Who is Alfred? The above quote is relevant because Alfred is the second ball. How often is the second ball played exactly the way we want? The result of missing the shot or more likely, the putt, has already occurred, so there are no thoughts or anxiety about the shot, and we end up performing the way we intended.
We can become so focused on the outcome that we simply forget about the process it takes to execute the shot at hand. Focusing on the outcome of a shot and what can happen usually causes us to become physically or mentally tight, which causes us to “hold onto the shot.”[subscribelocker]
One way to practice mentally is by playing an entire round, as if it was the second ball. We get out of our own way and just execute golf shots. It takes some practice pretending that it is a second ball, but what we discover about ourselves is how much better we can perform while we don’t become preoccupied with the outcome.
Dr. Rob Bell is the author of Mental Toughness Training for Golf, certified sport psychology consultant, and assistant professor of sport psychology. His website is drrobbell.com[/subscribelocker]
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