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 with a positive mind set. How many times have you said to yourself, “Do not hit it out of bounds”? What happens next, you proceed to hit it out of bounds. How many times have you gotten over the putt and knew you were not going to make it? Have you ever started the stroke and then the negative thought of missing the putt comes into your mind? How about getting out a water ball to play your next shot, what are you telling yourself about the faith you in yourself for a good shot? All of these negative thoughts and actions negatively affect the outcome of your shot and increase your score.

It is hard to overcome and control those negative thoughts. 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. Use visualization to help you picture the ball going exactly where you want it to go. Bring back that shot you successfully made in the past.  Use your pre-shot routine to program in the positive.

Begin your pre-shot routine with positive commands such as: Pick out a specific target for alignment and shot visualization. 1) Picture the flight of the ball you desire, is it flying straight, hooking or fading? 2) See the shot happen with positive results. 3) 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 successfully completed. This practice will greatly improve your score and make golf much more fun.


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