(MARANA, AZ) When you wake up in the morning do you know if today will be the best day or worst day of your life? Is it really true that you can roll out of the wrong side of the bed? When things are going your way, doesn’t it feel like nothing can stop you?
Trust me, I’m not trying to become the next Dr. Phil with this article. Instead I’m addressing how our minds can alter our entire golf game, the same way it affects our
daily life. We have all had the ‘rough morning’ on a day we planned to play golf. While we drive to the golf course it seems as if every light is turning red just before we get to the intersection. When we check in at the golf shop there is a line of customers and we are running late to the first tee. The group in front of us seems to take 30 minutes to play the first hole. At this point you should just put your clubs back in your car and head back to work for the day. Sad thought isn’t it?? We did not even hit our first tee shot and it is clear that any bird chirping or noise that we hear from 300 yards away will be the excuse for the next bad swing we are about to make.
Golf is an individual sport in which success depends on your actions alone. The mental strength it takes to play golf is what will allow you to play like the best player in the world or shoot the worst round in months due to your lack of focus. I once heard a quote that read: Your attitude creates your golf game; your golf game does not create your attitude. If you show up on the first tee worried about whether or not to prepare for a hook or a slice — or you are afraid of topping the ball — or you’re thinking about how many times you have hit a bad tee shot on #7 while you are teeing off #6, you are mentally defeated.
It may sound cliché to say a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office, but it’s 100% true. Many business deals take place on a golf course and for good reason. Golf exposes everyone for who they really are. Are you honest? Are you giving? How do you handle pressure? How do you handle success? How do you handle failure? All of your personal traits will show up, good or bad, during each round of golf.
When you go to the course for your next round try to forget about work, home life, and anything else that will get in the way of creating the best round you have ever played. Focus on the reasons why you started playing golf — such as the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of birds in the trees, and the dream that every swing could turn into the best shot you have ever hit.