There’s no doubt that if you could better manage or even eliminate some of these distractions, your golf would be much better and you’d be having a lot more fun right?
When you think about it there are three possible solutions; one is giving up golf and taking up another sport (an aweful idea), the second is to keep doing what you’re doing (another aweful idea), and the third one is to learn some simple effective mental strategies to eliminate the problem.
Have you noticed that the things that you do easily and well require very little thought and effort? Why should hitting a putt that is only three feet from the cup be such a problem? The length of the stroke is literally only inches long and yet for many golfers it’s more difficult to perform than hitting a drive from the tee box.
"You will notice that when you change the structure of your experience you change how you represent it to yourself."
If the problem is represented as a negative feeling in your body, how would you describe the feeling? If it’s strong in intensity, reduce the intensity by moving it away from you. If the problem is represented visually, how do you see it? Is it dark, gloomy, black and white, and small or is it large, bright and overwhelming? Alter its structure to change how you experience it.