Golf and Your Mental Game; Accepting Pain and Distress

In my own experience as a golfer and as a golf Marshall particularly I see a fair deal of pain and distress amongst golfers which eats away at concentration and ultimate joy of the game. I see now very clearly how pain and distress gnaws away at enjoyment. It can go so deep as to create self-loathing. As I say the last shot is in the past. If you can adopt that attitude that you can’t change that shot you are practicing acceptance. I am not sure if it will improve the technical in your game but hopefully it will improve your enjoyment of your golf game. You might want to call this “living in the moment”.

Pain and distress are part of life and they can’t be entirely removed or avoided. A person who can’t accept this will find themselves in more pain and suffering. Learning how to accept distress, anger and pain is not simply a golfing skill but a life skill.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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