Almost all golfers use their score as a benchmark to how they played on any given round. I am no different and sometimes I get so wrapped up in shooting a low score, this goal gets in the way of playing well. This might sound foolish to some, yet focusing on my score has led me down the wrong path for proper swing thoughts. It is as if I was so concerned about shooting a low score, I neglected to use the processes that lead a great round.
This is a good definition as any when relating to our golf score: “your golf score is the number of strokes that you take to complete the hole. Your final golf score for your round of golf is the sum of the strokes for all holes on the course, plus any penalties (See penalty strokes) you may have incurred.”
Each golf score in relation to par is defined in the table below:
|– 4||Condor or Triple-Eagle||Four strokes under par|
|– 3||Albatross or Double-Eagle||Three strokes under par|
|– 2||Eagle||Two strokes under par|
|– 1||Birdie||One stroke under par|
|0||Par||Strokes equal to par|
|+ 1||Bogey||One stroke over par|
|+ 2||Double-Bogey||Two strokes over par|
|+ 3||Triple-Bogey||Three strokes over par|
Before you start questioning my sanity because I am laying out the basic knowledge of golf; there is a point to my diatribe.
Focusing on whether I break par on a round before I even swing the club is usually the first step towards mentally collapsing. Or thinking I need to regain strokes lost on the last hole with one swing of my club. Or thinking I have a great birdie opportunity without following my proven swing processes. Counting my score before putting out. I could go on for quite a bit of time with many examples, but I think you get the point.
Staying mindful is critical to my game. It empowers my physical play because my mental game is sharp. Understanding this, I make the effort to keep my mind on the shot at hand and use my mental powers to gain a playing advantage here and there. If I am not focusing my awareness on the present moment then why am I on the golf course? Therefore, the moment I start focusing on my score, I loose my mindfulness, which leads to playing poorly.
It is interesting how everything is connected. The slightest mistake in any area can lead to disastrous scores. Therefore, I think you can see how focusing on any thing, especially my score, other than the shot processes at hand could cause me to play poorly. Has this scenario every happen to you when you focus on your score?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!