Yes coach its been six weeks. And the good news is that I’ve been playing a lot better thanks to you.”
“I’m sorry Sally, but I can’t take the credit for your good play, it was all because of you.”
“Well, I’ll agree to disagree with you on that one coach. Suffice to say I’m surprised because it’s the best I’ve played for a long time. I made the cut in my last four tournaments, and I finished in the top 10 twice.”
“You shouldn’t be surprised that you can play like that Sally because you have played well and won in the past, so why not again?”
“I don’t know coach, I guess I was surprised because with all the struggle, I’ve been used to people prodding and critiquing my swing—especially when I didn’t play good. It’s what I got used to.
“Sure Sally, you had become very good at telling a particular story to yourself, and anyone else who would listen about a golfer named Sally who has struggled for a long time with her game. So how was that going for you?...”
“Well, not good.”
“That’s right, you got really good at learning how to not play very well. You also got good at learning how to sabotage any success that potentially could happen to you Sally.
“Hi grandpa how are you?”
“Mark! how are you buddy, what are you doing out here today? Where’s your mother?” “Mum dropped me off and will pick me up at 4pm. Grandpa I wanted to see you and ask you some questions for a school project for Career Week.”
“Really, what can I help you with?”
“Well, you’ve been teaching golfers here at the club for a very long time, and I have to ask a family member some questions about their job or career, and you were the first person I thought of.”
“Wow Mark, I feel privileged that you would think of me first.”
“Yeah, all our family have ‘normal’ jobs Grandpa, but you have a strange job compared to them. Actually, I don’t know anyone else who does what you do.
So I thought you could help me with my questions, as I want to do something different to the rest of my class.”
“Well, I’d be more than happy to help you to understand my “strange job” haha. I’ve got one more lesson to do, and then I can sit down with you to discuss your questions. Why don’t you sit in on this lesson, maybe it will help you with some of your questions.”
“Ok, that’s a great idea.”
“Go sit over there next to my computer.”
Golf is a tough game to learn and play well. To become a successful amateur or professional golfer, you will need to develop your mental and physical skills so that the outcome will be a consistent score average that is lower than 80 percent of the golfers you compete against most of the time.
And one of the consistent challenges that you will face as you develop your skills and confidence, is the managing of your emotions along the way to a lower golf score average.
Your emotional state can significantly influence the quality of your golf shots and your golf score, and also influence your future performances depending on how you manage them.
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Have You Ever Had Someone Say to You That You Should Make a Change to Your Golf Swing Technique?
Have you been playing poorly for an extended period of time? Are you at your wits end with your sub-standard performances on the golf course?
Logically you may be thinking that if you change the way you swing the golf club it will improve your performances leading to lower golf scores and a happy and fulfilled golfing life.