Patience is a virtue. Because of the pace of golf, the stopping and starting
in a round, and the general slooooowwww motion of the game, it is imperative
that players learn the merit of this virtue. Of course, learning patience will
require some patience.
Let’s face it, we live in a “here and now” culture. Our computers cannot
compute quickly enough, our microwave ovens are too slow in their microwaving,
in the winter our cars don’t heat up fast enough, and so on, and so on… Use
yourself as a guinea pig and test how often you become frustrated because of the
lack of speed of something. If my suspicions are correct, you will notice a lack
of patience in yourself around every corner.
How do you handle your lack of patience within the construct of your game? Do
you need to correct that banana slice yesterday, and when you don’t you blame it
on the driver, and get a new one? Do you mishit approach shots, and then succeed
in rationalizing the error as the result of having to wait so long for the group
in front of you to clear the green? Do you take a lesson and expect your
accuracy to improve dramatically by the end of the thirty-minute session? You
are not alone.
Being able to recognize a lack of patience is a key step toward improving
your nature. When you find yourself becoming impatient on, at, near, or away
from the course, use that recognition as an opportunity to learn to allow the
stimulus to exist, but adjust your attitude so that it does not “bother” you.
Find little things that you can do during your day that require that you slow
down and wait. Try not to let a traffic jam in the hallway get you down. Allow
yourself to not completely understand that difficult math problem the first
time, knowing that you will keep trying and will eventually get it. Don’t switch
lines at the bank or grocery store trying to shave two minutes. If you are
working on your bunker or wedge play, take pride in your consistent, steady
TipBecome more patient with your improvement… it will come with
Hats off to the Mark Haddad, Director of the PGA Tour
Academies, on his progressive thinking and including ONE Way Golf mental fitness training in the Jr. Golf
Camps at the Cantigny Golf Academy. The feedback
form the campers and Cantigny Director of Instruction, Connie DeMattia, was all positive and the future of
mental fitness training at the PGA Tour Academy Camps looks excellent!
In Another's Word
...“It’s takes a lot of work and patience to develop a natural
swing.” — Gary Player
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