I routinely ask myself this is a question. When playing each shot, I sometimes take opposite approaches to the same set of influences and yet come to a different conclusion. It is very strange and sometimes I wonder if I have my golf brain engaged at all. It really strange and something I continue to be puzzled about. I often wonder if I really have a golf mind or not!
I talked about the golf mind before when building confidence. Here is an excerpt from a previous post:
DR. BOB ROTELLA, writing for Golf Digest, has ten things that will build confidence in any golfer. Rotella suggests: “I believe every golfer has the potential to be much better than he or she is, and that using the mind is one essential way to improve. You will never know if you have the ability to be the best player in the world, or the best player in your club, unless you commit yourself to developing both your physical and mental skills.” Rotella’s top points to build your confidence are:
- Play to play great. Don’t play not to play poorly.
- Love the challenge of the day, whatever it may be.
- Get out of results and get into process.
- Know that nothing will bother or upset you on the golf course, and you will be in a great state of mind for every shot.
- Playing with a feeling that the outcome doesn’t matter is always preferable to caring too much.
- Believe fully in yourself so you can play freely.
- See where you want the ball to go before every shot.
- Be decisive, committed and clear.
- Be your own best friend.
- Love your wedge and your putter.
I have to keep reminding myself of these very important points to ensure that I keep my golf mind engaged. And yes, I do believe I have a golf mind, but it sometimes wanders. Of the above 10 important characteristics, I believe that seeing where my ball is going to go and being decisive on the shot are key to my golf game. Therefore, engaging my mind specifically on these points is very important to engaging my golf mind.
Lastly, I have to believe in myself, always. It is critical to have complete confidence in my game (swing, course management) during every stroke and decision point. This seems like an obvious comment, but it is really is a necessity.
So, over the next 4 months, I will mentally visualize and meditate on Rotella’s 10 characteristics of a great golfer. It will help that I have an indoor driving range set up so I can focus on being a better player!
What do you think of Rotella’s 10 characteristics of a great golfer?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!