We hear more and more people talking about the importance of ideas in golf. I am often one of the biggest culprits. I am fascinated by the dilemma posed by the game. Why are we afraid to put on shorts? Why do some people freeze when playing in the water? What drove us to screw up the relatively simple shots at the crucial stage of the game? Why can we hit the ball well on the practice field, but never show what we can, knowing that we can participate in the game?
These phenomena – and many others – cannot be explained in physical terms alone.
We have spent a lot of time learning golf swing theory, but we lack the self-control to put this knowledge into practice. We realize that this is usually the point where we consider learning mental skills.
As spectators, the spiritual aspect of golf often brings us so much drama and excitement. Perhaps more than anything else, the Ryder Cup can prove it’s a mind-driven game at the highest level of golf. Even the best player in the world feels pressured. Some were bursting under fierce competitive pressure, while others seemed to thrive in the challenge and take gears when the heat turns up. However, few people can reach their potential in a short time. We can play strangely good shots or get a good round every once in a while, but we find it hard to hold on to our performance at any point. Compared to the game against the golf course, our game against ourselves is much more difficult. Sometimes we will play excellent performances, and it is these that keep us from continuing to play.
Golf is a game for thoughtful people
The winning players are the ones with the right mental attitude. Among the more than 8 million golfers in the United States, “only a small percentage” are “sloppy players.” Their handicap is zero. They regularly play par, and of course have the right mental attitude and physical stamina as support.
Fortunately, the fellowship on the 19th hole was great. And golf is a game that makes it easier for people with disabilities to get to the level. The same level of shooters or “scratch” players can drop 18 obstacles to level 20. And 20 obstacles can grow to 10 obstacles. 10 handicap players can now and then get a par.
Because all golf comes from the brain. Psychology is better than hitting two irons or deadly putts. Because it works on every club, shot, and hole.