Archive: August, 2013

If your golf ball doesn’t care, neither should you.

I’ve spent the last few months working a lot more in the coaching realm, as opposed to general golf instruction. Many students, friends and fellow PGA of Canada professionals are curious to what I think about the mental game of golf, and especially how to improve the mental game. I’ve also noticed how so many players of all skill levels, are constantly looking for the cause and effect pattern. If I think this, the ball does this. If I lift these weights, the ball should go further. I warmed up well and hit balls before the round, so I should play well to start. I got a new driver. I got a belly putter.

However, one daunting truth remains. At the moment of impact, all the golf ball cares about is what information the club is passing along. Nothing else.

Every day I hear hundreds of reasons for poor play, or the expectation for better play. All of them are valid things that may or may not improve your chances to perform a golf shot better. I agree. That’s a part of my job, to educate and train my players to improve their skill and decision making on the golf course. Regardless, your golf ball doesn’t care. It’s a part of why I love golf so much, nothing else matters. Not confident? I don’t care perform anyways. Rental clubs? So what. Sore ankle? Don’t care.

I digress..

When a tournament starts, I believe that nothing matters except the shot, in that moment. The golf ball doesn’t care about anything else, so why should you? All of the millions and billions of possible events, emotions, factors that could be in play, really don’t matter. For example, it doesn’t matter if it started raining; you’re two down in a match; four up in a match; the wind is swirling; your back is sore; your feet are soaking wet; you’re hungry; you’re thirsty and so on and so forth. All of those things (and millions more) may or affect your mental, emotional and physical bodies. Your golf ball? It still doesn’t care one bit.

You can pay attention to these things, or you can pay attention to the shot at hand. The choice is yours.

Pyper Power Pro Am

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Cheers friends,