Bad rounds in golf often have as much to do with poor behavioural chains as with bad swings or poor shot selection.
Recognise this familiar scenario?
“I had great expectations for the British champs… my golf swing had definitely improved… got too excited, too focused on the outcome… hit a bad tee shot on the first, made double bogey… got angry… wondered if I had been working on the right stuff… made a couple more bogeys… self doubts increased… started to blame my teacher… had he been telling me the right things?… Front nine a disaster… angrier and more negative… frustrated, embarrassed, doubting my ability… won’t go back to my coach… will try someone else… may even give this mental stuff a try…
This is what is known as a thought chain, whereby we attach one thought to another, then another, and before we know it, we can become a mental wreck.
Recognise (and break) your habitual thought chains and you’ll set yourself free!
Ps – If you are cursed by self talk and those disastrous thought chains, you might find my Players Programme Deluxe a great help.