Over the years, I have played many team golf matches. Most of them are fun and I have experienced our share of success. We also have met with defeat and it is during those times that the real character of golfers emerges. When the pressure to perform is on, how do you react to failure?Continue reading
When not in competition, I have to say that I do not follow all the golf rules. Of course I take all my penalty strokes and keep the spirit of the rules at the forefront of my game, but I do not go through all the motions of every rule. And, I do not care if my playing partner follows the rules at all. It is completely up to them, it is their game. Continue reading
Well my move is done. Due to other priorities, I have not touched a club in 11 days. This was expected and given the countless tasks involved in moving, golf was not really at the top of my to-do list.
But now it is time to get back to hitting the links. I wonder what this early break will do to my momentum. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, ot will be important to keep focused and to understand that there is a potential for growth in my game.
As I prepare to return to golf, it is important to keep three things in mind. These mental and physical actions are proven my processes to ensure that my golf game has not fallen toonfar off the rails.
First, manage my expectations. I have not practiced, physically trained or mental thoight of golf in 11 days. Therefore, I cannot expect to play as well as I was before the break. Of course I will play to play well, but I will not allow my ego to elevate my expectations of how well I will play.
Second, follow my preshot routine on every shot. My routine will force my mind and body to remember quicker that I am golfing. It will help with my course management and iron out the kinks in my game.
Lastly, have fun! This is probably the most important of the three. I am golfing again and enjoying the moment while on the links is always important to maintaining a positive attitude on thw links.
As I venture on to a new course with old friends, I will look for opportunities to grow my game. Because this is a new course, I must approach my game differently. I am hoping it is for the better in the long run. Changing course has not detered my intention to be a scratch golfer, in fact, it has increased it.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!