“Good thinking, good golf. Bad thinking, bad golf” -Moe Norman
Golfers all over admit to me that they think poorly. They admit toconstantly changing their swings and swing thoughts, that they have noconfidence in their games, and that they don’t think things will change….
Your thoughtsabsolutely affect how you act, behave, and yes, swing a golf club.
If you’re waiting for the magical tip, the secret thought to confidence in yourgame, or to play consistently well before you think well, YOU’VE GOT ITBACKWARDS!
You’re old thoughts are part of the problem, and they will keep you fromfinding what you so badly hope for!
Changing swings and swing thoughts keep a golfer from ever mastering theswing. You’ve dabbled in dozens if not hundreds of different swings,never mastering any!
THIS IS INCONSISTENTTHINKING!
FIND A SWING THATWORKS (*that you believe in) AND SPEND YOU LIFE PERFECTING THAT SWING!
Confidence is something that must be practiced. If you wait untilyou hit every shot perfect…. You’ll never find it! On the range,and on the course, you MUST look for any possible reason to be confident.Golf is too difficult at every level (yes, even scratch players feel like theyhit almost every shot less than perfect) to simply build your confidence onsolid and straight shots!
Find ways to feelconfident! LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN EVERY SWING. EXPECT AND LOOK FORGOOD IN YOUR NEXT SWING!
Thinking things won’t change will guarantee that they won’t! Change inmotor learning is a long term process. I take a lifetime approach inthe method I believe in. I’ve learned that expecting change to happen ina week, or a month, or even in 6 months causes impatience, and too much stressin my training and play. When I take the “lifetime” approach, Iconstantly search for positives and small victories as I trust in the approach to learningthis game. I expect improvement, Iknow it will come IF I STAY CONSISTENT IN MY APPROACH!
“Every morning I have achoice. I simply choose to be positive” -Gary Player
About 14 years ago I decided to take Mr. Player’s advice about choosing to bepositive. He advised golfers to stop making excuses on the first tee, tostop telling stories of their 3 putts and triple bogies…. he went so far asto leave the table when golfers began to talk negatively (I respect that aboutGary Player, but found that I’d be sitting alone almost all the time if I tookit that far!).
My advice to you is to TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR THOUGHTS! You are the thinker of yourthoughts…..
-Find a teacher and a method that makes sense to you. BELIEVE in the method and train it for the longterm!
-TRUTH. Motor skilllearning takes time. Motor skill learning takes consistentrepetition. Motor skill learning happens with ALL GOLFERS who trainconsistently.
-Catch yourself thinking poorly. Catch yourself sharing golf ‘horror’stories. Catch your own sarcasm. Change your behavior! YOU CAN BEFUNNY AND CONFIDENT AT THE SAME TIME!
-You will think poorly. The key is to notice and CHANGE IT, rather than just give in to it.
-Thinking well does not guarantee good shots, but thinking poorlyguarantees bad golf.
“Golf is a game ofConfidence” -Dr. Bob Rotella
Now go PLAY GOLF! STOP THINKING GOLFSWING.