Pro Tips :: Staying in the
Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D.
In the middle of a good round,
one of my playing partners asked me why I was playing so well.
This snapped me out of the zone because I started thinking about
why I was playing well. How do I keep myself in the zone when
It is common for a player to go in and out of the zone during
a round of golf. Players that often play in the zone will have
trouble staying in the zone for an entire round of golf. Just
knowing you are in the zone (awareness of your extraordinary
play) sometimes snaps you out of the zone. If in the middle
of a round you are trying to figure out why you are doing so
well, this only pulls your energy away from the task of playing
golf one shot at a time. Analysis can lead to paralysis in this
Your partner's comment
could be a psych out tactic used to disrupt your rhythm and
push you out of the zone. Whether this is an intentional psych
out or not, don't let the comments of others distract you from
what needs to be done. Stay focused on playing golf one shot
at a time, let go of how well you think you are playing.
You make matters worse
when you start thinking about the golf swing or putting stroke
and try to understand why your swing is in the slot or what
you are doing to make putts. If others compliment or comment
about your game say, "Thank You," let it pass, and get back
to playing the game of golf one shot at a time. Forget about
your score and why you are playing well. Refocus on your next
One last thought: don't
get caught in the "when-will-I-mess-up-this-round syndrome."
A golfer who is playing well might sabotage the round by waiting
for something bad to happen (a double or triple bogey), and
thus it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Try to play on with
the confidence that you can finish off the round well and you
will not mess up the round even though it has happened to you
in the past. Beware of making false generalizations.
This success tip is based
on Dr. Cohn's book, "Going Low."
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