Your Most Important 5 Inches

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Bobby Jones said: Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.
 
Great care and respect are given to the best golf courses in the world. This is why they are able to endure change and stress over time. Do you take great care and respect the 5 inch golf course between your ears the same way? Do you treat it with the same reverence the head groundskeeper gives to a championship course? Here are some suggestions to take of the 5 inch golf course between your ears:
 

1. Regular maintenance
 
Stay on top of your game by keeping sharp mentally. Regularly read books or articles on the mental game as you may discover something new. Even if you find you are reading the same things youve read before (which is quite likely) it may impact you differently this time. Check in with yourself and ask does my performance reflect the time, money and effort I put into it? If not, what do you need to do to bring your inner course up to a higher level?
 
2. Water the grass
 
Give yourself a mental cleansing from time to time and wash away the things that cause obstructions/negativity. You can do this by taking mini vacations in your mind. Create wonderful images or memories that cause you to feel good and refreshed. You can also focus on what I call the enjoyment factor. Many of my clients who say they dont enjoy themselves as much as theyd like dont actually focus on enjoyment. They depend on their results to dictate whether they are enjoying themselves. This is backwards. Enjoyment begins from within. When you play or practice dedicate yourself to simply enjoying the process no matter what happens. This can cleanse your mind in ways that may surprise you.
 
3. Change the pin locations
 
To keep things fresh break your usual patterns. Many golfers strive for consistency by repeating positive habits over and over again. However; breaking patterns can also lead to new ways of thinking and doing things. Remember the movie Dirty Dancing? While working on a routine to get it just right Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray were getting on each others nerves which was slowing down their progress. When things became too tense they stopped and changed their environment to break the pattern and were able to return refreshed and ready to train. When boredom or frustration builds it is often wise to change things. Alter the way you move your body on the course, the way you practice, go to different practice facilities and play new and challenging golf courses. When things get too stale; change it up!

I'm about five inches from being an outstanding golfer. That's the distance my left ear is from my right. - - Ben Crenshaw
 
The most important 5 inches are between your left and right ear. Do you nurture it, train it, develop it and allow it to flourish? Start paying attention to this precious real estate and it can pay dividends for you!
 
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