Desire, Belief and Patience
What do desire, belief and patience have in common? They are all important ingredients of success in anything that you do or try to accomplish. If you want to shoot lower scores, take an honest look at the above recipe to see what you could be doing better.
Let's start with desire. How strong is your desire to lower your score? On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the highest, if you are not doing everything under your control to improve your golf, your desire is less than a ten. That's OK as long as you realize that your success will be limited according to the actions you are or are not taking.
If you claim to desire scores lower than what you are willing to work for, you do not have a desire. You have a wish. A wish will never be strong enough to attain the scores you supposedly desire. You have two choices. Either change your goal and accept higher scores or take more action to lower them. Why frustrate yourself if you only have a wish and not a desire?
If you truly have a desire and are backing it up with positive thoughts and actions, you have to believe that your efforts will pay off in the end. Otherwise, why do the work? It is important to believe in the processes that you are working on to improve. If you have selected legitimate processes that will result in lower scores, don't keep looking over your shoulder at your scores until you have mastered the process.
Always keep in mind that the outcome is merely a by-product of the process. Keep focusing on improving the process until your lower scores become a reality. What happens in many cases is the golfer gives up on the process before the results appear and blames it on the process for not working. Rarely does the golfer blame himself for not working the process.
Instead of always looking for new techniques, training devices or equipment to try out in the hope of lowering your score, have patience and master what you are working on. When you plant a seed in a garden, you don't dig it up before it has a chance to grow and bloom. Patience is a very important part of the learning process and golf.
When you play golf, belief and patience work together. Before attempting any golf shot, you most totally believe that you can make the shot if everything goes right. Otherwise, change your shot selection. You must believe in your percentages of success for making the shot and have the patience to trust the process.
You won't make all of your shots, but if you are patient and believe in your ability to make your share of shots you will be a lot more successful and accomplish your desire to shoot lower scores.
P.S.: Winning at golf is more than just getting more distance. It is about SCORING. And here is a book that I can recommend to help you learn more about course management.