One Golf Shot Makes A Difference

If you ever thought that one golf shot is not enough to change your fortunes on the golf course, I suggest you revisit your thinking. I can make this bold statement because Scottie Scheffeler made that miracle shot at The Masters on the third hole that turned his fortunes around 180 degrees. It was a two stroke swing, but more importantly it changed his disposition (and confidence) to a point where he never looked back. He gained total control over the rest of his round that propelled him to victory!

Of course, the opposite is true as well. A poor shot can make your round take in a hurry. The highs and lows that affect our rounds are actually a mental thing. The positivity of a great shot is something I wish I could bottle, but unfortunately it is just not possible. Or is it?

If the one thing that this years Masters showed is that staying focused and positive during all shots is a must to play great golf. If we analyze Rory McIlroy’s round, he responded to all poorish shots with a confident great shot. His collapse from playing great (which seems to happen more often than it should) did not happen and you could see his confidence growing until he topped it off with a chip in out of the sand on the 18th hole. McIlroy’s historic round was a texted book case of staying mentally positive and building on great shots.

Keeping a strong mental positive attitude when playing golf is a must to play your best. The highs and lows of a great golf shots are something that are managed by mental toughness. I am continuing to research on how to develop a no-fail mental process to maximize my successes of a great shot. I kind of have a good process not, but it is not 100%, so my research journey continues.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “One Golf Shot Makes A Difference

  1. Yep. One shot can get you started or stop you in your tracks.

    I didn’t find either of those shots this week. I just plodded along. The driver wasn’t behaving this week as well as I would like. It wasn’t so bad as to get me into too much trouble, but it certainly wasn’t as helpful as it could have been or has been of late. Not sure why, it just didn’t want to listen to me. lol So I changed tactics when I thought it might be safer, but left myself some longer shots in than normal which of course led to wider dispersion patterns and longer putts. Lots of really tough putts. And none of those fell. But over the day I was most proud I think of my putting even if nothing of note fell. They were all close and doing that with 20+ foot sliders all day and never letting it get under my skin made me pretty happy about my performance anyway. Just getting all of them to stop somewhere close that I could drop the next one was accomplishment enough for me for the day.

    I credit that to an abundance of confidence supplied by the new grip on the putter I added this week. Couldn’t make up my mind on which grip to go with for the irons and woods though. I’ll go back this week and make my mind up finally.

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    • Kevin,

      Having rounds where a specific club will not cooperate is a standard thing for amateurs. I do what you did and work a round the misbehaving club. Sometimes it works and others…..

      Great to hear your new putter grip is working. Adding confidence to the flat stick is definitely a boon.

      Cheers Jim

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