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Date : 5/11/2015

Stinkin Thinkin

Have you ever heard the saying ‘you are what you think’? This is true to life in general, but let’s look at it from a golfers stand point.

Have you ever been over a one foot putt where normally without second thought you walk up and tap it in, then the sudden fear of missing it overcomes you; you play with the thought, give in to that fear and miss?

Have you ever stepped on to a tea box where there is this one pond that normally would never come into play and you find yourself worried that you might find the drink? This one thought doesn’t seem to leave your mind, you antagonize it all throughout your routine right up till the moment of impact. You stand there posing and come to realize you’ve found the very pond you dreaded going in.

How about the other side of the spectrum, ever been over a 30’ foot putt and had the overwhelming feeling that this thing is going in? Sure enough you hit the putt with peace of mind and BAAM you drop it for birdie to take the lead.

In all cases we have one common factor and it has to do with how we think and what we believe will happen. Jack Nicklaus said “Golf is 90% mental and the other 10% is mental”. Now do you think that possibly the greatest golfer of all time knew what he was talking about?

What will you do next time you play? Will you control your thoughts or let your thoughts control you? You have the choice and I assure you that if you practice good thinking on the course no matter what happens before or during your round, with patience and practice you will begin to see results and not be effected by a bad swing here and there. Just go out and have some fun. 

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