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Hi Mark, can you please help me with the following two questions. I started my round of golf very well with 3 pars and a birdie on the first 4 holes. After a bad drive on the 5th hole I lost focus and was struggling for most of the remaining game. Is there a "quick fix" to get the bad thoughts out of your head and get the positive focus back? Also the last couple of months I really am having difficulty getting out of the bunker. I feel it's a mental problem and are looking for a way to meet my bunker shots with a positive attitude. What can I do to improve my mental approach to the bunkers ???

Best regards, Per Holck Kristensen

Hi Per, thank you for sending in your questions and I hope the following comments will help you overcome the problems experienced. Letting go of a bad shot is indeed a very common problem for most golfers worldwide. Not just for amateurs but also for professionals and the problem is not confined to the golf course either, so finding a solution to this dilemma can be beneficial both on and off the golf course.

First of all, this subject is written about briefly on Quick Fix card No. 3, however I will elaborate a little further so that you can grasp the subject better and hopefully overcome the 'bad shot jitters' a lot faster next time. The amount of 'thought energy' we (unintentionally) give to a bad shot can really take a hold over our minds before we even realise it has happened. It can reach a point where it just dominates all other thoughts and becomes the first sub-conscious thought; constantly butting in by literally clouding over any other intellectual information we may need to use for our next intended golf shot. And we generally allow it to have priority, not just in our minds, but having given the 'bad shot thought' a lot of attention; it can also send a subtle unpleasant feeling through our bodies in the form of sadness, stress or even total disappointment in one self. Therefore, we need to stop feeding that 'bad shot thought' by occupying our minds with something else. One way is by creating a distracting thought to dominate that unhelpful one.

While standing behind the ball:

  1. Tell your mind the necessary information needed to enact out the next golf shot. You can refer to the bradan Golf Card, which gives instructions on setting up an Intention direction Vision focus shot.
  2. Using the Intention direction Vision technique will easily give your mind enough information to keep it fully occupied. This should help it let go of the 'bad shot thought'. Usually, if our mind has not been given an instruction of some sort it will just catch onto whichever previous thought is the loudest running around in our head.
  3. If you find yourself really struggling to 'connect with the shot' because of mind clutter then try using the technique described on bradan Golf Card Quick Fix No. 4.

Your next question concerning your mental attitude about bunker shots is indeed a very common question.

Many golfers face a particular hole on their home golf course and hit a poor shot on that hole. Time and time again they repeat the same mistake because they have sub-consciously "convinced them selves" that they will do a poor shot before the ball has even been struck! The same applies to your bunker shot. I am sure that from the moment your ball lands in a bunker your mind is already set in motion that the results will be disastrous. So that by the time you actually step into the bunker the only thought or emotion that you have is that of fear of getting out of the bunker, which in itself creates stress in the body. Both fear and stress will destroy any golf shot, as discussed in Quick Fix card No. 5.

The mind is therefore preoccupied with a thought of being in trouble instead of it having a priority thought of using an intentional process to strike the ball. So set in motion your Intention direction Vision process while even walking up to the bunker and play the shot with no other thoughts in your head.

I would like to mention Per that "creating a positive mind" is not necessarily the key to being confident about a golf shot. No golf shot is ever in the bag so to speak because each golf shot needs to be played as though it is the first shot of the day. Confidence can only come about through much practice and even then, a distracting thought can destroy an easy shot.

  1. So I suggest shifting your aim from that of being 'positive' to just improving your focus towards the intended golf shot.
  2. If your mind is tending towards fearful thoughts or is just generally stressed then do the following:
    • Stop what you are doing
    • Step back from the shot for a brief moment
    • Set up a distraction for your mind by reminding it of what it must focus on now i.e. the basic instructions for a bunker shot
    • Take a deep breath and approach the shot with no other thoughts in your mind

This is taking into consideration that you have been taught by a PGA teacher about the basic methods on how to get out of a bunker. You can refer to bradan Golf Cards No. 11 and 12 too. Hope the suggestion helps in some way. Would love to hear if it does or doesn't and we can discuss it further.

All the best, Mark

Hi Mark,I have noticed that whenever I get stuck behind a group of slow players they inevitably destroy my focus because it seems my rhythm is broken. This has become such a problem that I now hate the idea of waiting around for my next shot as it will most likely result in a poor golf shot. Do you have any suggestions for this scenario?

Thanks, Glenn K

Hi Glenn, the subject of pace-of-play is discussed in the bradan Golf Cards Series 2, which I plan to launch in 2016. Nevertheless, the problem of slow players ahead does trouble a lot of golfers and it's good to talk about it now.

You are correct in saying that your rhythm gets disturbed and moreover, I would say that your focus technique often collapses with it. The frustration of a slow group can easily dominate all other thoughts because on each hole you are faced with the same problem of slow play, hole after hole.

Understandably, it is so easy to be annoyed when being made to wait for our next golf shot. But when something is easily annoying it also easily takes over all other thoughts. As usual, it grabs priority and becomes 'all that you are' right here and now.

While the flames of being annoyed are getting fanned the necessary thoughts needed to go into the coming golf shot generally become small and insignificant. And they really are needed because golf is the most important thing 'right now'.

On the Insight card No. 1 you will see that it is mostly a matter of choosing whether we "hit with hope or hit with focus". Try deliberately choosing a process of focus to think about every time that a distracting thought or action has taken your mind away from your game. Hope the suggestion helps in some way. Would love to hear if it does or doesn't and we can discuss it further.

All the best, Mark