by Michael Riggs
I work with talented amateur and professional golfers on a daily basis, helping each to think and play more effectively. They come to me for a variety of reasons: to improve their confidence, to better their tournament mindset, to learn to “get in the present”, to move from a great practice player to a skilled competitor, to reduce their competitive anxiety, or to learn to recover and stay mentally focused after a poor hole. Their reasons are many and varied. Each player is different. Yet, in one way they are all the same – each desires to find their playing potential. Each wishes to wrap his mind around this game of golf and play like they know they can.
One key to becoming a better player lies in the word “play.” The difference between “playing” to ones’ potential and “thinking” to ones’ potential is significant. Too many players turn the game into a chess match that, they believe, requires analysis that would impress Einstein. These players should learn that analysis is completed at the practice range and during the practice round. When it is time to play – and play well – it is just that, time to play.
To improve their scores, and to enhance their enjoyment of the game, (6 hour rounds aren’t much fun)
I coach all my players to get in a more playful mindset and improve their ability to get ready, take aim, and fire. You, too, may benefit from learning to take less time analyzing each shot and swing, running through the myriad consequences and just trust yourself, pick a target and hit the ball.
On the course, learn to make quicker decisions and trust yourself. Then, just aim and fire.
In Another’s Words…
“Be quick, but never rush.” – John Wooden