Do you talk to yourself when playing golf? If you are like me, there are times when I have a whole conversation about my game in just six inches of real estate. Sometimes I am admonishing myself and others I am giving offering a pep talk. Before you start laughing at me, you know you all do it! And there are those rare moments when I drop a hint on how to play the next shot. Yes, dropping a hint is actually an important part of my game and I try to use it when the time right!
Many would say that dropping hints to your game is much like course management…..wait, who am I kidding! Dropping hints is exactly like course management. Talking my way around the course is vital to my game. Of course the conversation is sometimes very tempered, but it focuses on producing a successful outcome for my current shot and to set the next shot. This is the typical approach for all golfers, but in my case I sometimes take it to the next level of analysis.
I not only look at the current shot, but also the next shot and the one after that. Much like playing chess, I actually look a few shots in advance without losing focus on the shot at hand. While looking at the possibilities, I drop the hint about what to do and focus on positive outcomes. My process works well to help make the proper shot at the right time.
I could go into a great deal of detail about some of the hints I drop, but all of those are situational. But, I can offer this piece of advice, once you have made a decision about what route you are going to follow, commit to the shot and move on. Accept the results and start your course management process all over again. Remember, one shot does not produce your lowest score ever, it only helps build the foundation for success.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!