Here’s a piece I came across that inspired a cartoon.(Please excuse me as I have misplaced the site that I got it from – it was a couple of years ago!)
For instance, lets say your chip onto the green wasn’t at all what you had hoped for, and instead you have a very difficult long putt to make for par instead. Rather than rueing the bad chip shot which most people do, you instead project forward to the next shot, and mentally repeat an affirmation such as “perfect putt, perfect putt, perfect putt…” , over, and over, and over again in your mind while your partner is hitting his shot.
So whenever you hit a bad shot or feel a negative pattern developing, interrupt it with a string of positive affirmations, repeated over and over again until the negative thought has been vanquished forever. Ensure that you never allow negative thoughts to take a hold of your thinking on the course again
The second round the next day I made sure that I was focusing my energy in seeing the golf ball go into the hole. And sure enough, the next day I shot 71. I had 27 putts and missed six other ones. The funny thing about all this is that once I focused my energy on getting the ball in the hole it was amazing how my swing fell into place.
I dealt with bad ball striking by focusing my attention on getting the golf ball in the hole, no matter what.
I can do this.
I can achieve my goals.
I am completely in control of my game.
I will create positive energy around me.
My apologies for this post – I aim to give you motivational cartoons but I just loved this article by Matt Canham, I could have drawn cartoons for each of the 20 reasons – but here’s a few!
With carpet like fairways, majestic trees, manicured greens, and fluffy sand bunkers, the game of golf brings out feelings of tranquility, harmony, respect and tradition.
As a game once described by Winston Churchill as being “a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose,” it also brings out swearing, frustration, increased blood pressure and shame.
For most of us, in spite of a life time of dedication to the golf range, the golf course, the golf channel and the assortment of golf magaines and gurus, we will still suck at it.
Here are the top 20 reasons why you also suck at golf.
1. You only ever hit a range ball on any hole with a water hazard.
2. You’re used to hearing muffled laughter after teeing off on the 1st with people watching.
3. Your drives rarely pass the red ladies markers.
4. You think an 8 is a really good score.
5. You regularly need to repair divots after putting.
6. You still have a bright yellow or orange Top Flight golf ball in your bag.
7. You still have a pink lady golf ball in your bag.
8. You need to use your sand bucket to replace the hole you left in the bunker.
9. You have golf balls in your bag with red stripes on them.
10. You have a “magic pencil.”
11. You searched for “Charles Barkley Golf swing” to get some tips.
12. You go to Yahoo answers to ask for golf swing advice.
13. You consider hitting the neighboring fairway to be a good thing.
14. You can accurately guess the age of a tree by the sound your ball makes hitting it.
15. Your score is higher than weight.
16. Your handicap and your score for 9 holes are roughly the same.
17. Your last name is Mulligan.
18. The temperature is the only thing about your score that will ever be in the 70s.
19. Your story of loss at the water hazard involves an entire set of golf clubs.
20. All the caddies scurry back into the caddyshack and hide when you arrive.
If any of these 20 reasons resonate, well then it’s official — you suck at golf.
Matt Canham may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view more of their articles.
Matt Canham has been playing golf since the age of 7, has Caddied for Pros and worked for many years with his late Father, Australian PGA Member and Teaching Pro, Peter Canham. He has written 2 ebooks on golf and offers a free ebook titled “Introduction to Golf” at http://marinerblue.com/golf-improvement.html
For years I wanted to start playing golf, but always thought that it would take up too much time to become any good at it. (If I do something I want to do it well!) Anyway, with squash and football/soccer getting a bit much for me at my age I’ve decided to take the plunge and start having lessons – which I’m finding very challenging. In the meantime I’ve been commissioned to illustrate some ‘golf confidence’ articles.(Is this a coincidence or what!?)
Here’s the first one I’ve illustrated for Gail Smirthwaite at http://www.confidencecaddie.com that appeared in Lady Golfer as a series of articles….
This month we are going to take a look at how goals create the ‘motivation’ in your life and how setting a goal BEFORE you go out and play golf will greatly impact on the results you will achieve.
In ‘The 7 Secrets of a Highly Successful Golfer’ every ‘secret’ helps to create awareness on how very important the role ‘good self-esteem’ plays in becoming a consistently confident person on and off the golf course. Motivation is very important to this process …how many times has your little voice said, ‘I always get to the fifteenth hole and feel really tired’, or ‘I just can’t seem to get motivated about anything especially my golf!’ – I am sure you can add to these?
In order for you to create the game of golf you would like to play, or indeed the life you would like to lead, you need to set goals; then fulfill your commitments to these goals and change the habits you have created that are stopping you from achieving what you really want to.
NB: Goals are dreams with a date attached!
I often ask the following question when I do a talk on this subject – ‘How many of you have set yourself the goal of lowering your handicap this year?’ Guess how many people in the audience put their hands up – yes nearly everyone?
Then I ask the next two questions; whether they had a similar goal the year before and how many actually achieved it. Again, many hands go up for the first part of the question but for the second part pretty much EVERY hand stays down.
Making goals is a peculiar emotional process that we humans engage in on a regular basis, however, what we tend to do is make the goal in our heads and then expect them to happen – we do nothing to change the habits that are preventing us from achieving them or create an achievable plan to get us there.
Einstein stated that the definition of insanity is ‘to keep doing what you have always done and expect a different result!’ How many of us are guilty of that one?
More importantly as the months go by and you have not achieved what you thought you would it serves as another nail in your coffin to lower your self-esteem. It allows that negative self-talk to kick in and tell you what a failure you are again!
Before you set your goals and work towards achieving them it is important to understand how your values and beliefs play such an important role in this process. No goal you make will truly give you proper fulfillment if it is not in line with what you value (Secret 2).
We are back to this word ‘desire’; you must really, truly desire the changes that you are looking for when you set yourself a goal. Let’s take the value of ‘success’, for instance, if this value means to you playing consistently well and taking your handicap down by two this season, then by thinking and believing it and by living it in every moment, you are more likely to succeed. REMEMBER you become what you think about most of the time!
NB: Also remember when setting goals they need to be yours, not other peoples or what you think you should be doing because those around you say so.
Often amateur golfers will come to me because they are not enjoying their game of golf anymore and cannot understand why. It sometimes turns out to be because they are putting unnecessary pressure on themselves because they have created a belief (Secret 3) that they should be playing golf to a certain standard. What they have often bought into is someone else’s values; someone else’s beliefs. This is why it is so IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND YOURSELF – to help create a real sense of self worth and inner confidence so that you can ENJOY the hobby the way you want to – not the way someone else believes you should!
So before you set about defining your GOALS make sure that they are in-line with YOUR VALUES otherwise you will set yourself up to fail again. To work further on your values and your goals download the relevant Work Books from the website www.playgreatgolf.co.uk and work through the exercises to establish your eight core values and their order of importance to you before setting your goals.
As I’m just learning to play golf this quote really gave me a laugh!
It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course._-Hank Aaron, baseball
One thing about me – I always dress well. I look the part of a golfer!
I’ve just started learning to play golf and the first time on the first tee caused a few nerves. So when I got back home I did a search on Google – one thing lead to another and I ended up at
Then I came across my solution…
If you’ve golfed competitively you’ve no doubt felt nerves affect your game. When I say competitively I don’t just mean competing on a professional or mini-tour. If you have a $5 bet with a colleague or friend it’s still competitive! Whether you’re a 27 handicap or scratch you are likely to feel at least some nerves during your round.
The Nervous Golfer cartoon
For many people it doesn’t even have to involve competiton at all. Just stepping to the first tee can cause a serious case of nerves. Maybe it’s when you must make a put to tie a hole or to win on the 18th green. If you’re standing on the 17th hole in a match and you’re 1 down then you have to deliver. Period. If you can’t channel your nerves you had better hope that swing you’ve been grooving for the past 6 months holds up now!
Regardless of skill level and/or on course scenario there will be times when you’ll require some way to calm your nerves so they don’t adversely affect your stroke/swing.
Have you made any conscious attempts to reduce your experience of nerves in your game? What did you try? What have been your results? Did they work and if so was it immediate? Or did you, like most every golfer alive, simply fill your head full of self talk saying things like, “ok, calm down. Just breathe…there’s nothing to be nervous about…hey, maybe he’ll miss his putt….yeah…miss-miss-miss!…”
Does this sound familiar?! Have you noticed that this doesn’t really do all that much to reduce your nervousness? Unless of course your playing partner does miss the putt!
Seriously though, you must have a means of noticing the onset of nerves and a method for not only calming them but using them to your advantage. How does that sound?
While I can’t go into detail on how to transform nerves into actually playing your best golf under pressure I will provide a few excellent methods you can use right away. They will improve your performance.
Breath is a very powerful state enhancer. What I mean is that your breathing provides deep physiological links to your internal states. So when you’re nervous the last thing you want to do is take short, shallow breaths. Quick breaths actually instruct the brain to respond in a “fight or flight” manner. The brain is hardwired to respond to fast breathing by being on the lookout for an emergency. Not the most effective place from which to make a smooth putting stroke on that 10 footer for par now is it?!
1) While waiting for your turn to hit stand aside and follow this breathing pattern:
Inhale – 4 counts
Hold – 5 counts
Exhale – 6 counts
Deep Breathing to calm your nerves!
Long, deep, slow breaths. This process interupts the breath influenced aspect of your state and directly instructs the brain to become still. Another adverse affect of nerves is a noticeable loss of feel in your hands. Sometimes you may even wonder if you’re even holding the club!
2) Simply hold a golf ball in your hands. Now squeeze it gently and hold for a few seconds. Then release. Then squeeze once again but this time do so very firmly and hold for a couple seconds then release. Roll the ball around in your hand and make a note of how the dimples feel.
Repeat this sequence 2 or 3 times and you will immediately increase the feel in your hands. Nervousness and shallow breathing directs extra blood to the brain, diverting it from your extremities. By doing applying this simple technique blood will flow back into your hands and improve your feel.
These 2 exercises work quickly. Self talk alone can’t compete with the psycho-physiological intensity of nervousness.
What if there was a way to transform nervousness into a calm, inner confidence? To actually have the onset of nerves “trigger” an inner calm. How powerful would that be in improving your performance? I can show you how to achieve this.
Wade Pearse is a Peak Performance Coach who spent 7 years applying the most advanced mental game strategies in golf with his clients and in his own game with phenomenal results. Visit his website. It’s 100% focused on developing the inner game of golf.
Keeping you on target!
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Wade Pearse may be contacted at http://www.golf-mental-game-coach.com
Wade Pearse is a Mental Game Golf Coach who teaches the most advanced mental game strategies in golf. Visit his website today. It is 100% focused on developing your inner game.