Can't Go Back
To the moment before that last swing. To the hole before. To the way things were pre 'Rona.
Ah... but your mind (it resides in a country of its own, a far, far away land..) sure does. And although much can be learned from past experiences - especially those you deem 'failures' - you have only the here and now + the energy of your intention moving forward. That, fellow wanderers of the links ain't somebody's opinion, some fool's bias, or CS' shtick, THAT is the ever-more-challenging-to-find truth.
My shtick - or plan, rather - for you improving your golf, starts with in-person and remote coaching. Click just south for details.
Looking skyward for answers about how to proceed, in and out of the golf park? I see; click up top to listen (just what are you hearing about how to swing a golf club, and play the game, upon your blue-lit screens, anyway..??) to the hauntingly meaningful words sung by Tanita Tikaram, twist that volume knob (old school, I know - but what's wrong with that, if it's helpful?) clockwise, then come back my way for some 'sobering' thoughts on how to go forward, since you can't go back...
"In the morning I wipe my brow
Wipe the miles away
I like to think I can be so willed
And never do what you say
I'll never hear you
And never do what you say"
I'll let the picture do the talking here...
Whether you approve of Bryson DeChambeau's approach or not, no one can deny the sheer amount of quality hard work, blood, sweat and tears that went into his U.S. Open victory last week. Miles and hours of hard work; do you have a problem with that - or are you looking for the quick fix the on-line hucksters are slinging at you?
He wiped out the field while he wiped away the naysayers. He wiped aside the never-ending conversation from talking head experts everywhere re the necessity to hit fairways at the grueling set up at Winged Foot. The rest of the golf world is now wiping his proverbial arse.
With will and belief in self - and never doing what 'they' say - he won his first major.
Your takeaways and twists in your sobriety, when you're yearning to go back?
- Wipe out the idea that H.G. Wells is warming up the engines on his time machine. In search of more FACTS (me too)? Voilà: Factual vs. Counterfactual conditions during a round of golf, and a saunter around your daily sidewalks. Factual refers to a real possibility, something that can happen moving forward. Counterfactual - this is too often in that 'country of the mind' - is where events and situations that were once possible did not happen.
- Go to an AAAA Meeting. Accept what has happened (and remember, no one wants to hear you complain about it). Acknowledge the existence of whatever may be pushing you into the past. Adjust your compass (you've got one in the back of your brain, it's what keep you vertical. Most of the time..). Adapt - it's where better players have an advantage over you, more than anywhere else.
"I don't care about their different thoughts
Different thoughts are good for me"
'Tis those 'different' thoughts that you seek when your troublesome mind seeks to 'go back.'
Time to shift gears from unclear and undecided, to seeing the endless possibilities and placing your attention & intention in the direction of what you want.
Stuck in your mind patterns, as your swing may well be in patterns that cause your golf ball to 'misbehave?' I understand - and so does Dr. Debbie Crews Ketterling. Dr. Crews is a Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Kinesiology at Arizona State University. She has spent 25+ years teaching, researching and consulting in golf, her focus being on attention in sport using psycho-psychological measures of attention (i.e. brain and heart activity).
Click above for some legit enlightenment (SM's greatest failure to the human race), ideas and insight into how to learn to shift to your thought patterns so they can benefit, rather than hinder, performance.
"All God's children need traveling shoes
Drive your problems from here"
Couldn't agree more. My brethren at Nike Golf created a few for last week's event (above), and have something for everyone's tastes. Click above for a sampling of footwear that will help you better travel the fairways ('cause you never hit it in the rough, right?).
CONTRIBUTING = CARING
To helping those who have lost so much in the past few weeks amid the horrific forest fires in my home state of Oregon.
Contact me for a consultation; click on my logo just above for further specifics.
I'll be doing my part - and best - playing a 'quick' round to benefit Oregon Fire Relief while bidding farewell to one of my fav old Speedgolf stomping grounds.
Broadmoor Golf Club in PDX is closing its doors and fairways. Established in 1931, I played many a fast round as the sun rose back in the day, so now I'm giving back - and you can too.
Click on the image above from a Speedgolf demo many moons ago to contribute to the cause, and have a chance to win a Nike Golf polo of your choice by predicting my Speedgolf score.
Remote and in-person coaching options at Eugene Country Club and Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (periodically, in season). The development of an optimal practice program for you, your needs, and your schedule. Ideas and referrals in the equipment domain - those sticks in your bag, and your physical body. Science and evidenced-based help in achieving higher mental acuity on the course. A competent, comprehensive and on-going loop for learning, regardless of where you are on the planet.
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future”
-- Fulton Oursler