What to do when you play bad golf…

Instead of tweaking and adjusting your swing (as I know you do now), try this.

Relax. Seriously, try and relax your body and mind. (I learned from a really smart scientist that if you can relax your face muscles you’ll also relax your mind. It really works!)
Take a deep breath.
And swing with more freedom and enthusiasm than your last swing.

You may need to adjust your game plan a little. Placing the driver back in the bag is a good start. It will also help if you can stop thinking. Pesky will be doing his best to give you a hundred reasons why the ball is not going where you want it to go. But you’ve got to ignore this. Simplifying your thinking will almost always get your out of a slump.

Side note: Over thinking leads to choking. The adult condition that more control and thought will help is wrong. If you tend to think too much I’m willing to bet that you choke under pressure. If you continually ruin a good round with two or three bad holes you’re definitely choking. If you struggle to play your best golf under the pump then you’ve gotta stop thinking so much.

When you hit a bad shot or two you want to condition yourself to think less and play with more freedom. This is the hardest, but most important, golf lesson you’ll ever learn.

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  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply January 28, 2012

    Yes. What I’m learning is that the things you’re talking about here are LIFE skills as much as golf skills. Develop them in other areas of your life through disciplined application and they naturally flow over into your golf. Golf is after all just another part of life. The skills are transferrable!

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply January 28, 2012

    You have hit the nail on he head here Cam because today I had a bad one and I did fall into the trap of over thinking and worrying about the swing so I have read this taken it on board and will apply it in future.I have played fairly well recently so today goes down as a bad day nothing else.
    Cheers Lukey

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