Ann, an amateur golfer with a 17 handicap had been working on her game for years. When I posed the same question to her she replied, my game definitely doesnt match the time Ive put into it and Ive tried a lot of tips too. Frank, an amateur golfer with a 7 handicap answered the same question by saying, I dont practice as much as I used to but I know I can still improve my handicap. Its just a shot here and there that makes the difference and Im not sure whats in the way.
WHY TIPS DONT ALWAYS WORK
Many golfers like Ann and Frank attempt to implement different kinds of tips. Over the years theyve read books, attended seminars and listened to tapes looking for a new idea or fresh tip that can help them improve. In 20 years experience Ive discovered that tips tend to last about an average of two weeks! How about you? Have you tried to implement tips that somehow seemed to go away after a period of time? This can be a very frustrating experience for sure!
I believe that tips are great but they are NOT a root cause solution to performance challenges. I also believe they dont last because when a new idea or tip runs up against an old habit or a habitually triggered reaction; its really no contest. The old habit or reaction usually wins because its got a lot more history and energy behind it. That energy is stronger than the energy behind the new tip and therefore it takes over. Unfortunately, when this happens it can cause the athlete to feel even more negative and affect confidence levels. Ann and Frank both admitted that when a new tip didnt work after a while that their confidence was shaken. They thought there was something wrong with them because the new tip didnt work. They quickly realized there was nothing wrong with them and that there were very specific principles and patterns playing out preventing the new tip from taking hold, Tips are great and they are most effective when we have a foundational understanding of the mind/body/performance principles. When this happens, the tips become powerful triggers that reinforce the principles and work with them to create ideal mental and emotional states.
Here are some obstacles that can prevent our actual on course performance from matching the time and effort we put in.
Perfection or bust! is a subtle motto for many amateur golfers. We can become so focused on applying new tips or doing things just right that we tie ourselves up with tension and anxiety. We actually get in our own way when try to be perfect. Its another of the performance paradoxthe harder we try the less effective we are.
This is another common dilemma for golfers. The over use of the analytical mind can cause players to be paralyzed in address position or even during the golf swing. When the mind is focused on trying to figure out what to do while youre doing it we create a gap. We are either doing it or thinking about it. If we try to do both we create a less than ideal golf swing.
Overanalyzation is not necessarily the same as overthinking. Overthinking takes place when the mind continues to run on. It is important to learn to quiet the mind, quiet the mental chatter so the body can perform with more fluidity. All of this noise creates a disruption in the communication between the mind, body and emotions and can disrupt natural rhythm.
Do your results match the effort you put into your game?
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