Swing Thoughts is created to help
players seeking greater levels of success and
satisfaction (S˛) in their games by offering
fresh and entertaining perspectives into the
mental side of golf.
Tell me if this sounds familiar…
The round is over and you are driving home
unconsciously replaying the missed five foot
putt for birdie, or the duck hook that found
the center of the pond, or the simple chip shot
that carried all but eight inches, or… and,
with each painful replay you find yourself
shaking your head back and forth, ever so
gently, wondering what went wrong.
The truth, first and foremost, is that your
concept of the game is wrong.
You believe that golf is a game of hitting
perfect drives, chips, and making perfect
putts. You believe that deep down inside you is
a scratch player that effortlessly moves his
ball from point A to point B to point C and
gently rolls it into a hole cut in the grass at
point D. You believe that you should complete
this simple sequence eighteen times with each
round followed by a predictable totaling of
your card – followed with a cheeky grin.
There is a more fundamental truth, however,
that you must grasp if you are to move toward a
greater sense of satisfaction within the game
and greater success (S˛) on the course.
Golf is a game of mistake management. If you
look at the best players in the world, from
this era and last, including ladies, men, and
seniors, you will find that the game is
actually a series of off target shots followed
by attempts of recovery followed by more off
target shots. Sure, an occasional perfect shot
magically appears where the ball does exactly
what it is supposed to do and lands exactly
where it was instructed to go, but the vast
majority of golf swings result in error.
Once a player earnestly adopts this simple
philosophy, the game changes and the player
begins his transformation. His emphasis shifts
from destination to route, and from perfection
to excellence. He accepts fallibility and
embraces the opportunity to play the game.
Now, the ultimate question emerges -- How
are you going to handle your mistakes? Will you
blame and accuse? Will you become angry and
frustrated? Will you quit and desert? Or, will
you take the correct road and recognize each
shot for what it is and give it another try?
Make no mistake - golf is a game of
TipConsider each shot as an
opportunity to prove your ability to recover –
a chance to stay calm and focused on making the
next shot a perfect one.
In Another's Word
..."Constant effort and frequent
mistakes are the stepping stones to genius."
– Elbert Hubbard, American Writer
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