If you ask a pro, "What are you thinking about when you are performing at your best?" The answer is always the same: "I'm not thinking." They are operating on instinct. If you ask yourself that same question, I'll bet your answer will be the same: "I'm not thinking when I perform at my best."
In spite of the above, golfers ask: "How does one forget about the outcome - or accomplish such a 'I couldn't care-free about the outcome' state when I want to win, birdie, par, look good, or whatever? Some part of me always knows I really do want to win. Pretend you don't want to win and you'll win? Doesn't sound like something you would agree with? So why does reading these tips help me enter this 'care-free' state?"
It's not that you carefree about the outcome, but you greatly increase your probability of success to achieve the outcome you desire by not thinking about it. Just expect to be successful if everything goes right, trust your triangle and focus on seeing the ball being hit without thinking about the outcome. Another way to increase your probability of success is to take lessons and work on improving your mechanics so you don't have to think about them while you are playing.
The ability to clear your mind of all thoughts takes time and mental training to accomplish. It has taken me years to be able to accomplish this and I'm still working at it because thoughts still pop up. When they do, I talk to myself, tell my thoughts to go away and then go about my business without thinking about the outcome.
I don't make all of my shots, but I make a lot of them. The one's that I don't make, I don't worry about because I'm not perfect and I'm willing to allow the outcome to happen - good or bad. Then I learn from the feedback how to improve. This process works for me and will work for you.
It's impossible to explain to your mind the experience of being in the present without thinking about the outcome because your mind's job is to think. It's your spirit that experiences non-thinking. It took Eugen Herrigel, the author of "Zen in the Art of Archery," six years of Zen training to experience the experience of non-attachment to the outcome.
This unique mental training program gives your spirit very exact sign posts to follow that will allow you to experience the experience of non-thinking without taking six years of intense study under a Zen Master. The proof is in the pudding.
The choice is yours. You can keep thinking about the outcome or use "The Mental Steps" to experience the experience of non-thinking and lower scores.
P.S.: A major difference in the golf scores of pro's versus those of high handicappers is not only the swing, but also the way they think and how they approach situations. Here is a book that explains how the pros think and why you should start thinking that way too!