Whatever you do, don’t think about or feel saying any of these words to yourself while navigating your ball towards the hole on the course. This is for the reason that our body produces a mentally induced response to every thought, without exception, our mind is consuming, which can affect our ability to think, feel and perform better resulting in ineffective swings and inaccurate shots, thus a busted scorecard. As someone playing a focus-demanding sport like golf, it is important to give yourself a positive self-talk as well as a positive outlook rather than the opposite. So, what are the words you need to watch out for?
The ever so negative “don’t”
This is the first one you really need to quit right now. Every human being has their own subconscious which don’t really understand the difference between the “do” and the “don’t.” We feed our subconscious with every word we think and say and it reacts by creating pictures of these words. That being said, constantly thinking or saying, “don’t slice it”, “don’t throw this one to the water”, “don’t hit the bunker” might actually end up slicing the ball, or throwing it into the water or the bunker.
Instead, tell the positive to yourself, “this one goes to the green,” “here’s a perfect slice,” “here’s one straight to the hole.”
The never ending doubt of “hope”
I don’t blame you if you say this often to yourself, but it is actually a weak word that exposes the greater doubt in you. Playing a sport like golf where you only have your club, sense of control and strength to accurately navigate the ball, confidence derived from certainty is a must in every swoosh that you produce. And by incorporating the word “hope” in the words you tell yourself before and after the swing just means you’re unsure of what you are doing and that hurts your confidence big time. “I hope I can make this shot” is just not confidence at all and is very much uncertain of any intended result.
Instead, make your self-talk certain, goal-centric and read like it’s already a done deal. Just get the word hope out of the way. “I got this shot,” just feels better.
The defeat proclaiming “if”
Using if is like already admitting a defeat. It is like confessing the of lack something which you hope to have had in order to achieve a desired outcome – more of like wanting something despite the lack of something or doubting for something good to happen. A self-talk like “if I my club will perform as expected, then I will win this game” offers no confidence but blaming something and pitching the unfortunate.
Instead, make it read like it is just a matter of time before you achieve the goal.
The irresistible bad words
The thing with bad words, like sh*t, f*ck and many other variants, is that they can be easily spoken by the tongue out of a sudden emotion and without actually thinking of its real effect. It may sound cursing an unfortunate outcome, but since you basically have yourself first to hear about what you say means you are really cursing yourself, and that’s no booster to self-esteem. Your next shot will be in trouble after that.
Instead, clear your mind. Think of the benefit than what the unfortunate event caused you.