Play With a Positive Approach

Mark Oswald
Community Manager
The Highlands at Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.
Marana, AZ
oswaldpga@msn.com

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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”, or “Do not hit it left or right on your next shot”? What generally happens after you put this negative command into the brain? You hit it out of bounds or exactly where you did not want it to go. You need to plug in the positive thought and picture to make the ball go where you want it to go, not where you don’t want it to go.

How many times have you stood over that putt and just knew you were not going to make it? Maybe you even saw the ball missing the hole in your mind. As you began your stroke you might have had the thought of don’t push or pull it. 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: Pick out a specific target for alignment and shot visualization. • Picture the flight of the ball you desire, is it flying straight, hooking or fading? • See the shot happen with positive results. • Begin your swing.

You begin your swing only after you have properly programmed your brain with positive directives, visualized what you want to happen and have seen the shot completed with excellent results. 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 every shot. It is okay to release some controlled emotions after the shot but do not let your emotions carry over to the next shot.You must be able to focus while beginning your pre-shot routine, block out all negative and picture only the positive. If you can control your mind and visualize positive results, you will improve your game.

For more help with your golf game, contact Mark Oswald at oswaldpga@msn.com.