Many golfers think they need to add more things to their game to get better. Sometimes, we can be "hoarders" regarding information and habits.
But I am quite the opposite. I try to remove as much as possible. If it's not making me a happier or better player - it's gone!
This week, I want to talk about ten things I have (mostly) removed from my game over the years, and hopefully, it will get you thinking about what you can potentially remove from yours.
1: Fighting Golf
For over 15 years, I didn't understand golf's volatility. How could my game change *that* much within 24 hours?
I try not to fight it anymore. I'm just giving in.
I focus more on what I can control.
2: Amateur Swing Doctor
I am not a swing instructor. So I stopped tinkering around with my technique.
I don't take videos with my phone, scroll YouTube, or think about it at all. It's locked away in a mental box somewhere.
If I chose to get help, I would just listen to the instructor and take their advice.
Instead, I pay attention to my ball flight & work on my impact skills
- Impact location
- Face Control
- Club Path
- Ground Contact
- Simple can work!
3: Being So Serious
I used to step on the course thinking I was on some solemn endeavor.
I looked like a jerk at times and acted like one, too.
Of course, I want to play well, but I now emphasize fun.
4: Searching For More Shots
When I was younger, I thought I needed more shots to play better.
I quickly found out I sucked at most of them.
My ego made it hard to stop trying.
Eventually, I realized being a "one-trick pony" led to more confidence over the ball and better results.
5: Worrying About Others
I've embarrassed myself more times than I can count. And I've watched other golfers do the same.
We're all nervous, anxious, and self-conscious at times.
Honestly, who cares?
We are mostly concerned about our own games out there.
6: Playing for Score
My score was burned in my head at all times in the round.
The obsession was tiring.
Yes, I still care a lot about what I shoot. But it's not my priority.
7: Marathon Practice
I used to think spending more practice time would make me better.
It didn't. I was mostly going through the motions and not learning anything new.
Now I don't practice for more than 30-60 minutes at a time. But I'm more focused.
Smarter > Harder
8: Playing Scared
I used to look at the course with fear.
Every piece of trouble would distract me.
Now that I understand optimal strategy and reasonable outcomes, that has provided relief.
I can focus more on my target and not let all the other "noise" distract me as much.
By nature, I am incredibly impatient.
This made golf hard for me on the course and my development over the long term.
Whenever I feel that creeping in, I immediately try to "zoom out" and keep an eye on the long term.
A constant battle!
10: Beating Myself Up
I've scolded and cursed myself more times than I can count.
It made golf unpleasant, and I'm sure others watching me thought I was a psycho!
Self-love and positivity can be superpowers on the course :)