Golf and Your Mental Game: Wasting Your Experience by Being Judgemental

Play 50 rounds of golf in a season, Marshall 8 hours a week in a seven-month season and then suffer through a rotten winter and you may gain a valuable insight. That past season and all those games were in the past and what did all the fretting and continually judging yourself accomplish? Most likely nothing but pain in the past which today means nothing. The more you heap value judgements on your game the more mental energy you waste and steal from being in the present moment. Isn’t it preferable to let those judgements stop commandeering your game and be in the game? If you are continually evaluating and judging good and bad you in effect lose your mind to judging instead of playing golf.  Golf is a beautiful game and you are simply wasting your energy by judging each shot as good or bad creating a vast data bank of comparisons from last year, the last round and the round you are playing. You have made the shot. The shot is done. Isn’t it rather fruitless punishing yourself or patting yourself on the back for a shot of the past? Continual self judgement is toxic in that it prevents you from seeing things as they are and mobilizing your true potential. Put in simple terms your mental energy should be spent on thinking about your next shot and not wasting it on the past.

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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