Before heading out for your next round of golf, I want you to consider why you’re going out to play. What I mean is to think about what you hope to gain from the round. It’s important to make sure you’re setting your expectations on something you can actually deliver. A task you may be overlooking is identifying the one important thing that will make a difference in your next round. What would be on your list?
There are lots of things you could think about doing better —
- hitting more solid shots
- avoiding doubles or worse
- steering clear of hazards
But you’ve got to make sure that you set your expectations around an element of your process that actually contributes to those types of desired outcomes. If you’re at a loss for what to pinpoint, let me give you 5 practical examples to help you identify that one important thing in your game.
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5 Things That Will Make a Difference in Your Next Round
- Your emotions – staying positive even after hitting a poor shot
- Your focus – making sure that you maintain a connection to your target at address
- Your confidence – throughout your round thinking about your strengths as a golfer
- Your attitude – walking and talking like a winner no matter how your round is going
- Your self-belief – using “I am” statements like “I am a strong putter” to minimize tension over short putts
Do any of those examples target areas where you could use some improvement?
By taking the time to consider your past performance in an effort to identify a minor improvement goal for your next round, you’ll position yourself to move the needle in your game and make some sustainable gains over time. Just remember that your “one important thing” must always be something that you directly control, as there are many uncontrollables in golf — score included.
If you struggle with consistency on the course, but hit a lot of good shots on the range, your challenge is with your mindset, not your mechanics.
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The next time you are faced with a challenge in your game, take an approach from a place of patience and acceptance. Remember that it’s through failure and adversity that we often learn and grow the most.
Got questions about your game?
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