Golf and Your Mental Game: Golf Can Be Like Being Caught in a Traffic Jam!

Yes we have all been caught in a traffic jam. It can be a hopeless and frustrating situation as you can’t control the traffic flow. Again it is along the lines of react vs. respond. I realized this a few years ago returning home after a long week at work. How could I have chosen to return home along Church Street on a Friday before the Gay Pride Parade when the parade would be rolling down Church Street! It’s going to take me two hours extra to get back home! How stupid could I be! What a bad choice! Then my newly minted mindfulness training got hold of me and I realized I was reacting over something I had no control over. Perhaps I should just let unpleasant moments be what they are, unpleasant moments-no less no more. Isn’t it better to respond than smearing negative reactions all over you? By responding you realize you are caught in a bad situation then respond by thinking if you can escape that situation. Luckily I became creative and knowing the area well took a detour that landed me 20 minutes away from my destination but in the end beat the time I would have been stuck in traffic.

So, golf is a bit like being caught in a traffic jam as getting too caught up in a bad shot or a bad game and reacting to it accomplishes little but more suffering. It could be your skill level is what it is and you are caught up in the traffic jam of golf. Can you escape it by changing your technicals or do you simply stew in your negativity. I suppose that is your choice!

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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