Good evening everyone, I hope that you have not been blown away over the weekend by the horrendously high wind speeds. Unbelievably I had 16 Juniors turn up for my Saturday morning group, which is a fantastic turn out. I would also like to say congratulations to Harry Anderson who won the first Junior Medal of the year with a very credible 34 points in poor conditions - I have attached a video of Harry's swing and I am sure you will all agree that it's a swing that will go along way!
I hope that after my blog last week you have all set some goals to work on this year? These goals will probably have been set with a 6 month or 12 month time limit, but what about goals for a particular round? Simply saying to yourself 'do the best you can' has proven to have no effect on performance, however, setting your self a goal for the round such as 2-putting every green we improve focus within the round. This is a specific goal and something like this can be applied to last weeks SMART goal setting.
Outcome goals can influence your behaviour during a specific round, a goal such as finishing first is a great example. At the beginning of the round you will probably be nice and relaxed whilst looking forward to your game. If we fast forward towards the end of the round, your behaviour may change if you know you are having a good score and it is this that can have a positive or negative effect on your game. I personally do not set these types of goals, as coming first can be often out of your hands. Even if you have a blinding round, shoot a 63, there maybe someone else out there that has a 62 and it is this bit that is out of your control. Based on the goal you have set yourself you have failed! In reality you have had a great round of golf and on this occasion have been beaten by a player who has played that little bit better than you.
Instead I prefer to set myself process goals and focus on what I can control. We all try to take the good things we do on the range onto the course - this is sometime easier said than done! I think it would be interesting to see how many people are happy with how they perform on a driving range, but then find they can not perform to the same standard out on the course - does this sound familiar? When we step out on to the course the way we think can change from what it was on the range. Things such as 'I have just had a bad hole so I need to get this close' and 'I played this hole badly last time out' Would any of these thoughs have been in your head on the range, of course not, so why should they be in your head on the course? On the range you are thinking about your grip, posture, balance and swing or in other words, your routine.
This is what Jamie Donaldson used during that famous shot he hit to win the Ryder Cup for Europe ( I have attached it to the blog, just in case you have not seen it enough times). When asked afterwards if he was nervous over the shot he stated that he had no control over his nerves and all he could do was stick to the routine he had worked on and developed. His goal over that shot was to execute the process that had served him so well over the course of the round. By having the short goal of producing his routine, he gave himself the best possible chance of hitting a good shot. Have a think about your mindset when you are on the driving range and see if it is the same as on the course.
Today I have delivered some taster sessions at Hornsea Primary School, where I have taught some budding Rory McIlroy's the basics of each part of the game. Today we covered putting and some of the children really picked up the technique very quickly. Over the course of the next 4 weeks we will be looking at chipping, pitching and full shots before they all come to the golf club for a Golf Festival on the 9th February. In all, 60 children attended and hopefully we will start seeing some of these at the golf club on a Saturday morning.
Have a great golfing week
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