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

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“Putting allows the touchy golfer two to four opportunities to blow a gasket in the short space of two to forty feet.”Tommy Bolt

By Ian Hardie

In the post 7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – part nine I introduced the seventh sign that you might be a negative golfer which was

Over-reacting to almost everything that happens on the golf course

The act of over-reacting to things (as you may be aware) can take a few different forms and is usually generated after a long period of time spent experiencing some or all of the other signs that you may be a negative golfer

Meaning that the most common over-reaction you will see on the golf course

Is the big ‘performance’ that a golfer might make, if say;

Their drive bounces sideways into a fairway bunker, their golf ball ends up in a divot, they miss a 6 foot putt for a par, they hit their drive out of bounds on the same hole as the last game, fail to get over that water hazard in front of that green again……………….

I’m sure you know of many more examples for this situation

Situations that will be happening to golfers around the world as you read this, which most will react to by simply shrugging their shoulders and saying ‘that’s golf for you’

The negative golfer’s mind though, is so attuned to looking for proof that things are bad – that it will almost always react like the world has ended or that the result of their shot

Is a personal attack on them – which it isn’t of course!

Now while those sorts of situations aren’t exactly that easy to deal with and not the most enjoyable aspect of the game of golf – most golfers do actually manage to continue on with their game

Without ‘losing it’ in response to a bad lie, bounce or break

The negative golfer however, reacts to whatever it was by taking the attitude of

“How could this happen to me on the golf course?”

Which is a sure-fire way for them to begin to descend into a downward spiral of negativity for the rest of their game or maybe longer……………….

A positive golfer though, is able to accept the reality that all of those things can easily happen on a golf course and that it’s just part of the game that we all play

An attitude that is significantly more useful to a golfer than the negative one

So 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?

Like everything else in life that has value – there is no magic bullet – that will fix this

Instead it’s a combination of quite a few things, all of which are contained in the following posts in the Archives of Golf Habits

I’ve purposely listed each of them in the order that I think they need to be read, to help the negative golfer to change their behaviour on the golf course by changing their thinking

Right from the time they get through the golf course gates until they have finished their round!

Leave the rat race at the golf course gates

How to focus 100% on every golf shot you hit

How to recover from a poor start

How to recover from a poor start – part two

Why don’t we listen to that little voice?

The gap between holes

Why do we play our best shots out of trouble?

Finding focus after a horror hole.

Lower your golf scores by switching off

Lower your golf scores by switching off – part two

How to deal with losing a ball from a good shot

A happy golfer is a good golfer

A happy golfer is a good golfer – part two

What was your score?

What were your best 3 shots?

As I said in the last post, if you have any more than a couple of the 7 Signs that you might be a negative golfer – it’s going to take you a bit of effort to get past them and start thinking more positively around the golf course

But with the eventual alternative if you don’t being – ‘giving up this stupid game’

I reckon it’s worth a bit of effort – don’t you?

Play well

 

Related Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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