How badly do you want to succeed at the game of golf? Will you do whatever it takes; eat right, workout, get proper rest, practice hour upon hour? If that is the case then why do I see so many golfers who are hard on themselves on the golf course? Don't we want it bad enough that we realize that it won't help us one iota? Next time you are on the course and you start to beat yourself up over a missed shot, even better yet a good shot that gets a bad break, think about this analogy. I was having dinner with a player I coach and my good buddy at Scholarship for Athletes, Ross Greenstein. He made the best correlation that hit my player like a ton of bricks. If getting plenty of rest is so important to you that you calculate exactly what time you need to wake up and how many hours of sleep you need, how could you be hard on yourself on the golf course? When we are hard on ourself, we waste a lot of energy. We disrupt the flow of the round and good vibes that could be present. Next time you find yourself wanting to be hard on yourself, stop and take a deep breath. Ask yourself, how important is playing great golf. If the answer is extremely important, then you will take a page out of my boy, Ross's book and be as serious about that character trait as you are about working out, practicing and getting great sleep. Until next time, enjoy the walk and play the game!
Professional Golfer, Golf Coach, Director of Golf for SFA, sports fan, musician, student of life, project manager consultant & all things social. Married to an amazing woman with two incredible children.