Boring golf?

A key to mastering your golf is staying in the game and enjoying the process during the uneventful (one could say the boring) parts.

There’s not always going to be birdie putts and long drives. Sometimes you’ve got to chip from the rough or take a penalty drop. Other times, you’re looking at simply progressing your ball from point A to point B without ruining your score (transitioning your ball). No matter, each shot counts the same and you must stay focused.

I’ve played two Pro Ams this year. Both times with the same guy – very good player with loads of ability. Each time I’ve managed to scrap my way to a better score than him. I certainly didn’t play that well but I got the job done.

Pro: Cameron, you impressed me with your ability to score.

Me: The difference between you and me is I was able to stay on track for 18 holes. You went missing a few times. Played the wrong shot or got distracted. You have the skill level, but no matter how well you swing, if you can’t stay in the game you’re going to waste strokes.

So you’ve got to learn to love the process – all of the time. Of picking targets, committing to the shot and then repeating. It’s not rocket science. It’s also not sexy. But this is the reality of learning to play your best golf. It might seem boring, but it leads to sexy results.

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  • Adam

    Reply Reply June 7, 2017

    Another thing is patience. I’m still young and I lack this quality but I’m learning it slowly.

    I learned piano over 3 years. So my golf should take, say, maybe 2 years to see actual results.

  • Adam

    Reply Reply June 9, 2017

    For me, conservative strategy plays into this. Seems boring, not risky and dangerous, like going for every pin or trying to birdie every hole. Sometimes It’s best to keep the damn thing in play and worry about score later.

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