So much of the concept of mental toughness in golf is about being able to release negative emotion after the inevitable dropped shot or a missed putt or a poor decision.
When we make a mistake, the emotion we generate as a result can, if left unchecked, get in our way for the rest of the day and massively affect the final outcome.
That’s because golf is as much a game of SHOTS SAVED as it is of shots made.
And let’s face it – we ALL hit bad shots now and then. Not even Tiger Woods is able to control the golf ball 100% (although admittedly, he comes very close most of the time).
And there are times when we all get angry or frustrated on the course, aren’t there…
The problem is that as soon as we allow these frustrations to fester, the more the negative cycle of bad shots and frustrations is allowed to grow.
When you think about it this way, if you can let go of the frustrations and emotions of that one bad shot (or hole, or the front 9), you have a far better chance of limiting the damage and saving more shots on later holes.
See how well you can let go of the negative emotions in your next few games and the difference it makes to your score.
And please leave your thoughts below.