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Stardoggy 10-09-2013 03:29 PM

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Originally Posted by HeavyCritters (Post 2197969)
I've got a little A.D.D. as well, ESPECIALLY when putting. Going to try the baseball hat maneuver.

:thmbup:

I was bad when I was younger with the ADD stuff, but the baseball cap doesn't work for me. It's just another distraction. It's why I grab one single chain link.

FWIW, I can't shoot pool with my hat on either. Took me a long time to figure that one out. I'm about a .650 shooter in our league, compared to about a .500 shooter w/ a hat, as a frame of reference.

jenb 10-09-2013 11:48 PM

Good topic. It's difficult to stay "focused." I find it a lot easier to play catch with an imaginary friend in the fairway, or near the basket, especially a little right so it fades in. For putting, I like the putting phrase concept. Val J. says hers is "REACH." Mine is "COMMIT!"

chain_ape7 10-10-2013 12:30 PM

I like music for the mental "reset" after a shot - both good and bad shots. Like someone said earlier....after it's left my hand I have no control over it anymore. Process over result - it works in many ways in life. I've played my best rounds by having the earbuds tuned to really good music, intense focus on each shot but otherwise just looking at the sky or forest around me while everyone else shoots and walks. It kinda pisses some people off but it's my round to shoot.
Remember, you paid to be there, whether it's just gas money to the course, or traveling across the country for Worlds. Good shot or bad shot - forget it and focus on the next shot. Easier said than done....I know. Try some music, hey, it worked for Barry Schultz this year at Worlds!

youdidwell 10-10-2013 12:57 PM

Brain off, Muscle Memory on. Think about the next shot, not the last.

burdphil 10-10-2013 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by jenb (Post 2198268)
Good topic. It's difficult to stay "focused." I find it a lot easier to play catch with an imaginary friend in the fairway, or near the basket, especially a little right so it fades in. For putting, I like the putting phrase concept. Val J. says hers is "REACH." Mine is "COMMIT!"

Mine is "Don't be a f***ing p***y this time."

Seriously.

GB Phil G 10-10-2013 02:40 PM

From a mental standpoint personally, I know when I've had great rounds. I don't get excited when I make good throws or putts. Maybe just a small adrenaline rush or a mental pat on the back. Thats it. Its a very unemotional state of mind. Its also boring and I would rather be lively on the course and have fun.

Toro71 10-10-2013 02:57 PM

"Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" by Bob Rotella. Short, easy read. It's an older book, you can probably find a copy on Amazon or something for a couple of bucks. He works with ball golfers, but none of his stuff involves technique. It's all about the mental game, and every bit of it translates to DG. This book helped me, as a guy with a low frustration tolerance threshold, to deal with the bad stretches in a round. It's mostly about accepting that you control your thought process and not the other way around, but you have to work at it just like your form. Most people don't have that mental discipline naturally, just like most people can't pick up a Tbird for the first time and launch it 300 ft.

Stevo 10-10-2013 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Toro71 (Post 2199053)
"Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" by Bob Rotella. Short, easy read. It's an older book, you can probably find a copy on Amazon or something for a couple of bucks. He works with ball golfers, but none of his stuff involves technique. It's all about the mental game, and every bit of it translates to DG. This book helped me, as a guy with a low frustration tolerance threshold, to deal with the bad stretches in a round. It's mostly about accepting that you control your thought process and not the other way around, but you have to work at it just like your form. Most people don't have that mental discipline naturally, just like most people can't pick up a Tbird for the first time and launch it 300 ft.

This book helped me tremendously with my confidence, especially the "aim small, miss small" ideology.


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