There are many times on the golf course where I have made the decision to tighten my game. The decision to adopt this course of action is not taken lightly, but it does require a conscious choice and some specific steps to accomplish my intent. I am not trying to be glib and evasive, but I am trying to convey that closing ranks on the golf course is a challenge in on its own. Thus, I have a process or method (of course I do….right) that helps me manage my game and lower my overall golf score.
The exact timing for tightening my game comes down the stretch. Usually, the last four holes offers a situation where I am either in contention to win a tournament or break par. These two pressure situations require a tremendous amount mental fortitude to stay focused on the moment. Each shot has its own complexities and my approach helps reduce the white noise of making errors. My approach is simple and hinges on my mental focus.
In my case, closing the ranks means to club up on most shots, focus on the safer line, and remain confident that I can make every shot in my game. I ensure I commit to every shot and remain moderately aggressive. However, I do not take any unnecessary chances and I always aim for the fat part of the green. I figure that I can two putt from just about anywhere and when I am playing well, that confidence does to falter. That is my method to close my ranks.
I bet you are wondering what is different to this process from the way I normally play. Well, it is pretty close to the same, but my course management is less risky and I only hit shots I know I can hit. This part of my process is purely mental and I have learned through trial and error that it can win or lose my round.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!