You guys (almost said y’all… The South is running thicker every day in my blood and I love it!) know that I’m a big advocate of playing ‘smart golf’. I love Dr. Bob’s philosophy of making cocky swings with a conservative strategy.
… It doesn’t always work out. I’ve screwed up plenty of lay ups and safety shots.
I made a decision many years ago that I would never make the mistake of berating myself after screwing up a conservative play. Here’s what I mean:
I take a 4 iron off the tee instead of Driver on a short par 4. I proceed to block slice the 4 iron into a fairway bunker. When I was a mentally weak player, I would say stuff like, “What an idiot, I knew I should have just gone for it!” or, “I can even hit an easy shot today”.
Yes, I still get a bit angry or disappointed after the shot, but I’ve learned to recognize that had I hit driver, that bad swing would have put me in far worse position!!!
I know the odds are with me in the long run. You’ve got to spin things to keep your confidence high.