We all have tremendous potential but most of us play around the edge of it without actually tapping into it. Ive had the honor of working with both professional golfers and amateur golfers just like you, who make up the bulk of The Golf Channel readership. What I find in my work is that the golfers I speak to have the potential to play better golf but dont play up to their potential because they place obstacles in the way.
POTENTIAL VS. KINETIC ENERGY
Science talks about this very thing when they discuss potential or kinetic energy. Science labels potential energy as energy that is stored or built up for later use (maybe). Kinetic energy is energy that is actually BEING USED.
Your ability to play your best golf also fits into these categories. Golfers build up great potential by gather information but often get stuck when it comes to using it to play their best. Here are some examples of potential and the obstacles we place in our way.
- Gathering Information
- Lack of Action or Follow-through
How many books, articles have you read? How many programs have you attended? How many times have you thought about it and not taken any action? (a popular one!)
Here are the three most common obstacles:
- Fear that it wont work
- Poor Previous Experiences
By the way, fear, doubt and negative memories will distract us from playing our best. Not only do they affect us on the course but off it as well.