Despite the weather taking a turn for the worst, my diary does not look like slowing down after I had another busy week teaching. The highlight of my week was seeing a huge 22 kids turn up to the Saturday Morning Junior Golf. Normally we use about two thirds of the large practice area, but this week we had them lined up all the way along...it was great to see.
If it carries on like this then we may have to have two groups on a Saturday morning!
This week I want give you another exercise for you to improve your mental performance on a golf course called the 3-shot diary. It runs along the same lines as last week theme in that you need to talk positive to yourself when you are on the course, a lot of people will recall negative memories from a particular position, eg 'last time I was here I hit the ball in the water'. Having positive memories of previous experiences can only help you be more positive on the course and therefore play better golf.
Here's how you do it...
After your round of golf take a few moments and write down your three best shots of the round in as much detail as you can from start to finish. Write down your memories of what you can see and hear before the shot, eg 'I could see the green 150 yards away and I could feel the wind blowing from behind my right shoulder. The trees at the back of the green were moving in the wind and the sky was very grey'
Move through your shot stage by stage and continue describing it in as much detail as possible. eg 'Because of the back wind I took one club less with the intention of getting it up in the air and letting the wind do the work. I stood behind the ball and picked my short target just in front of the ball then approached the ball. I took my stance, had one last look at the target. I immediately knew I had made a good contact and as I looked up could see the ball heading directly at the flag. When I got to the green I saw that the ball had ended up about 5 feet away and was faced with a nice flat birdie putt'
By writing it down in detail you are strengthening a positive memory so that next time you are in that or a similar position you will recall the positive memory, rather than the negative. The 3-shot diary is designed to build up a catalogue of good shots from around the course so that when you are faced with a tough shot you are able to put yourself in a positive frame of mind. Do this for a month or two and you will have a vast amount of shots to help you with your mental preparation.
Tomorrow sees the start of the annual Golf Trade Show in Harrogate which I will be attending. It gives me a great opportunity to see some of the new products that will be coming on the market over the course of the next year. It also gives me chance to improve my existing knowledge by taking in some of the educational seminars that are provided by the PGA. I have three seminars booked into my diary with two based around the short game and my final one on Junior golf development. I am looking forward to gaining some new knowledge and then using it in my lessons.
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