7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part five

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“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”Norman Vincent Peale

By Ian Hardie

In the post 7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part four I suggested that the third sign that you could be a negative golfer is;

Constantly complaining about everything during your game

At the end of that post I left you to make a list of negative things that you may say or hear while playing a game of golf, rate each one from a scale of 1 to 5 and then decide

Whether you had more 1’s and 2’s on your list than anything else

Or did the list that you ended up with feature a lot of 3’s, 4’s and 5’s?

Hopefully, just doing that exercise made you aware of just what it is that you or other golfers you are playing with are thinking and saying during each game of golf

As a result you may have already decided to have a different outlook and reaction to the things that invariably happen during a game of golf

If you haven’t yet and your list was mainly made up of 1’s and 2’s then I would suggest that the best thing to do is to take a look at this post, it’s part two and this post – which should help you figure things out

As quite simply – all that is required is a little adjustment to how you consider things

To get rid of that low level negativity that is in general not caused by other people

A list that featured a lot of 3’s, 4’s and 5’s though – is going to take a bit more effort as those level of reactions on the golf course (and elsewhere) are almost always

Caused by other people or to be more specific – how you react to other people

I’d suggest if that is where your list ended up that the best thing to do is take a look at this post, its part two – as well as this post and its part two

The reason that it’s important to deal with any negative thoughts or words that may come out while you are playing the game is that as you may well be aware

To play golf well, you need to be in a good mental state

Continually thinking negative thoughts or saying negative words during your game just creates a mental state that will end up spiralling down over the duration of your game

It also leads to another one of the signs that you could be a negative golfer

Which is something that you might not think was really that negative;

Choosing to hit a safe shot rather than the one that needs to be hit to play the hole

This sort of negativity is generally developed over a long period of time as it will be fuelled by a combination of both the golfers’ mental state (level of negativity during each game)

And a pattern of results that are less than ideal – which is a really nice way of saying;

Consistently hitting your drive out of bounds on a certain hole

Always messing up a certain hole

Missing the green on the same hole each game

Always miss-hitting when you have a certain club in your hand

Not making it over a water hazard first time………………………….

I’m sure you will be able to easily identify something that you have experienced that is similar – and if that’s the case I would strongly suggest that you take some time

To really read this post, its part two and this post as well

The reason that it’s important to find a way past that sort of negativity while playing

Is that left unchecked – over time you will end up playing the problem hole or club – with so little confidence that you may never be able to overcome it

This has severe consequences over the long term as your performance in the game will retreat in line with your negative mental state

Something that I’m pretty sure isn’t ideal

So, if anything in this post applies to you and your game – do yourself a massive favour by setting aside a few minutes and really reading the posts that I have suggested above

I will check in on your progress during ‘7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part six’ where I’m also going to share another one of the 7 signs that you might be a negative golfer

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

Until then

Play well

 

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7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer

7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part two

7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part three

7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part four