Phillip, a 15 handicap told me, Sure, Im analytical. Im always thinking when Im on the course. Im thinking about my pre-shot routine, my set up, my mechanics and if Im hitting the shot correctly. After I hit the shot I analyze what I did wrong so I can fix it on the next shot.
Thats a lot of thinking I told him. Yeah, thats why I called you. Im trying not to think so much on the course. I think Im overthinking! he replied.
Take a look at the first four letters of the words analytical and analyze. Do you notice that they spell the word anal? Being anal means being uptight. I find a lot of golfers slip into this category and here are some of the traits they demonstrate:
Constantly analyze the swing
Analyzing your swing can lead to tension and a loss of freedom in the golf swing. Your swing cant be loose while thinking your way through it. Constant analysis of your swing can lead you to make unnecessary changes and distract your focus from being in the moment and enjoyment yourself more.
Over think their game
These golfers spend too much mental time over club selection, trying to figure out the conditions, checking in on themselves to see how their doing, constant score thoughts and so on. Of course these things are important but some golfers spend so much time trying to make the best decision that they actually get in their own way and out think themselves. In between shots take your mind off the game by focusing on the course, talk to others, notice the sky, birds, trees or whatever you can look at and feel good about. Be thankful youre on the golf course and recognize those things!
Worry about the past and future
I find that many people say they have run on minds because they are always thinking and cant turn it off. In fact, this is not real thinking at all because real thinking is clear, direct and causes you to gain energy; not lose it. What they describe is not thinking; its worrying. They find themselves worrying about the past or the future. All you can do is recall the past or imagine the future. None of that is real in the moment; its just in your head. The past already happened so you cant make it real now and the future hasnt happened yet so thats not real either. All you can do is waste mental energy on them when you carry negativity from the past or project negativity into the future. Either way, reality is now and always will be.
How analytical are you?
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