Golf and Your Mental Game: Observe

So you have a great shot on the 18th. On a par 4 your first shot is at the edge of the cart path. A great pitch over the creek three feet from the pin. Or perhaps your second shot hit the pin and dropped in for an eagle. Boy you are IN THE MOMENT enjoying yourself. You have got the right stuff! STOP and observe your mind. It is focused on the moment which you can savour. Are you really thinking about anything else other than joy of a great shot and being in the present moment? Think about it. You are not ruminating about all the bad shots you previously executed. The next time that great shot happens, and we know it will, take a moment and OBSERVE how your mind is working.

Now assume that second shot is a flub and despite being 40 yards from the green you chunk it and its in the creek. Or you have overdone it and it sails over the flag into a sand trap behind the green. If you proceed mindfully yes you made a bad shot but observe your tendency to mix up that bad shot with a series of bad shots for the round. Shots that are in the past but your mind may latch onto that bad shot before and create a negative chain. You are out of the moment and judging yourself not only on that bad shot but a series of bad shots. You leave the course in a bad and perhaps angry mood. How many bad shots end up by the golfer throwing a club into the creek! But if you and your past shot just stay in the moment you have only one bad memory to deal with which is better than linking it to a chain of bad memories. And if you want to leave the course saying you did your best and enjoyed the scenery and conversation best to leave the bad memories behind.

So what approach makes you feel better? Observe and find out! And act upon it the next time you are teeing up on the first!

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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