Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 551 - Wed. April 3rd, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Should You Try To Avoid Negative Thoughts After Bad Shot?
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Tom's Featured Tip: Should You Try To Avoid Negative Thoughts After Bad Shot?

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Most of you probably answered "yes" to the question posed in this week's tip headline, but you're actually incorrect.

Here's a quick but invaluable mental game tip explaining how you should process your thoughts when you play, enjoy.

One of the biggest misconceptions in golf is that we have to always think in a certain way to perform at our best

To most people, that means avoidance of all negative thoughts after a bad shot.

But that's not realistic, because negative thoughts will make an appearance after a bad shot for all of us. That's only natural.

We need to understand that it's not the negative thoughts that cause our issues, it's our resistance to how we're thinking or feeling at the moment that causes that tension.

For example, standing in the rough thinking about how you screwed up the shot you just blocked to the right, you say to yourself "wait a minute, I'm supposed to think positive thoughts only" - that's the resistance that causes the problems.

Instead of worrying about blocking the shot again, just allow those initial thoughts to enter your mind, observe them, and then return your thoughts to your direct experience, which is staying in the moment and hitting your next shot towards the target.

Don't allow your thoughts about your last shot to cloud that experience.

I'm sure that most of you are like me after making a bad shot. I'm thinking why did I shank it, block it, hit it fat, etc. and that's all absolutely normal.

When that happens, always remember this - those thoughts don't have any power until we try to resist them.

Don't fret over the negatives.

The key is to just observe those negative thoughts then let them float by like they're're floating down a river. Don't fight them.

Get very engaged in what you are doing in the moment so that the negative thoughts won't really register in your brain.

Recognize that you will have negative thoughts about a shot or situation from time to time, but you can observe them without giving them more thought if you train yourself to do so.

Work on this aspect of your thought process, it's well worth the effort. Not only will your scoring improve, but so will your enjoyment of the game.

Try this, you'll definitely like it!


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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