As I navigated the holiday season, I found my attention being drawn in multiple directions simultaneously. This is not surprising because of the significant increase in sensory data that constantly bombarded my 3-foot space. It was overwhelming sometimes, but I was able to keep my sanity by shutting off all the white noise and focus my thoughts in only a few areas at once. What I found is that I was filling my mind with nonsense and realized that to function properly I needed to focus. Boy that sounds very familiar to when I am hitting a golf shot!
In the past I have talked about mindfulness and remaining in the moment. All of these, and more, mental aspects of golf are very important to playing well. And so is embracing distractions. Ideally, the conditions for playing would be perfect and our focus would 100% of the time be on hitting that little white ball. However, we all know that this is never the case and focusing on the distractions is where our golf game goes off the rails.
I all being focused on the distractions filling our minds with nonsense. We start to worry about the possibilities instead of the realities of playing. We start to wonder when the next disrupting noise will happen, we are focusing on someone who might move, or we start looking for excuses for a poor shot before we even make it. All this nonsensical, imaginary distractions have caused me more challenges in the past because I was not focused on what I was doing. Unfortunately, I never thought to practice on fixing my mental woes and I probably should have…..right!
I the future, I am not sure I will take the time to practice in an area full of distractions. But, now that I am aware that I embracing them instead of fighting them might work to keep me more at ease when playing, it might help. I guess we shall see next season when I am playing on a new track with new playing partners.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!