Play With a Positive Approach

Mark Oswald
General Manager
The Highlands at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.
Marana, AZ

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You must play golf from the positive mind and not the negative. How many times have you said to yourself, “Do not hit it out of bounds to the right”? What happens next after you put in this negative command to the brain? You hit it out of bounds right. Your brain processes “hit it out of bounds right”, it does not process the ”do not” command. How many times have you gotten over the putt and then knew you were not going to make it? How about as you begin the stroke you have the negative thought of missing this putt? How about getting out a water ball to play your next shot with, what are you telling yourself? All of these negative thoughts and actions negatively affect your shot and increase your score.

You must put in positive commands such has hit it at your desired target, this putt is going in, or I can get this close.

Begin your pre-shot routine with positive commands such as: 1) Pick out a specific target for alignment and shot visualization. 2) Picture the flight of the ball you desire, is it flying straight, hooking or fading? 3) See the shot happen with positive results. 4) Begin your swing.

You begin your swing only after you have properly programmed your brain with a positive directive, visualized what you want to happen and have seen it completed. This practice will greatly improve your score and make golf much more fun.

This is not an easy task. You will have to work very hard to keep focused and positive over the shot. It is okay to release some controlled emotions after the shot but do not let this carry on to the next pre-shot routine and certainly not into your next shot.

You must be able to focus as you begin your pre-shot routine, block out the negative and picture the positive.

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