Clearing Your Mind Techniques For Around Green Shots

    There is an inherent problem with trying to be creative when playing from around the greens, and that problem is the fact that you’re probably a bit annoyed when you arrive at the ball. If you have missed the green, that means your previous shot did not quite live up to expectations. You were hoping to place the ball on the green, and that has not happened. If you allow the frustration from that failure to carry over into the short game, you won’t be able to put your full creativity to use.

    It is important that you use the time between your approach shot and your chip or pitch shot to clear your mind and ‘reset’. You need to move on from any frustration you felt over the poor approach shot as quickly as possible. Once that approach shot has been struck, there is nothing you can do about it anyway. From this point, the only thing you can do is move on and think of a creative way to get up and down. Golf is a game that is full of frustrations and disappointments. Often, the golfer who comes out on top at the end of the day is the player who was best able to handle their frustrations.

    To clear your mind successfully, you need to allow yourself a moment to process the disappointing shot that you just hit. In other words, don’t hide from your disappointment or frustration – it is okay to have those feelings. You just can’t let them linger for too long. When you hit a bad shot, stop for a moment to think about what went wrong. Did you use the wrong club? Did you not select the right target for the shot? Did you simply make a bad swing? Give yourself a moment to review the mistake you have made, and then move on. When approached this way, you won’t be trying to pretend that you aren’t frustrated. Instead, you’ll deal with that frustration, address it, and move on with the round. This is the best way to keep your mind on track for a positive, optimistic attitude from the first hole to the last.