How man times have we hit a tee shot out of bounds and creamed the second one down the middle of the fairway. Or how about missing a 5 footer and then trying it again and making it. Why does this happen? It happens because we remove ourselves from the outcome and hit the shot or putt without any thoughts going through our head because the consequences of hitting a poor shot don’t matter anymore. After hitting a shot out of bounds, you’re hitting 3 off the tee and will make a bogey at best of the hole. It’s almost like giving up and just hitting the shot without any fear. This is why you should all read FEARLESS GOLF by Dr. Gio Valiante.
Mental game guru Bob Rotella has always talked about trying to make a shot or putt but the key is not to try to hard. Trying to hard will put too much pressure on yourself to succeed. This pressure causes your mind to think far too much and if you talk to better players and ask them what they think about when playing well, they reply with nothing! That’s right, NOTHING!
Next time your playing bad or are going through a tough set of holes, remove the pressure from yourself and trick your mind into thinking that you have already hit a poor shot. If your afraid of a negative outcome or shot on a hole, you will NOT make a good swing and hit a poor shot 90% of the time.
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