This is a difficult question to answer. After much thought and personal experience with mindfulness on the golf course my answer is that it most likely will not improve the mechanics of the game but it most likely will increase the pleasure of your golfing experience.
It might strike you as a revelation as it did me playing my last game for the season pre COVID era. It was a miserable game. Everything was going wrong. Finally on the 13th hole I thought just forget the misery, anger and frustration growing inside me. You are on the golf course on a beautiful day. Every shot is a new shot and forget the previous holes. I figured I was going to hit over a hundred so what did I have to lose. Well I lost the bad game and started playing quite well including making an impossible shot on the 18th hole in a sand trap over the trees and three feet from the hole. In for a birdie.
As I was driving home from the course I thought of the many times I had driven home in an angry mood disappointed with my game. It usually faded after I returned home but that anger and frustration was a real and a negative force.
This year I have given mindfulness a serious trial on the golf course. I have accepted my golf game for what it is. I am stuck in a range for my score from a 77-99 for 18 holes and there is not much I can do about that. I still get frustrated and angry but not always and if I do it doesn’t last for that long. In fact I get more frustrated about my attitude now than I do at my game.
Does it go the identical way for the beautiful shots which occasionally amateur golfers do experience? But if you exhilarate with a bad shot you can lapse into mental deterioration. There is that possible little defect in golf mindfulness. So you can down your exhilaration or learn to completely be in the moment and realize that fantastic shot was a previous shot lost in the past. Heavy duty discipline.
We will discuss some mindfulness hacks so you can try them out next year. As a parting thought mindfulness most likely will not improve your score but it will improve how you feel mentally about your game and of course if you are feeling mentally good it is possible your score will improve but I would say at the end of the day it’s like “Groundhog Day” as you are stuck in a range game after game!