Have you been playing poorly for months? Maybe you are just too focused on your score and not focused on just playing the game. Golf is hard and sometimes not very forgiving. Okay, so most of the time it isn’t forgiving for most of us.
Did you decide to take a few lessons in hopes that you will go out and get those birdies that have been eluding you? Or did you decide not to take lessons because you were concerned that your game would change for the worse while you learn to implement what your golf instructor told or showed you what to do.
Or are you like my sister who bought the Square Club two years ago and has never used it. She plays in a women’s league and she is afraid that if she uses this new club around the greens without practicing a great deal, her chipping game will be affected and her score might go up. And of course, if you don’t use a new club it stands to reason that you probably won’t get use to the club or play well during league play.
Or even like me. My husband and I were in an antique shop and found a fringe putter which of course my husband thought would be great for me. It sat in the garage just waiting for me to try it out. It finally made its way into my bag and I still didn’t use it for months. Then at the advice of my husband, I started trying it out. I had never practiced with it and so it didn’t go well. And of course, I blamed him for my ugly score.
We can go further and talk about the new balls or tees that guarantee to increase our yardage off the tee. Or one of the many training aids that promises us a better swing and score. Or even that new driver.
Why not just put down the score card for a while? My sister is taking a break from the league, is not scoring, and is using that Square Club. Me, I am going to use that fringe putter and see where it leads me. And no, I am not going to write down my score.
Try it. Put away the score card and just focus on your game and making better shots. If you stop worrying about what you scored on each hole, your golf game might just improve. Think about the next shot and after a bad shot, leave it behind. You can’t leave bad holes behind when you are constantly worried about your score.
Arnold Palmer said it best: “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer