Whether you’re playing 9 or 18 holes, there are many peaks and valleys throughout the course of a round. Completing even nine holes without even some moderate form of adversity is next to impossible for me. This was certainly the case for me last week during a 9-hole round.
The first seven holes went smoothly with a single swing thought guiding my process quite effectively. For me, having just one swing thought is optimal, but definitely not the norm. Most of the time I’m playing a delicate balancing act in my mind with at least two or three different golf swing thoughts before and during the swing.
On this day, my only thought for the full swing was to start my backswing slowly. My putting swing thought was just to keep my head down through impact. In fact, I used Steve Flesch’s putting tip to remind myself to stay down during and after the swing.
Unfortunately, my thinking and performance came unglued on the eighth hole when I forgot both swing thoughts. Both my approach and putts were errantly guided without my trusty swing thoughts that worked for the previous 90 minutes and I limped home on the final two holes.
The main lesson that this disappointing round taught me was how easy it is to forget what you’ve been concentrating on. There are countless distractions on a golf course which make it quite easy to forget your positive swing thoughts minutes after hitting a great shot.
In an effort to assist golfers in the golf psychology struggle, GolfAid.com will be introducing some new ideas that you can take to the course in the very near future. Not having good fundamentals or good rhythm is one thing, but simply forgetting what we’ve been thinking has to be preventable.