Almost every golfer out there has a paradox. They think their swing is terrible and it needs to be changed constantly, with multiple swing thoughts, until it is perfected. They think they are terrible short game players, yet never practice short game.
Yet…their expectations are to hit every shot perfectly.
A mighty ugly paradox if you ask me.
I am in the process of reversing this paradox and so should all of you.
Fool yourself into thinking you are better than you are, yet don’t expect results on individual shots. I know this makes no sense, but it makes better sense than the paradox most of us currently suffer from…and I will give you evidence why this will work and is true.
People have misunderstood my ideas about expectations before. I made a comment that someone watched me play a round and thought it was a good enough round to win on Tour, then I got a lecture on expectations.
To clarify that point and today’s, I want you to have lower expectations on individual shots and greater ones on your overall ability to shoot lower.
All of my lowest rounds never happened when I was right on with my ball striking or putting. I just meandered along and ended up with a great score at the end of the day. The “perfect” rounds usually ended up in 67 or 68, where the 62’s and 63’s happened when I was solid and let the round come to me. It was easy and I knew I didn’t have to hit shots perfectly, just solid.
In other words, if you are a 10 handicap, stop trying to hit 14 fairways, 18 greens, chip every ball in gimme range and make every putt inside 60 feet. Instead, realize how easy it was that one time you shot 80 and realize how many bad shots you can hit and still shoot that score.