What do you think about when you play golf?
Some of my best golf I have ever played has occurred when I am thinking about something else other than my game. When my mind is not engaged into how I swing the club, my golf game flourishes.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know when my game is off, and I know what I have to do to get it back on track. But, I cannot get it back while I am playing. I have to play through my issues and then go to the range to work things out.
So what do you have to do when you are playing and your game goes south? Here are a few ways to make it through the tough times on the golf course.
- Engage with your playing partners. Talk to them about their work, their families, anything other than your golf game. Ask them how they play so well and maybe you can pick up bit of information to help with your game.
- Pick out your favorite song and sing it – no, not out loud, but under your breath as to not bother anybody else’s game!
- Go ahead and get upset about your last shot! Don’t throw a fit, but get it out of your system before you play the next shot.
- The power of “9”. There is something special in thinking about the number 9. So whether you see your ball explode into little nines as you hit the ball, or just thinking about the number during your swing, you will quickly stop thinking about what you are doing wrong. This thought process clears the mind.
- Last but never least; be positive about your game and the outcome. Remember, it is just a game!