There are many things that separate the best players in the world from the general golfing public. Let’s state the first obvious one, no one is paying the majority of golfers to play and practice. Golf is most likely a past time and a hobby for you and you do not have the time or resources to devote like the elite do. The second thing is how strong their mental game is.
I would like you to take a second and look over the multiplication table below. After you look over it, think about what you see before you read on.
|9x1= 9||9x6= 54|
|9x2= 18||9x7= 63|
|9x3= 20||9x8= 72|
|9x4= 36||9x9= 81|
|9x5= 45||9x10= 90|
Most people will remember Bubba Watson's incredible hook out of the trees at Augusta that lead him to win the masters. That shot is shown a lot as well as a ton of other recovery shots that other pros have hit. Rarely does any talk about the terrible shot that put the pro into that position. Bubba was 40-50 yards off the center of the fairway, deep in the wood on the right. TERRIBLE TEE SHOT! But the focus in on the recovery.
I ask you that you try and not get angry, and perseverate on the bad shots, but praise yourself on the good. Remember this game should be fun and relaxing. Try to laugh more than you swing!
The Coaches Corner is brought to you by our Oaks Course Golf Pro, Brad Patton. Brad is the Lead Staff Instructor and PGA Assistant Golf Professional. He has real a passion for golf and instruction and has been part of the Oaks Course team for several years.