If you are a student of mindfulness or practice it is an important feature of mindfulness of being in the moment in a non-judgemental fashion. In fact each shot you take is in the moment and after that shot that moment is gone. What sense is there in beating yourself up over some terrible past moments. Past moments are done and they can never be repeated. Focus on the present and enjoy the wonderful foliage or the cold beer you are drinking. There is nothing wrong in a cool-headed fashion trying to dissect what went wrong and trying to fix it so it does not happen again.
I encounter many upset and angry golfers so wrapped up about bad shots they are clouded about the next shot. I explain the importance of being in the present moment and remarkably they say I never really thought about that. Thanks!
So I view my job not as solely being a quasi authoritarian figure but an enabler to overcome pain and self criticism and therefor to focus on the upcoming present moment.
Now part of forgetting about that last bad shot or series of last bad shots is to accept them as having happened perhaps with some humour or if needed some self compassion. If you analyze the game of golf it seems simplistic. Just keeping the ball straight. However, if you could only do this seemingly simple task you’d be part of the PGA or LPGA. So realize and accept you are not a professional golfer and when things go bad accept them and move on. You can’t change the shot that has happened. Keep on getting fussed you’ll be a dog chasing its tail instead of swaggering on a straight path!
Perhaps in a perfect world you need me as “Golf Cart Buddha”. Before the game in our cart we do 5 minutes of yoga. Then 5 minutes of stretching yoga and finish off with a 5-minute meditation to calm the mind and body. I then play 18 with you and make mindfulness curative observations. Stay tuned. Coming next year.
There is no need to toss your golf clubs in the pond!