Grading Your Golf Game
All of us have had those rounds where we start great and then we make a mistake and all of a sudden the wheels come off and we can’t believe we are playing so badly. Pars become bogeys and double and triple bogeys and all of a sudden we feel like giving up this great game. Grading your golf game helps. Some of us turn to diet, we start eating certain food in the middle of a round, maybe throw in an alcoholic beverage to relax us, some of us even go to sports performance drinks to see if that will do the job, but still, it comes down to that 6 inches between our ears.
But there is a better way, there is a simple way to have a very short memory on the golf course which will help you focus on what you can control and get you to the next hole in a much better frame of mind and prevent yourself from blowing up.
You can’t control your score on a specific hole but you can control your attitude and the way you react to what happens. I am sure you have heard that before and vented, “Easier said than done.” Arnold Palmer said, “you can only control your golf shot until the 1st bounce” and as we know it can go left, right, forward, and backward, usually anything we don’t want it to do but that we cannot change, but we can change the way we react to it.
Negativity breeds negativity. So, first and foremost we have to have as little of that as possible during a round. We can also control the anger or the emotions that happen when things don’t go our way. We should also control how happy or excited you get when things do go well, you need to quickly get back to level.
Here is how I want you to play and score your next round of golf and see if this helps you out. On your scorecard use one of the open lines to grade yourself after every hole. I found that by assessing myself a grade A-D based on my emotions, negativity, disappointment, etc., I played the next hole free of the mental anguish and more level.
A: Good attitude, accepting, level emotions, no negativity.
B: OK Attitude, non-accepting, emotional wave, slight negativity.
C: Bad attitude, non-accepting, wide emotional waves, negativity.
D: Lost control, don’t care, this game sucks, emotional rollercoaster, high negativity.
When I play a hole badly and say make a double bogey but graded myself an “A” for attitude, I would look back on the hole and say, “well, I tried everything I could and that was just the way it worked out.” I would tell myself to keep up the good attitude and that kept me positive going to the next hole. It frees the mind to go to the next hole with a fresh, level attitude, just like you feel on the first tee where there’s no swing, shot, or score history, there’s nothing to judge yourself against yet.
Conversely, when I played a hole badly and graded myself with a say a “C” for a bad attitude I would go to the next hole checking myself and saying, I can do better on this hole if I have a better attitude. It stopped me from getting into that rut of bogey, bogey, bogey, double-bogey golf. Usually, when that happens you get on the bogey train that you can’t get off.
I found in the data that you get a lot less negative trains ruining your game by grading yourself, accepting the grade and telling yourself to do better this next round.
You will find that grading yourself puts what just happened in perspective and releases that energy. It helps you understand if there is something you could do mentally to create a better result on the next hole.
Try it for a couple of rounds and please take the time to come back and let us know how it worked out for you Have fun grading your next golf round and scoring much better.
Thankyou to Siwanoy Country Club