Director of Instruction
Fisher Bryan Golf Academy at Longbow Golf Club
Every night when you get ready to go to sleep I bet you create the same sleep environment so that you can get your best night’s rest. The room is either very dark or has a bit of light. It is either very quiet or maybe you have music playing. Your pillow is either soft or firm and the temperature in the room is either on the warm or the cool side. Your preferences are personal to you and help you wake up the next morning rested and refreshed.
So, why not do the same thing when you go to the golf course? Create an environment that helps you play your best golf.
How far ahead of your tee time do you like to arrive? How many warm up balls do you hit? Do you go to the putting green or driving range first? When you are on the course are you social and talkative with your playing partners or do you keep more to yourself? Do you take note of the course surroundings or do you have tunnel vision?
These are all questions you can ask yourself to help you help yourself play your best. The best way to do this is for the next few rounds sit down immediately after you finish and jot down some notes. What you shot. When you arrived. How you warmed up. How you interacted with the other members of your group, etc.
After doing this for a handful of rounds I bet you will start to see patterns. In the rounds where you did not perform as well, maybe you were late to the course and all day you felt rushed even when it came to your routine and swing. In the times when you shoot better scores, maybe you will have noticed more about the course architecture or landscape, than you did in your not so good rounds because during those times you are focusing on your lack of good play rather than what surrounds you.
Once you have identified these patterns, both good and bad, you can take steps to purposely create the good patterns. That way you will always give yourself the best possible chance to do well.
Jeff Fisher is the Director of Instruction at the OB Sports Golf Academy at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona. Jeff can be reached at 480.414.9330 or email@example.com.