Here's the problem;
You've practised all through the Winter months, you've hit thousands of balls, you've disassembled, reassembled and tweaked your swing, worked on your short game, fine tuned your putting stroke. You may have even read a golf psychology book or two. Now that the season has begun you should be able to just go out there and shoot a low score, right? You have a divine right to get cut by 2 to 5 shots having put the hours in over those dreary cold months.
Maybe. Maybe not.
You know for a fact that you're a better player, your skill levels are much higher than they've been in previous years. Why is it that those low scores aren't coming yet?
In recent weeks I've come up with a few excuses.
- 'The weather hasn't been great, the grass is too wet and the course is playing long.'
- 'The greens are so inconsistent, some days slow, others quick.'
- 'I'm having lots of bad luck lately on the golf course.'
- Insert your own excuse here!
I think there's a difference between 'making' something happen and 'letting' something happen.
To me, the expression 'making it happen' suggests that something needs to be forced, odds need to be overcome and every ounce of will, determination and energy in my body will be required for the battle. Actually, just reading those words is making me tired, stressed and fearful of what's to come! If things don't go my way during a round, I'll feel like I need to increase my intensity level and try even harder. A few rounds like this and I'll get very frustrated, maybe even angry. Chasing is hard work.
On the other hand, 'letting it happen' suggests an openness, an acceptance, thoughts of 'going with the flow' rather than 'swimming against the tide' come to mind. If things don't go my way at some point during a round, I'll be more likely to accept it and move on to the next shot without carrying any baggage from the previous one! A few rounds like this, and dare I say it, I may even enjoy myself whilst playing golf, imagine that!
Get out there and let it happen.