The Golf Swing

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Mental Game - To Score or Not to Score

If you're a highhandicap golfer sometimes it's difficult to play a round thinking about scoring since, in your mind you know that you're not going to score well. Therefore, you're usually more interested in your swing than your score. However, if your mind is constantly thinking swing instead of score it will tend to become cluttered with negative thoughts. Especially if you hit a several bad shots in a row. What you need to do is stop worrying about your swing and start concentrating on getting the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible. Your focus should be on moving the ball forward and getting it there using the quickest and safest route.

At the same time you shouldn't let your score control your game. It's usually best to ignore your score otherwise a couple of bad holes in a row can be extremely discouraging and ruin the rest of your round. It may sound contradictory but its actually not. Playing for score means that you're playing to get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible without worrying about how your swing looks. If you play each shot as they come concentrating on moving the ball forward you'll find yourself in a much position to rebound from those inevitable bad shots and bad holes.

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