If you have a bad hole to start what happens?
I always love watching pros as they start a round and have a disastrous hole. No, not for some evil happiness at seeing them struggle. But to notice how they respond and approach the next few holes and the rest of their round.
Graeme McDowell showed the perfect response while playing the Mayakoba Golf event in the first round. He started with a double bogey. Ouch. Imagine, it’s first round, first hole. You want to get off to a solid start and that happens.
What did he do? He showed what a proper mindset is and what it means to immediately bounce back (the greatest stat in golf in i my opinion) and calmed things down with a couple pars. Then proceeded to real off 5 straight birdies. Now that’s impressive.
He put the issue behind him right away not allowing it to affect his next hole or more importantly his entire round, like many amateurs do.
Next time to get off to a tough start just think about G Mac. Calm down, let it go. Focus on the next hole and your next shot. The past is gone and it never changes so no need to waste emotional energy on it.
Bounce back is the major key to shooting lower scores and to playing your best golf on a consistent basis. Bad shots anbd bad holes will happen. That’s golf. How you respond is what determines how great of a player you’re going to be.
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