How To Be An Imperfect Golfer

By David BreslowApril 16, 2008, 4:00 pm

How To Be An Imperfect Golfer
 
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Perfection may be a goal for a lot of people but the acceptance of imperfection along the way will keep you in position to play your best.
 
Everywhere I go; at some pointsomeone says they strive to be perfect on the golf course. Some strive for the perfect golf swing and others strive to play the perfect round of golf. Did you ever notice how many winning performances are imperfect performances? While amateurs and aspiring pros work diligently to be perfect in every way, the truth is that the performance of champions is generally NOT perfect.
 
You only need to look as far back as the 2008 Masters or at video of past U.S. Open Championships, British Opens and Masters events. In those replays, youll see shots flying all over the course. Youll see missed putts, drives landing off fairways and approach shots going into bunkers and water.
 
Youll find the same in other sports as well. Baseball players are considered highly successful when they get hits on 3 out of ten at bats. Perfection? Hardly. A batting average of three hundred is considered a lofty feat in baseball. Great pitchers dont throw perfectly all the time either. They can miss their targets, give up home runs and walk opposing batters and still win ballgames!
Youll find that all sports are riddled with imperfections by imperfect people and teams that can go on to be icons of greatness in their respected fields.
 

What is the point of all this? The point is that people who become winners do not do so because theyve attained perfection. They become champions because they can work with imperfection better than others. Perfection is not the key to winning. Sure, you may want to STRIVE for perfection but its working with the reality of imperfection that brings you to your highest and most consistent performances.
 
Here are some important things to know about imperfection and perfection that can help you work with imperfection more effectively:
 
1.Get Real
Being imperfect is more real than being perfect. Champions dont fear looking bad because they are too focused on the task at hand. Its the effort and commitment they make that pulls them through. Golfers hit poor shots, hockey players get knocked down, and basketball players miss easy shots and so on. What they do AFTER that is what makes them champions.
 
2.Reduce Your Pressure
By accepting that you are imperfect you will decrease the amount of self-induced pressure you experience. Now you are fulfilling your obligation to express your talents to the fullest! (Which means you will experience the good, the bad and the ugly at times!)
 
3.Tolerate Your Errors
Being imperfect means that you can tolerate your own errors and mistakes. It doesnt mean that you like them or look forward to them but it does mean that you tolerate them. When you tolerate them, you dont waste energy being angry and frustrated by them. Tolerating your errors means you acknowledge them and move on to refocus on the next moment that needs your attention.
 
Practice and strive for perfection knowing that accepting imperfection is the key to playing full out without fear and reservation.
 
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