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positive thoughts??????????
Gentlemen, I have the biggest!!!! event( read Once in a life time) taking place next week. My swing has fallen off the wagon, work schedule is out of control 14 hr plus days!!, poor sleep quality- you know how it goes. I am trying to relax, work on the basics, grip, tempo etc...... I am looking for a ...........miracle, no seriously, an exercise, a thought or image to take with me to help in ones self belief, and help stay focused. Comments most welcome

thanks in advance, a BritinAz
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Well, IMO the mental coaches are far too involved, and esoteric in their responses. I can sum all this up in one simple paragraph:

 

Don't Worry - Be Happy. What I mean by this is...............don't worry so much about the results, execution, or other issues (wind, lack of sleep, etc. etc.). Golf is a game best played by finding the ball..........then hitting the ball. Enjoy the venue, your playing partners, the (hopefully) good weather, and the clean air and beautiful grass & trees. Your own abilities will take care of the rest.

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I would say find something really simple to think about. I find trying to keep my eye on the ball during the swing, keeps me distracted enough not to get in my way. Then stick to it.

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Once on the course, play with the swing you brought to the event.

 

No swing thoughts.

 

Your focus is always/only target, target, target.

 

Aim small, miss small.---don't aim for the tree, choose a branch or even a leaf.

 

"Play"....have fun. :)

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Brit, try this... from now until your event, see, and I mean SEE yourself making great swings. Try to imagine you can actually FEEL the ball being smacked dead square off of the sweetspot. Use images of your best past shots. Really remember everything you can about those shots. SEE yourself hitting great recovery shots. SEE yourself really stroking great putts. Then, when you're on the course, stay in the present. The only shot you're thinking about is the one you're facing at present. You have the swing that you have that day, just trust it to do its job, and send the ball where you want it to go... never worry about consequences. If you hit a bad shot, laugh it off, and use the opportunity to show some skills with the next shot, because that's the only one that matters. You'll play just fine.

 

I've been working really hard on "trying" to get out of my own way. I'm a perfectionist at heart, and I had to realize that if I was going to enjoy myself playing this game, that the harder I tried to be perfect, the less perfect I'd be. I'd rather have fun shooting a high score, and being enjoyable to play with, than shoot a low round but still be miserable to be around, beating myself up for each and every slightly mishit shot.

 

Have fun with whatever challenges you face on the course. You'll be fine :)

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At address, before you hit the ball, look down the fairway, or to the green, or to the cup, depending on where you are, and try to remember a time when you absolutely killed that tee shot, or stuck that approach shot, or sunk that chip, or made that putt, and then hit the ball.

 

Good Luck :cheesy:

 

 

-Kyle :)

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