Letting go of that last one...
Hey everyone, I'd like to share with you a little technique I have adapted in my golf game that allows me to forget about that shot that just didn't go the way I wanted it to. The last couple of golf seasons I found myself on the golf course having a great time up until that one shot escaped my control and went the way of the hazard. For all those who play golf, I know you can sympathize in how hard it is to let that shot go and move on to the next one. You start to analyze the things that went wrong in your head, you start to second guess the way your swing works and you start to wonder if golf is a really hobby that you should pursue. The catch to all this analyzing is that when you step up to the ball to take your next swing all of those thoughts are at the forefront of your mind when you should have a clear head. When this happens, you doubt all of the mechanics that are involved in the golf swing and begin to do the one thing that you should never do when you are addressing the ball...think.
I know it may sound counter-intuitive to say that you shouldn't think when you are about to make a golf swing, but it is true. By the time you have addressed the ball, all the thinking should be taken care of, your line should be chosen, the wind should be taken into consideration and the type of swing should be in the bag already. When all you have are negative feelings from the last shot, all of that preparation goes by the wayside and you are doomed. After you let those negative thoughts and feelings take control, the effects snowball from there and every shot that goes awry after that will build, until you find yourself frustrated and no longer enjoying the game.
Needless to say, that is not the way you want to experience golf, so let me share a little technique with you. This technique has to do with the first two levels of basic meditation. The first level is to focus on your breathing. Close your eyes and focus only on the inhale and exhale of breath (make the breaths deep as well). For those just into meditation, this level is about as far as you should be able to get without practice, but it will still take you a long way on the golf course. For those who have practiced or are experienced in meditation, the second level is where the gold is. After you have focused on the breath, the second level of meditation allows you to truly clear your mind of all thoughts and distractions for an extended period of time. Now, on the golf course, you don't have all day to take care of this, so a couple of minutes will have to do. If you can get to that second level of meditation, where all the negativity is cleared from your mind on the walk or ride up to the next shot, I can guarantee that your golf experience and game will improve!