“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein
By Ian Hardie
So far in this series of posts, I have covered the first six signs which are;
Telling everyone that you meet (who will listen) how bad your game is!
Expecting the worst result for every shot and game that you play
Constantly complaining about everything during your game
Choosing to hit a safe shot rather than the one that needs to be hit to play the hole
Always looking for what you did wrong after each shot and ignoring what happened on the extremely rare occasion that you hit a good shot
Never complimenting any other golfer on a good shot
Hopefully, if you have recognised any of those signs happening with your golf
It’s only one or two of those negative signs that you have going on during each game which means that with a combination of recognising these things when they come up and consciously making an effort to modify your behaviour on the golf course
You can probably sort those problems out and improve your game – relatively quickly
As long as you do so before you get too far down into the spiral of negativity!
Interestingly enough – you may even find that you go through phases during a game, over a period of weeks or months – where those signs change around as your shots, the other golfers that you are with, the weather and even different parts of the golf course affect your mind-set
The bottom line for most golfers is that if they are able to avoid being negative during a game of golf it contributes greatly to their level of consistency
Which is something that almost all golfers would like more of – isn’t it?
This is due to the fact that every time you are experiencing negative emotions, whether they are being thought, felt or vocalized – it uses a lot of mental energy
Which would be far more use to you if it was able to be focused on your golf shots instead!
Now, if you have recognised more than one or two of those signs in your game – it’s going to take you a bit more effort to ‘right the ship’ as it were and start thinking better during a game
But you can take some consolation in the fact that you aren’t alone
As there are plenty of golfer’s around the world that exhibit all six of those signs every game that they play – which over time cause the seventh sign that you might be a negative golfer
Over-reacting to almost everything that happens on the golf course
The act of over-reacting to things as you may be aware takes a few different forms, the most common of them seen on the golf course
Is the big ‘performance’ that a golfer might make if say their drive bounces into a fairway bunker, their golf ball ends up in a divot or they miss a 6 foot putt for a par……………….
I’m sure you know of many more examples for this situation
The negative golfer will almost always react like the world has ended or that the result of their shot – is a personal attack on them
“How could this happen to me on the golf course?”
In reality all of those things can easily happen on a golf course – as you well know
The question is how can a negative golfer learn to accept those situations and ultimately the result of every golf shot that they hit – better?
I will take a look at that in ‘7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part ten’