Tip #17 from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice”
is about switching your REASON for playing the game. We all know that tension ruins a golf swing. What most golfers DON’T know is that they can eliminate it quite easily and this may be the biggest score-reducing tip in the book that is so easy and efficient. Spend all day practicing if you want but that won’t change one thing about whether or not you have tightness and tension when facing a 4-foot putt under pressure.
Greens and Fairways,
You go out to the course with a score in mind that you would like to record and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with it. You have that in mind through every shot you take, as you walk between holes, and pretty much throughout the whole round.
What you have now done is set yourself up for tension, pressure, and anxiety – the enemies of a golfer.
You have created a mental framework that says:
Good shot = feel good and bad shot = feel bad. Good score = feel good and bad score = feel bad.
You have about a 50/50 chance of feeling good.
What if you set up the framework for your round in a different way so that you guarantee yourself of always feeling good and eliminating tension and nervousness? Wouldn’t you play a heck of a lot better if you started shooting lower golf scores?
The way to do that is to give yourself a new reason why you are out there on the course and playing this grand game. You want to be out there for the sheer joy and ecstasy of attempting to master the sport and being in the experience of what you love about the game.
When I ask my clients why they play the game they say things like: the challenge, the scenery, the camaraderie, the outdoors, the excitement, anticipation and a whole host of other things that have nothing to do with the score.
Ironically, your best scoring rounds will happen as a byproduct of this intention and not because you focused on scoring well.