- I'm sure we have all seen tournaments and rounds (including our own) come apart at the seams for no apparent reason , one minute everything is great & the next moment the game starts to crumble faster than a chocolate biscuit in a cup of hot coffee!
Many World Class Golfers have given away huge leads , these include the likes of Martin Kaymer in Abu Dhabi , Greg Norman , Seve , Rory McIlroy & Jordon Speith at the Masters.
Why does it Happen?
Although no one can be 100% sure what happened in each of these instances.
- The most likely reason is not one of lack of confidence causing a bad shot or technical flaws in the swing, but a change of focus from playing golf in the moment (the next shot) to the result of winning the event.
- Once the shift of focus has moved from the present , poor shots are very likely to occur ..
A couple of bad shots can quickly to progress into frustration and trying harder to make up for the previous mistakes leading to worsening performance - and the rest is history!!!
An advert for an insurance company once said "Don't turn a drama into a crisis.."
- Taking a few seconds to compose your thoughts after poor shot & gaining control of your composure will make a massive difference.. the facts are we can't un-hit the last shot (even though we would like to) and we will have to deal with where the ball ended up .. but to have the best chance of playing & scoring better we need to Focus on .. What's Important Now!! or WIN
The great golf Legend BEN HOGAN once said "The Most important shot in golf is the next one" Sticking to your Routine & Focussing on the Next Shot is all YOU can control
- Take a little time to feel the smoothest , most flowing swing you have .
To help remind yourself to do this is to write a note such as "Win" or "Next Shot" in your planner"
The Next Shot!