There are certain things in golf over which you have direct control and plenty of other things that you don’t. Your score in golf depends on if you’re playing for the right reasons. What that means is measuring your success by tracking the parts of the game that you can actually influence.
Most golfers measure their success on one thing — their score. That’s what is constantly discussed. It can act as a prop for your ego when you post a good one. And it may also be tied to your level of golf confidence.
If you are someone who is doggedly determined to play great golf you may be limiting your success by limiting how you measure your success. Being fixated on you’re score alone, your performance stats, or any other outcome metric can prevent you from investing in the things that actually contribute to a good score.
Those outcome metrics only reveal part of the picture when it comes to your golf performance. There’s so much that goes on inside the process of playing the game that provides the most valuable feedback.
When working with golfers my goal is to help them simplify their approach to the game so that they can play with more freedom, more consistency, and a lot more enjoyment.
This goal is possible when you’re focused on measuring your success in the right way.
Here are three great reasons to play golf that you can start tracking in your next round. When you center your thoughts on improving these things good scores will follow.
#1 – A good reason to play is to track how consistently you play with a present-centered focus.
I’ve talked about this in some of my Golf Mindset Matters episodes on Facebook. If your focus is split between what happened two holes prior, or on the last shot, or if your mind is drifting to the future you will not hit your next shot well.
You need 100% of your attention focused on the task at hand. Tracking how consistently you play with your thoughts centered on the present is an excellent measure of success. Because the more you do this shot by shot, the better you’re going to score at the end of the round.
#2 – A good reason to play is to track how many things you did right on a shot as opposed to counting your mistakes.
Tracking your mistakes or the ratio of good shots to bad one serves no purpose in your game. What you spend the most time thinking about, reflecting on, or replaying in your mind tends to become your reality. So unless you have a deep desire to repeat mistakes, stop shining the spotlight on them.
Stop replaying them. Stop beating yourself up about them by counting how many times you think you mess up during a round. Set all of that aside so that you can selectively focus on the things you’re doing right.
You want to be in a perpetual state of building on your success from the start of your round to the end of it. Make a point of focusing on how many times you are hitting good shots, making good decisions, and investing in the process of your game.
#3 – A good reason to play is to track how engaged you are with your target on every shot.
This game is all about the target. Measuring your success around how engaged you are with your target shot by shot, rather than the ball, is a great reason to play. A lot of golfers will get over the ball and allow their intent to shift to hitting the ball rather than swinging to their target. Has that ever happened to you?
Your job is to execute to your target. Therefore, you must make sure that your mind remains locked on to the point where you want your ball to go. To be highly target-centered one shot at a time is a great reason to play. Ultimately, the more you are committed to and engaged with your desired target the more your shots will go to it.
I’d love to hear from you today. Leave me a comment below and tell me which reason you liked best. Or if there’s something else related to the process that you like to track, let me know what it is.
Playing for the right reasons means that you are tracking the things that you can actually control. Let go of your score in exchange for a metric that you can actually use to improve your golf performance so you may experience more consistent and more enjoyable rounds.