As amateur golfers, we face many obstacles to playing good golf. I am sure their is an endless list of areas of our game that need improvement. For years, I have worked at my list and figured out that I could have quickly eliminated that I could have made faster progress by following one basic tenant to playing golf. It is something difficult accomplish, but provides that ‘ah ha’ moment once completed.
You are on the 16th hole and need a birdie to keep pace with your opponent. At 14 feet, your right to left breaking putt will test all of your abilities and some! Not to mention to pressure of “having to make” a critical putt. Now we have a case of the ‘chicken and the egg’; does the mental fear affect your putting stroke or does your putting stroke affect your mental toughness? What a dilemma!
Golf is a particularity challenging game. As with most sports, the success on any day is impacted by a variety of stressors. As an amateur golfer, it is impossible to 100% replicated my perfect swing. In reality, most professionals cannot do that either, but obviously they have greater success. As amateurs, how do we fix our variable swing challenges? What are the answers to finding and repeating that perfect swing with consistent success? Continue reading →
Most players reach that putting distance where negative thoughts start to creep in. Depending on your skill and confidence, that distance varies. Personally, my distance is around 50 feet or so, but that changes depending on the speed of the green, the undulations, uphill or downhill, or how I am playing that day. There are many influences, however 50 feet is my standard distance of concern. That, however, is not what most golfers think. Continue reading →