Bob Rotella said, “Its not what happens to golfers, but how they choose to respond to what happens, that distinguishes champions.”
Most of the focus in golf is on our pre shot routine. Equally, if not more important is the POST SHOT ROUTINE. This routine happens right after the golfer has hit the shot and experiences a emotional reaction, either positive or negative based on the result of the golf shot.
1. Prepare for failure
In the sport of golf, you will experience more bad shots instead of good shots. We need to prepare for the bad shots in order to move on to the next with a clear and positive mind
2. Develop process to handle outcome of the shot
There are 3 ways to look at the golf shot after you have hit it.
• Great shot, this creates excitement and easy to process the result
• Acceptable, a shot that lands further from the hole, but in a safe spot that gives you good odds to get a par
• Learning experience, this is a shot that has a result that was not what you desired. We often become angry after a bad shot, it is important for us to learn from these shots and rehearse what we would’ve like to have done on the previous shot.
3. Put the club away and take your mind off of golf
This is really hard for most players. They want to dwell and over thing the bad shot. Instead, try to place your focus on something outside of golf in between shots.
Write down your post shot routine and carry it with you to the practice range and the golf course. Develop and practice a solid post shot routine to help you handle adversity!