THINK ABOUT THIS: You’ve had a magical few days when all is well with your golf game and bragging rounds are posted. You are convinced you’ve found the secret to the game and your confidence is at an all time high. Then WHAM! It’s gone as quickly as it came.
It wasn’t necessarily your golf game. It was your thought process.
Ask anyone who has tried to change their swing and they’ll tell you it doesn’t happen overnight. So why would anyone think a golf swing could turn sour from one hole to the next? Truth is, it doesn’t. However, a good swing can yield strange and undesired results immediately by negative thinking.
Don’t let this happen to you.
The Positive Golfer will help you create new habits to lower your scores in the most time efficient manner; you will read stories of success and inspiration; you will understand how the mind influences the body’s actions. You will learn:
– skills to reduce anxiety and phobias
– how to score when your game is not ‘up to par’
– new approaches to negotiating hazards on the course
– relaxation techniques
– concentration and focusing secrets and more!
Visit this site each regularly for some new tips and insights you can use to improve your game…..and your life. Detroit area Sports Psychologist Dr. Jackie Odom will add information, strategies, and exercises from the psychological world to supplement real-life experiences.
Identifying your negatives………Does this sound like you?
“I never seem to play as good as I should.”
“I start out having a great round and then BOOM! I crash and burn.”
“Why do I always get so nervous playing in front of people?”
“I’m the unluckiest person in the world!”
“If I could only relax….”
“If I had more time to practice….”
“Can’t play in the wind or the rain; have never been able to. It bothers me.”
“My knees knock over a two-foot putt.”
“I have a lousy swing.”
“I’m too uptight to play in tournaments.”
“My handicap hasn’t changed in years. I’ll never improve.”
“I can’t stand good players.”
“My game stinks! I’m no good.”
If you’ve ever uttered anything like one of these statements, you will benefit from checking in on The Positive Golfer each week. The first step toward solving your golf-esteem issues begins like anything else: you have to realize you may have a problem.
The next time you play golf, simply try to take note of how often you think negative thoughts. If you are really thorough, keep track and jot them down. You’d be surprised how often the negatives creep into your brain and you create self-fulfilling prophecies.
Be wary of innocent moments such as when the lead off hitter hits one long and straight and your first thought is ‘Wow, I can’t top that.’ Or, all 3 players in your foursome make their putts and you think the odds are against you to make yours; or maybe your buddies all hit their tee shots into the woods left or right and you start to think which side of trouble you’ll be in?
This week, notice how negative you truly are…..or aren’t.