“To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.” – Harry Vardon (6 Time Open Champion)
Harry Vardon’s quote reminds of the importance of a proper perspective if you want to play golf confidently. A paranoid golfer is someone who believes that something bad is going to happen to them. Their perspective is significantly influenced by past negative events that make them feel like they have everything to lose and nothing to gain during a round of golf. Paranoid golfer’s associate negative events to different parts of their game and practice the association over and over, making the connection stronger. After a while they simply feel like the game of golf is conspring to lead them into trouble, a form of paranoia.
Harry Vardon and other confident golfers have a mindset like that of an inverse paranoid. An inverse paranoid would be someone who actually believes that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain when they play golf. They are completely at ease because they believe that they have absolutely nothing to fear, and that it’s more than likely that they will have an exceptionally successful round of golf.
What kind of golfer are you?…Do you believe that your game of golf is for you or against you? It’s an interesting and unusual perspective, and useful if you wish to develop a belief that your game of golf is there to help you have an excellent day on the golf course.
Some final wise words fromVardon; “He who is the most composed when in difficulties and when the game is going against him, and who treats each fresh trouble as it comes along as part of the ordinary day’s work to be surmounted in the best manner possible, is the player who will most frequently come out the conquerer.”