As a very experienced golfer, I have played/worked/lamented/fretted over the development of my golf game. I have approached my improvement through trial and error (not recommended), education (recommended) and repeated practice (recommended). After all my efforts, I sometimes play myself into a zone where I am on autopilot and accept the routine of not thinking about my golf game. I step up to my ball and quickly make a shot with excellent, great, average, mediocre and terrible results. It is here when I take all the technique and concepts for granted. Not an ideal way to play golf I am thinking!
The benefit of my year’s of practice is that I have a strong-ish skill foundation where I make more good shots than not. The challenge with this approach is that my mental game fails when I things are going well. This seems a little strange, but I have a tendency to switch to autopilot when I am playing well. Thus it causes me to take my skills (basic golf concepts) for granted.
Interestingly, when I am just cruising along with no real intent, my mind snaps back into ‘game’ mode when faced with a more challenging shot. I seem to suddenly take interest in my golf game and immediately revert into a focused, competitive golfer. I start to think and the switch from autopilot changes for the rest of the round or longer. Instead of taking my basic golf skills for granted, I try to maximize my skills and shoot as low as possible.
Playing plenty of golf can lead to needlessly taking my basic golf skills for granted. I know I am not suppose to do this, but it happens. Sometimes I enjoy walking the links to soak in the beautiful surroundings. Playing good golf is just a bonus.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!