Golf is a game of decisions. The development of a good decision process leads to a strong course management capability. They do go hand in hand and are not mutually exclusive. They have to compliment each other to lower your handicap and shot your best scores. Unfortunately, many of us, myself included, deviate from the process and jump to conclusions that cause us no end of grief. It really is a frustrating time when I venture down the path poor decisions, especially if I compound one bad decision with another.
To prevent the crazy mental roller coaster ride of jumping to conclusion, I guess it would be important to add a benchmark perspective from which to leap.
Playing golf, at least in my world, is about playing one shot ahead of my current one. That means, that if I am hitting off the tee, I am as focused on my next shot as I am of the current one. Ben Hogan said it best:
So where does my game come off the rails. Well, it happens when I jump to conclusion. It happens when I think I can make a low percentage shot in a tough situation. I mean we all like to make the miracle shot and then be able to talk about it. Looking back to last year, I can honestly say that my percentage of success in these very challenging shots is around 15%. So, why oh why do I event attempt these shots.
The short answer is that my ego jumps to conclusions and tells the logical part of my brain that I can make this very high risk shot. This fuzzy logic approach to course management happens from time to time especially when I am in the zone of shooting a low golf score. For some reason, my quest to break par clouds my judgement and I sometimes become my own worse enemy.
Instead of playing my game and staying within my capabilities, I jump to foolish conclusions, which results on higher golf scores. Now, this does not happen all the time, but every now and again, I jump so high, there is no chance of being successful. It is a frustrating time, but something that I have learned to accept. Now, most of you are saying that if I can identify when, I should be able to prevent it.
All I can say is good luck. I am a focused golfer and I still jump to conclusions from time to time. If there was a sure fire way to prevent it, I have not found it. However, I can say that the frequency is less than in years past, but is still around.
So, this leads me to ask: do you have a method to prevent jumping to conclusions? I could use the help.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!