There Is A New Sheriff In Town

Do you hear voices in your head when playing golf? Not the ones that will drive your playing partners to set an appointment with a Physiatrist, but the ones that continually create a conflict between the hero and smart shot. Understanding that every golfer battles the angel and devil scenario, knowing when to kick the devil to the curb is very important. To do this, every player has to have a sheriff in their pocket that keeps the peace. The challenge is developing this lawmaker and being able to call upon them when needed.

I am lucky to have a sheriff on my team. This magical being keeps my mental state on track, my focus sharp and my ego in check. Well, to be fair it is not a being but a process. One that every golf has to have or else their game will never improve. In case you are wondering:

There is much more to this process, but I think Rick Shiels has covered the big bits of creating your own sheriff. Mine is a must and I use it on most shots. If the sheriff is around, magical things happen to my game. Do you have a sheriff on your team?

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

2 thoughts on “There Is A New Sheriff In Town

  1. My pre-shot routine kind of follows Rick’s think, feel, and play pattern though I don’t care whether I’m standing beside or behind the ball while thinking or finding the feel. There are no “boxes” for me. And the thinking and feeling portions I think of more as one and the same. Trying to get the feel for a planned shot is something I consider more a confirmation mode that is key to “allowing” me to move on to the play area. Something to bring confidence that I can execute what I have planned. And while I often find that with the first choice of shot that I make, that isn’t always the case and the feel portion can lead me back to the thinking “box” as readily as it leads me to the playing “box”.

    And as for thinking, I got asked the 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙩 question today for the first time since I got the new GPS watch. One of the guys tonight was playing with a short bag. Using his 7 wood off all the longer holes which left him at distances he wasn’t really sure about and since I was right there he asked me for the distance on hole 7 which is our first par 4 long enough to make use of a driver and still not be able to reach. I gave him the standard reply most want. Distance to the center (which happened to be where the pin was). He asked for distance to the back. Smart man. By asking that question you know he’s opting to play a shot that is sure to at least reach the center. He was looking to limit distance rather than push for it.

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    • Kevin,

      You are absolutely right that your playing partner asked the proper question. Most golfers play the ball short and as a a result are surprised when they are short. There is definitely a failure in the thinking process.

      Cheers Jim


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