Many golfers try to establish a rhythm when they play. This playing tempo drives virtually all aspects of their game and if done properly can lead to some great golf scores. If rushed then disaster can ensue. It is a matter of control, but sometimes when I play I get caught up trying to play fast, my whole processes fly out the window. The next thing I know 14 holes are over and I cannot seem to slow myself down enough to even line up a shot. It really is a challenge sometimes not to rush past the enjoyment of the round.
There are many causes that result in a rushed golf shot. Many result from mental inattention to what is going on during the round, but there is one thing that happens that causes me more challenges than all the others. It is making two great shots in a row. Yup, being very successful has its disadvantages.
What happens to my game when I hit a string of great shots is that I get excited. This is when I breakdown mentally. I get caught up thinking about my next great shot and stop doing the processes that led to the great shots.
I stop my pre-shot routines, taking time to line up properly, and even rush my processes on the green. Unfortunately, I do not realize I am speeding my game up because it is happening slowly. I am walking faster and selecting clubs before I should. I am hitting before I am set and all heck breaks loose! I am officially rushing my golf shots to the detriment of my golf score.
I would imagine there are as many reasons why golfers rush their shots. There is no specifics to this challenge and it is unique to each golfer. Rushing golf shots is a fundamental error for many golfers. For me, having developed and proven shot processes is the key to not rushing my game. I just need to stay aware that my success can lead to challenges if I let my emotions run amuck.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!