Recently, I asked if anyone had sunk their final putt to win a match. Surprisingly, it was an overwhelming yes! I have to admit that I was surprised, but given the demographic of my blog I should not have been. Regardless, it is an awesome feeling and one I have only experienced a few times over the many years I have played golf. Continue reading
It only takes one shot in golf to become a hero or a goat. If you have ever played in a tournament, you are probably aware of the risk making a poor shot. I sure have experienced the results of making poor shots during competition and yet, I continued to strive play better. I noticed that Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka did this exact thing during the 100th PGA Championship on the weekend. The player that responded best to a poor shot was Brooks, hence he went on to rise the Wanamaker Trophy. Continue reading
Ben Hogan is a genius.
Imagine, after three putting the last hole then talking to yourself to the tee box, you face a tee shot like the 10th hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club. As you approach the hitting area, look out over the hole, you start to think….oh my, now what.
Novice golfers worry about their last shot and forget to focus on what is in front of them. Experienced golfers are able to focus on the job at hand. Competitive golfers are able to execute shots under pressure. Professional golfers think about their next shot and how to take advantage of the hole layout. There are many other variations to focused golf, but I think you get the point.
By following Hogan’s advice to only worry about the next shot, many of us amateurs would cut down on the multiple stokes gained from making a mistake. I know that through the years I earned many ‘extra strokes’ because I focused on the past instead of the present. It happens less now, but still happens.
This year, it is time to stay focused mentally on my next shot and reduce those unwanted errors. Not sure I fully understand how I am going to do this……any suggestions?
I am a grateful golfer. See you on the links!
Another exciting day on the links is over. Today was not as successful as yesterday, but I had a fantastic time. Gone are the days of commiserating about the would a, should a, could a, about a round of golf. My score was a smooth 84. You are probably asking how I shot an 84? Well I missed a 1 footer for an 83 on the 18th hole! The score is very interesting because my play was not as poor as it indicates. However, there were some marked differences between my first round and second round.
I thought it would be interesting to outline these differences and possibly suggest areas of improvement for tomorrow. So, here it goes:
Putting. During the first round I never missed a putt inside of 8 feet. I was on fire. During the second round I only made one putt inside of 4 feet. That four-foot difference was major today. If I was putting with the same accuracy today as the first day, I would have shot 78. The difference between the first round and second was confidence. Early in my second round I missed a couple putts that I felt I should have made. After that it was a grind.
Getting off the Tee. First round I was striping the ball down the fairway, always. Second round….nope. The problem was my head. No literally, my head – it was like a bobble-head and I could not keep it still! Tomorrow, I will fix that problem.
Approach shots. First round, I chipped everything close and without fear. Today, I second guessed every shot. I could not get comfortable! I knew my distances and today, suddenly, I decided not to believe that I hit the ball to the right distance. Lastly, I gave the wind too much respect!
Okay, I think you get the point. I did not play well and that is life on the golf course. My expectations were high and I was not able to meet them today. Does that mean I should start the dangerous spiral of forgetting how well I can play….the answer is NO!
To all the Grateful Golfers out there – the real lesson from today’s challenges – the mental approach to golf! The real problem today was my mental weakness. I let False Evidence Appearing Real or FEAR affect my game. I started to count the score and convince my brain that all was good. Instead, what I should have done is focus on each shot, pay attention to what the course was offering and trust in my swing! Tomorrow will be a different day and I will be mentally stronger and better prepared for an awesome time on the links!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!