Kind Words From Some Happy Golfers

 

Every once in a while someone is kind enough to get in touch to tell me that they are playing well, or that they are enjoying their golf more than they were doing.

I can’t take the credit for any of these developments, but I love hearing about them and sharing in the enjoyment that these golfers are now experiencing.

When we are playing well it’s often a good time to reflect on where that good performance is coming from.

The ego will want to jump in and claim the credit, to put it down to our hard work or to our new found skills or technique.

But the truth is, our best play doesn’t come from us, it comes through us.

Many of the times I have played well I couldn’t really tell you why or how I did it. In the

In the past I’ve often got myself into trouble by looking outside for the reason I played well, just as I would look outside myself for the reasons when I played badly.

I now know that this is a fools errand. The funny thing is it’s somehow easier to see this on the back of a good performance than it is after a poor one.

I managed to get 18 in yesterday. It was the best round I’ve played since starting to play again, and it felt like one of my best ever. My scorecard read 99 at the end but it felt more like a 92 or 3. A few things I did / observed:

– Made my first birdie for 2 years (following a 152 yard 6 iron to 18 inches)
– Had 4 more pars
– Hit 8 fairways (4 out of 6 with the driver).
– Only hit 3 ‘bad’ tee shots
– Hit 7 GIRs (spun it back off 2 more)
Putted like Stevie Wonder for the first 13 holes
– Generally, struck my irons better off the deck. Still a few fats.
– Only lost 1 ball
– REALLY REALLY ENJOYED IT – that was my goal, and better shots followed. Feeling led to behaviour!!!

I probably over thought my swing at times, but I’d not had chance to practice what we worked on last week. My plan is to go and practice 3 or 4 times in the next fortnight and replicate that smash bag, and tall swing around the left knee feeling.

Onwards and upwards!!

Adam

18 Handicap, Northampton

There is no denying that golf is a frustrating game.

Most golfers search endlessly to perfect their swing technique in order to help them improve or become more consistent at controlling the small white ball round the golf course.

We spend most of our time working on the physical movements needed to perfect our swing or buy the latest club that will fix our faults. This search for perfection, or improvement in our performance puts a huge burden on how we view the game of golf, leading to frustration with a game we began to play for enjoyment.

Put simply we start to fall out of love with the game.

Having reached this stage, after playing golf for over 40 years searching for the perfect swing, I discovered Sam Jarman, who has identified the cause and potentially the solution to this malaise.

Sam has experienced this journey first hand as a tournament golfer, he identified how critical our own thinking has on our enjoyment and ultimately our golfing performance.

Golf, by its very nature measures our performance; how well did we strike our tee shot, how close did we hit our approach shot, how well did we read the putt, what was our score on the hole, and ultimately what is our handicap. We are ranked according to our ability or skill, which creates continual pressure on us to perform at our best. Our thinking can play havoc with how we look at ourselves and how we view the game of golf, something we should be doing for enjoyment.

The learning program Sam has put together will not necessarily make you a scratch golfer, but it will enable you to understand more clearly how you can change your perception of the game.

By understanding how your mind works, you can rekindle the enjoyment we all get from playing golf, which ultimately leads to improved performance.

Ken

11 Handicap, Berkshire

What you have done for my game is astounding. I am so happy I stumbled across your website! Your help and guidance about my thoughts being totally inside out

Your help and guidance about my feelings being totally inside out has not only changed my golf but my life. I look in this direction everyday.

When I’m playing golf I feel I have an advantage over everyone I’m playing against because for the most part I know what is going on with my feelings for the first time in my life!

Whether I birdie the first five or bogey the first five I know my thoughts aren’t real and my golf is so much more free for it! I am not an expert by no stretch of the imagination but I am getting better at choosing the thoughts I give energy

I am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but I am getting better at understanding how my mind works!

Just thought I would fire you an email to let you know you helped me on my way!

I’ll be riding my clarity all the way to the top!

Gareth

+ 2 Handicap, Manchester