“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!
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?