I’ve got an amazing lesson for you here today on getting consistent.
Start off by thinking about, or better yet, writing down your top 3 reasons
for why you play golf.
Go ahead and do this, it will be worth your while. Don’t read ahead until you
really do this, it will be worth it for you…
Ok, got that down?
I’ve had a number of clients in my office lately that are having trouble with consistency
for their game. I ask them what they think about before, during, and after the round with
respect to their game.
I hear all sorts of answers for each person…
They mention these types of typical thoughts:
1. I need to get out and practice more
2. I wonder if I can beat my playing partner/rival/best score
3. Wish I could have holed that putt on the 14th hole
1. This hole always gets me
2. This hole is my favorite
3. I need to get a new putter
4. I’m just not driving well today
5. I need this next shot/putt to shoot a ____
1. If weren’t for that out of bounds drive on the 6th, I’d have shot a _____
2. Why can’t I put together 18 good holes when I can have 9 good ones?
3. If only I would have __________
4. Dang, I’m so angry that I ______
5. I did pretty well with my ________ game.
One of the biggest secrets to playing consistent golf is to think consistently.
Yeah, yeah, I know, you’ve all heard it before…”play one shot at a time”
Yes, that’s good advice but easier said than done.
Now, a little test for you…
What’s the consistent thinking among those types of comments above?
Haven’t figured it out yet? I put a few zingers in there to get you really thinking.
It’s “judgement” or “comparing” that is the consistent thinking in the examples above.
What if your consistent thinking was centered around one of the top 3 reasons you
play golf instead?
Which of those would you like to have running through all of your thoughts throughout
your golf life, on and off the course?
Would you have more fun and enjoy the game more? Would that keep you calm and
in the flow more?
I’m not asking you to do anything crazy here. Just suggesting that you think about the
things that are most important to you about this amazing golf with everything you do.
When I ask a golfer, “why do you play golf?” I rarely hear “to score lower.” And if I do, I then ask
him “what does scoring lower get for you?” And he will answer with some sort of response that it
feels great and he carries that great feeling with him all week long.
So, it’s not really the low score…it’s the great feeling that is at the heart of the motivation to golf.
What if you could feed the feeling first with consistent thinking? The scores would go down as
a side benefit…
Think about it…
Greens and fairways,