Golf is all about routine. Whether it is a pre-shot routine, a swing routine, or putting routine, the better we play is based on doing the same process and mechanics over and over again. I am a strong believer of following a process because it makes golf easier to play. I know it sounds boring, but it really is not and my scores prove that my approach is successful. The challenge is when my routines become boring and I tire of following my successful process. The good thing is I know what the challenge is and how to fix it!
I know I am starting to tire of my routine when I am going through the processes of playing without focusing on the actual process. I am like a mindless robot just going through the motions without any real thought. Yup, I am not mindful or focused on my game……at all!
I am sure you have figured out my woes when I tire of my proven routines. I am unfocused and not mindful. There are many stressors that can cause this melancholy feeling, but I prefer to use the French term.
I like the term “ennui” (pronounced ‘on we’) This word “describes a feeling that combines tiredness and boredom. Ennui is one version of “the blahs.” Though it sounds it little fancy — maybe because it comes from French — ennui is a common feeling that everybody experiences: being bored and tired.” (vocabulary.com)
There are times during play when I am mentally disengaged, thus I play poorly and just go through the motions. My fix for this situation is to pick clubs I would normally play from specific distances. For example, playing a par 5 with just a 5 iron, hitting a 4 hybrid from 150 yards, or putt with my sand wedge. Basically, I break the routine of playing by making my mind focus on shots that I do not normally attempt. After a few holes, I am back in the game and can focus on performing my routines with intent.
Everyone gets tired of playing golf. Yes, staying home is an options, however it is important to have a fix when the lack focus happens when we are on the links. Do you have a fix your “ennui”?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!