/reward benefits. This is a conscious choice not an emotional one.
Golf can be complicated or easy. I choose the easy route by using a pre-shot routine that is repeatable, focused, and sustainable. I helps me fight the urge to compound my mistakes by making more.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!