After reading Mastering Golf’s Mental Game, I was eager to try out the Mental Scorecard to see how consistently my mental game is during a round. I usually debrief myself after a round by talking to myself in the car running through each hole. I usually focus on the holes that ate my lunch and costed my penalty strokes. Using Dr. Lardon’s process, I wanted to see where my mental game falls short of maintaining a constant mental approach the game. It was a learning experience.
My resume shows that a stage of my professional career was in sales. My focus on customer service relied on relationship building. Sales happen when trust exists that was built on common experiences and understanding. Golf is a great way to spend quality time getting to know your customers and showing them your character. Through my travels, I played in countless charity tournaments and took scores of customers out for rounds of golf. Here is what I learned and would like to share with you to help you use golf as a professional networking tool.
My first draft of this article I described this state of golf as the Pre Golf Swing. While researching it, I paged through Zen Golf and Dr. Parent called it the Swing Routine. I liked that name because it has an element of repetition by using the word routine. Routines are done almost at the subconscious level. I understand that Routine Ritual are redundant but I am trying to hammer home a point.
If you can grip it and rip it and land in the fairway 95% of the time, by all means have at it. I salute you. For the rest of us, the ritual helps to focus us and ensure a quality swing.
This past week, I played White Clay Creek and experienced the greatest up and down of my golf game in a long time. Unfortunately, the down was a big down on the back 9. I shot a 101 which was the worst round in a long time and what made it more painful was my front 9 was a 44 including coming back from an 8 on the par 4 first hole. So what happened to cause a massive self destruction on the back 9 and why did I need heed my own advice I posted on this blog? (besides being an idiot?)
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I started playing with this style some time last year. I found myself not hitting my irons very well and getting frustrated. I was chopping my irons into the ground or hitting behind the ball when I was trying to hit too hard. At that time, I had a 4 TaylorMade Rocketballz hybrid and just picked up a 5 of the same brand to replace my 4 and 5 irons. I started to use the 5 hybrid to hit a 150 yard shot instead of my 7 iron. And it worked!
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Once I felt comfortable with the rhythm, I applied it to my swing. On the first beat, the BOP, I started my swing. On the second beat, my backswing was half way done. On the third beat, I completed my back swing and initiated the downswing. On the fourth beat, I made contact and struck the ball in a smooth hit. I let another bar play before setting up for another hit.
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