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RE: What is your mindset when playing a round?
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Monday March 2, 2020 11:24 AM
See ball hit ball, repeat, until holed out.
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roarksown1
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Monday March 2, 2020 11:30 AM
I see every round as an opportunity to help me reach my current goal - single digit handicap before I officially turn 50 on December 12. This has been my goal for about five years now and the closest I've gotten so far is a 12.0. That goal is my mindset every time I play, and I'm sure it's quite often to my detriment since I'm so results oriented. But that's just who I am. I took up golf because I loved the idea of competing against myself to make progress and reach score levels that would let me be proud of myself. I've slowly learned that even when you shoot a very good round, you tend to dwell on the few shots you messed up that could have made it an even better round. That's not ideal, but it's reality. I'd like to have 'more fun' when I play, and I like to think I am having fun when things are going okay, but it doesn't take much for the anguish to set in when I magically forget how to hit a shot for a few holes. Getting myself out of that funk quicker is what I really need to work on.

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michaelko
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Monday March 2, 2020 1:16 PM
QUOTED  Getting myself out of that funk quicker is what I really need to work on.

yes. yes. yes.

play a round where you go in not caring about the score. make it the one goal of the round.

hit a bad shot? fume for a bit, but let it go before your next shot... because, the score does not matter. in fact, don't even keep score...get someone else to keep score and you just tell them what you got.

and if you hit a lot of bad shots in a row, just say, eh.. not my day. because the score does not matter.

see what happens to your enjoyment. see if you do end up having more fun. and i'm sure your scores will trend down. as a 12, the swing is in there. it's just your brain getting in the way.

i try to not to keep tally of my score/standing... and i like being pleasantly surprised when i do tally it up.
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mlslaw
RE: What is your mindset when playing a round?
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Monday March 2, 2020 7:36 PM
1. Single digits
2. No doubles or at least limit them
3. Be the low medalist in my 4 some

Valuing scoring is important and the mind is a wonderful G component.

Trying hard and pulling off your shot is like riding a fast wave.
Adrenalin rushes abound in the game when ur playing well.
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kviser
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Monday March 2, 2020 9:25 PM
QUOTED  The mind is s terrible thing to use during a round of golf.

HA!

Jim, good one!

I wish I could slow down my mind during a round of golf. I just want to play. My regular pace of play is FAST. I like to just hit and go! No thoughts, no baggage from the last f-up!

Worse case scenario: I get to hit again!

Yeah, I want to get better and shoot lower scores. That takes time and practice. It might never happen as I get older. I'm still working full time plus overtime, enjoying secondary avocations such as cooking, gardening, landscaping, bike riding, treating my wife to a good time, etc...

I find it best to stay focused on the next shot and not worry about other things such as scores until I finish the round. It is what it is..
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kevbig
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Tuesday March 3, 2020 2:23 PM
1. What am I eating at the turn?
2. What am I eating after the round?

Everything else in between is killing time on some green grass with some buddies until I can get to #1 and #2 on my list.
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t8fish
RE: What is your mindset when playing a round?
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Tuesday March 3, 2020 6:10 PM
Wait a minute. Is this a trick question?

I only have one mind so how does that add up to a set?

Except, of course, when I'm having trouble making a decision, in which case I could be of two minds.

But then, two doesn't make a set, it makes pair, so the question would be: "What is my mindpair when I'm playing golf?"

Well, a good pairing might be a nice full red wine for the main course and something stronger, perhaps a single malt whiskey for the clubhouse.

In the latter case, and given my state of mind, make it a double.
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Tuesday March 3, 2020 8:56 PM
Birdie Chain!

Feel like I'm aimed correctly.
Short back swing and solid contact.
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FirstFlightFX-101
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Tuesday March 3, 2020 11:26 PM
Learn from every shot, walk away from every hole. Unwind on the 19th. Oritur spes aeternae...repeat.
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Deepsea14
RE: What is your mindset when playing a round?
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Wednesday March 4, 2020 7:16 AM
The pre-shot routine process, (whatever that is for whomever) is probably the most important component of the mental preparation for the golf swing, or the putt.

I feel a player must have that in place for much success. The mental needs to blend with the physical. Lock and load and fire away. Try your best and deal with the unexpected result. Rejoice when you hit it just right and it goes too far!

KISS Keep It Simple Stupid... One swing thought for the day. (can vary depending on day or game).

For me it's how to correct the repeating swing flaw during a round. For example, not getting off the tee box well. Or trying to hit a fade and the shot is the exact opposite. If I can accomplish that during play I can score better.

It's just fun!
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