This golf season working as a Marshall I saw quite a lot of reactivity to bad shots. Often it sets in before the ball has landed because the golfer knows trouble almost immediately after making contact with the ball the shot is a bad one.
I wonder if we can step back and say something revolutionary for a golfer’s mind. That is that there are no bad shots just shots? Errant balls are simply part of the game so is it correct to say before exploding in anger and frustration just view it neutrally as a shot in a series of shots? Or put another way instead of an emotional explosion realize that good and bad shots are simply part of the game. Hard to take this philosophy because golf is a passionate game for many!
Another approach to avoid reactivity to that less-than-ideal shot is simply to stop and take a moment to calmly ponder the shot just made and your reaction to it. Self analysis of your body and breath reaction. Then simply take note of it. Where does a strong negative reaction get you? Nowhere too pleasant. Wouldn’t it be preferable to respond to that shot and calmly determine what could have gone wrong and can that mistake be avoided next shot or playing the shot from the same position in a future round?