Golfers: Analyze and Paralyze

The Too Analytical Golfer

Most golfers I meet are very analytical. Not all of them in fact but most seem to require a really analytical approach to the swing and their overall game.

Phillip, a 15 handicap told me, “Sure, I’m analytical. I’m always thinking when I’m on the course. I’m brooding about my pre-shot routine, my setup, my mechanics, and if I’m hitting the shot correctly. After I hit the shot I analyze what I did wrong so I can fix it on the subsequent shot.”

“That’s tons of thinking,” I told him. “Yeah, that’s why I called you. I’m trying to not think such a lot on the course. I feel I’m overthinking!” he replied.

Take a glance at the primary four letters of the words analytical and analyze. does one notice that they spell the word “anal”? Being “anal” means being uptight. I find tons of golfers slip into this category and here are a number of the traits they demonstrate:

Constantly analyze the swing

Analyzing your swing can cause tension and a loss of freedom within the golf swing. Your swing cannot be loose while thinking your way through it. Constant analysis of your swing can lead you to form unnecessary changes and distract your focus from being within the moment and delight yourself more.

Overthink their game

These golfers spend an excessive amount of mental time over club selection, trying to work out the conditions, checking in on themselves to ascertain how their doing, constant score thoughts then on. in fact, this stuff is important but some golfers spend such a lot of time trying to form the “best” decision that they really get in their own way and “outthink” themselves. In between shots take your mind off the sport by that specialize in the course, ask others, notice the sky, birds, trees, or whatever you’ll check out and feel good about. Be thankful you’re on the golf links and recognize those things!

Worry about the past and future

I find that a lot of people say they need “run on” minds because they’re always thinking and can’t “turn it off”. In fact, this is often not really thinking in the least because real thinking is obvious, direct, and causes you to realize energy; not break down. What they describe isn’t thinking; it’s worrying. They find themselves worrying about the past or the longer term. All you’ll do is recall the past or imagine the longer term. None of that’s real within the moment; it’s just in your head. The past already happened so you cannot make it real now and therefore the future hasn’t happened yet so that’s not real either. All you’ll do is waste psychic energy on them once you carry negativity from the past or project negativity into the longer term. Either way, the reality is now and always is going to be.

How analytical are you?

To Your Best Golf!

David Breslow may be a National Speaker, Author, and Performance Consultant. Weekly Mental Game Contributor to The Golf Channel, Guest on TGC, and creator of the highly acclaimed “Wired to Win” program-it is named “The Straightest Line From Where You Are-To Where you would like To Be” He brings a fresh, direct, no-nonsense approach to assist golfers to play UP to their potential more quickly and consistently.


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