“You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time.”
Don’t think about a shiny white golf ball right now. Mental translation…think about a shiny white golf ball right now. You’ve heard the story, the golfer (not you) is playing the fifteenth hole and he always hits his golf ball into the water, even when he tries not to.
Despite his best efforts to avoid hitting his ball there, his golf ball is attracted to the water like a powerful magnet. The one thing that he so desperately want’s to avoid, he seems to have absolutely no power over.
Why?…Well imagine for a moment with a marker in hand you were going to draw two objects on a white board. The first item is a “golf ball” and the second item is a “don’t.” Which one is easiest for you to draw? Your mind will have a great deal of difficulty trying to imagine what a “don’t” looks like. Whereas imagining and then drawing a golf ball is relatively easy in comparison.
Here’s another example, don’t think about Tiger Woods. It’s difficult isn’t it? You know what Tiger Woods looks like so trying not think about what Tiger looks like is difficult for your mind to achieve.
Your mind thinks in positives not negatives. In other words it’s programmed to focus on what you want not what you don’t want. So when I say don’t think about an orange, it simply focuses on an orange.
So how does this work for you and your golf shots? The next time you go out to play golf focus on exactly what you want from each and every golf stroke you make. Make sure your golf shot is achievable and realistic for your skill level. Before you play your stroke imagine with as much detail as you can how the particular shot you are about to hit will behave. Picture the flight of the ball and exactly where you want it to go.
Play the “where to go” game not the “where not to go” game. You will dramatically improve your golf confidence and consequently your performances by developing your “where to go” skills. Playing golf will definately become a more positive experience for you, because you will be removing the mental roadblocks that get in the way of you playing to your potential.
Give it a try and let me know how you go.