Swing Thoughts is created to help
players seeking greater levels of success and
satisfaction (S²) in their games by offering
fresh and entertaining perspectives into the
mental side of golf.
We all remember our third grade teacher
telling us about the three tenses of verbs;
past, present, and future. What Mrs. Carlsile
left out, though, was to play golf effectively
(and live life, for that matter) there is only
one tense that matters.
Everything that has happened on the golf
course up to the shot at hand is in the past.
Overly simple, right? Wrong. I have yet to
work with a player (over 2,500 and counting)
that isn’t challenged by the proposition of
letting the past be the past and not letting
thoughts and emotions from past shots bleed
into the current shot. Whether the previous
shot was a pure 7 iron to two feet or a driver
that sliced into the drink; each shot is over
and done and must be left behind. Bringing the
frustration of a mishit or the elation of a
great shot into the current shot process will
most certainly pull your mind off of the job at
You are six over with three holes to go,
your best round ever is staring you right in
the face -- as long as you don’t blow up and
bogey your way in. Ooops, there is that ever
magnetic future tense pulling you away from the
here and now. As a result, your mind shifts
from the details of the current shot onto the
fears or aspirations of the next shot. The
game cannot be played effectively in the
One hundred and fifty five yards out,
slight wind at your back, perfect lie in the
middle of the fairway, firing at a back right
pin with no real trouble back or right of the
green. It’s time to go at the stick with a
solid 8 iron. High and stop.
This is present tense thinking. Regardless
of the shot that got you to this point or the
birdie putt that will follow this shot, the
only shot that matters is this 8 iron.
Target. Solid swing.
One of the most elusive pieces of the mental
game puzzle is the need to “get now and stay
now”. Learn to let go of the past – good or
bad. Practice disregarding the future – good
or bad. Develop the ability to lock in on the
now – good, no bad.
Thanks, Mrs. Carlisle.
TipBefore every shot, tell
yourself that this shot is the only one that
In Another's Word
..."Don't let yesterday take up
too much of today."-- Will Rogers, humorist
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