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Finished with a 78. No double bogeys. Played well. Nearly got a hole in one on 16. Hit it about 3 feet behind hole and spun it back to about 6 inches. As it stands I would be 5th. Leader has 71. 2 guys at 74. 1 guy at 76 1 guy at 77.

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For me it's always been to get over poor shots quickly. If you carry that baggage with you over to the next shot the cycle will continue.

 

It's vital to forget about it as quickly as possible and then move on.

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I'm reading an interesting book on the topic called 30 sec swing.

 

 

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I don't get bothered during a casual round with friends or playing by myself, but when it matters, I get all twisted up inside my head. I have been a favorite to win our club championship for several years, but my game goes to pot because I can't keep my stuff together. Even if I play well the first day and put myself in contention, the second day usually goes awry.

 

I learned how to meditate this summer, something suggested in several mental game books I have read. Nothing fancy, just 10-15 minutes a day clearing my mind. I meditated before both rounds of our club championship this year and man what a difference. I felt calm both days, even when I hit shots that didn't go where I wanted. It is amazing what you can do when you get the 6 inches between your ears out of the way of your game.

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For me it's always been to get over poor shots quickly. If you carry that baggage with you over to the next shot the cycle will continue.

 

It's vital to forget about it as quickly as possible and then move on.

"Selective amnesia" remember the good, forget the bad

 

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The worst thing that happens to me is when someone says, this is your hole. I'm guaranteed to jack it up. I'll pull or push fade it OB.

 

Like the past charity scramble I played. My favorite hole #7 I've aced it and it's usually a birdie hole. A guy says "hey, this is Alan's hole". So I tee off and push it right into the creek. Never done that before.

 

My best advice that I use for me is:

 

Aim Small Miss Small

 

&

 

Set it and forget it

 

Just pick your target aim your shot. Don't stand over the ball to long and let er' rip.

 

 

 

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^^^ that last one ^^^

 

(..after you've selected your club and.visualizes your shot and selected your aim line, then...)

Rehearsal swing .. *NOT a "practice" swing! .. literally rehearse what you want to execute next .. brush the grass, rehearsal swing .. brush the grass .. step in and go!

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"The golf swing is like sex. You can't be thinking about the mechanics of the act while you are performing."

- Dave Hill

 

The instructor Shawn Clement (whose videos are often overly long but still have some golden tips in there) has a whole series about being outwardly focused. You can't think about doing something in the swing while it is happening (inwardly focused). You need to think about your target (even at the expense of the ball) and your body knows how to move.

 

Often when you are struggling you get too fixated on making the correct mechanical moves in the swing. Spieth struggled with this as well. He said he was try to make the perfect putting stroke every time. Too mechanical. Too inwardly focused. Then he said he just got out there and started thinking about the hole and guess what - his putting improved.

 

Clement has a fun drill... Pick a target and throw your club at it using a golf swing. Literally try to throw and hit a target with a club. If you video your hurls, I bet you have great positions through "impact" because your brain knows how to coordinate your body to throw an object. Think about the target.

 

edit* - not sure the throwing club drill is unique to Clement.

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My advice would be to relax and play your own game. Golf is one of the few sports where what anyone else does is irrelevant - it's simply you against the course. Nobody else can affect your score - only you can control the outcome.

With that in mind, play to your strengths but under no circumstances try to hit any shot that is out of your comfort zone. That means play to your known yardages, your preferred shot shape and trajectory.

Once you find out it is a lot easier to play inside your comfort zone rather than trying too hard to reach a level that has you leaking shots, missing fairways and costing you unnecessary strokes, you will probably find your scoring will be a lot better as a result.

A simple thought process is all that is needed - know your game and be yourself.

Awesome advice

 

 

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This is what most golfers do stick to your game and you'll be OK.IMG_2407.PNG

 

 

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Lots of great insight and thoughts- I would like to offer one more- I am a simple kind of golfer- and when I acknowledge this one truth it really really helps me.  That is "THE ONLY SHOT THAT COUNTS IS THE ONE YOU ARE ABOUT TO MAKE"  Forget about the missed green, forget about the pull hook off the last tee box- those shots are in the books.  Forget about the next hole, or that creek on 17... none of that matters- just  keep it to the shot you are about to make, and do the best you can do on that shot, then accept it and move on.

 

Sure, harder to do than to say, but for what it is worth... Good luck to you!!

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Lots of great insight and thoughts- I would like to offer one more- I am a simple kind of golfer- and when I acknowledge this one truth it really really helps me. That is "THE ONLY SHOT THAT COUNTS IS THE ONE YOU ARE ABOUT TO MAKE" Forget about the missed green, forget about the pull hook off the last tee box- those shots are in the books. Forget about the next hole, or that creek on 17... none of that matters- just keep it to the shot you are about to make, and do the best you can do on that shot, then accept it and move on.

 

Sure, harder to do than to say, but for what it is worth... Good luck to you!!

Be like great baseball relief pitchers "they must have short memories", gotta forget the bad ones.
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Lots of great insight and thoughts- I would like to offer one more- I am a simple kind of golfer- and when I acknowledge this one truth it really really helps me.  That is "THE ONLY SHOT THAT COUNTS IS THE ONE YOU ARE ABOUT TO MAKE"  Forget about the missed green, forget about the pull hook off the last tee box- those shots are in the books.  Forget about the next hole, or that creek on 17... none of that matters- just  keep it to the shot you are about to make, and do the best you can do on that shot, then accept it and move on.

 

Sure, harder to do than to say, but for what it is worth... Good luck to you!!

 

This is good advice.

 

Another way to look at it - especially when you feel like your game has vanished - is to go out and say you are going to make 10 bad shots. Could be 15 or even 30. But understand that bad shots are going to happen.

 

When they do happen you say, ok, that was a bad shot and I was expecting to have  some of those. It will take the pressure off you and then you can play a game where you reduce the number of bad shots each round.

 

You can try the same thing with 

X number of great shots

X number of ok shots

 

The great shots tally lets you acknowledge that you can actually make good swings and execute. You may still be a hack, but you are a hack with potential.  :)

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.......

You may still be a hack, but you are a hack with potential. :)

........

 

That's me!

(Or at least I like to tell myself that I have potential!)

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Thinking is my biggest issue, when I think, the game goes away, when I say thinking, I mean, thoughts running through my head, don't do this, don't do that, use this club, or that club, it's 140, 7 yards uphill, it's a 9 iron, but for some idiotic reason I talk myself into hitting PW, which comes up 6 yards short every time, to quote Major league 2 I think "too many mind". Stop thinking.

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Thinking is my biggest issue, when I think, the game goes away, when I say thinking, I mean, thoughts running through my head, don't do this, don't do that, use this club, or that club, it's 140, 7 yards uphill, it's a 9 iron, but for some idiotic reason I talk myself into hitting PW, which comes up 6 yards short every time, to quote Major league 2 I think "too many mind". Stop thinking.

Your not alone Grasshopper

We all do it.

 

 

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Did they pay more to play than you did? Is their time more valuable than yours? Trevino said you have to be selfish on the golf course. You seem like a really nice guy. You shouldn't take an apologetic attitude to the course. Don't worry about their approval unless you're trying to date one of them.

 

 

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U got it right.

 

 

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Golf is 20 percent talent and 80 percent management. ~ Ben Hogan

 

Play to your strengths and talent level and you'll score better.

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