Stop Throwing Away Shots


When you look back at a round of golf, do you feel you threw away shots or left some shots on the course? Do the numbers on your scorecard balloon because you are not focused, allow negative emotions to disrupt your game or lack confidence in your game? A scorecard can balloon for any number of reasons such as; poor decision-making, negative thinking, fear, emotional upset, perfectionism, muscle tension and so on. All of these cause us to throw away shots that we would know we can hit.
What causes you to throw away shots?
You want to leave the golf course with no regrets. This doesnt mean that everything will go your way or that you will do everything perfectly. It does mean that you are aware of yourself enough to make the right choices at the right moment and you dont allow a train wreck to occur during your round.
Here are three ideas to consider, to help you stop throwing away shots during your round.
1. See each shot as a single event
Each shot is a new opportunity to do something great, no matter what happened on the shot before. Each shot has a beginning, middle and end and when its over, its over! Too many people analyze and bring negativity forward as if the shot is still a reality but its not. When this happens, an old shot merges with the current shot and this is how train wrecks occur.
2. Hit the smart shot vs. the shot you want to hit
We sometimes throw away golf shots because we go for the shot that is not the best or most appropriate shot for us or the situation. Ask yourself, What is the wisest shot for me to hit in this situation? Your answer will reveal the truth. Trust it and hit that shot. When we go for shots that are not appropriate we trigger tension and doubt which then triggers a series of poor decisions and shots.
3. Use the right club for you
We throw away shots when we choose clubs based on comparisons to other golfers. If your 4-iron gets you the same distance that a 6-iron gets someone else, stick with your 4-iron. When we over or under club we throw away shots. When we under club we try too hard and we lose rhythm and timing. When we over club (meaning we use the club somebody else is using even though its too much club), we know it is not the right club for us and this alters our rhythm and flow as well. Either way, we are not in position to hit our best shot. Use the club that feels best to you. If you do this more often, your scores will reflect more consistency.
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