Perhaps after reading that headline you are questioning how much I truly know about the game of golf. The truth is that there are no obstacles, unless you put them in your path. There are challenges in any sport, but how you choose to perceive them makes all the difference between success and failure.
Think about the last time you faced a Par 3 over water…
Were you thinking about relaxing and trusting your swing to land the ball at your desired target. Or were your thoughts reminiscent of, “Here’s that @#$%#&* par 3 again where I sank a shot last week….I’m NOT going to hit another one in the water!”
Wherever your thoughts go, your actions are soon to follow, so focusing on the things you wish to avoid will only draw you to them like a magnet. Instead, your goal should be to regularly center your attention on the task at hand and the outcome you desire. A better thought would be, “Okay, I can see my target. I just need an easy swing with my 9, and I’ll hit the green.”
Keep It Simple
Know where you want the ball to land each time you address it. See it’s path before you even take a practice swing. And stay tuned in to your thoughts to make sure they are directing the outcome you want. There is no perfect in golf, but you always have the opportunity to play your best round if you choose to keep “your eye on the ball.” Narrow your thoughts to the things you can do to make the most of every shot. At the end of the round, success will be determined by how well you achieved that goal.