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How to stop a round from going south

by Mike Stubbs on April 11, 2012

Kris Brown, Director of InstructionTrump National Golf Club

Kris Brown — No matter the skill level of a player, the snowball effect can sneak up and put a strangle hold on your game.

During a round, it’s only a matter of time before we make that first erratic golfing motion or the ball gets a terrible bounce into the water. But I’m here to tell you that you have a choice, one bad swing or one bad break doesn’t mean the round has to go south.
The golfing community is definitely cynical and a remedy for this is body language. I know what most of you are thinking, if you stop to smell the roses it’s not going to get you to shoot 59, and I agree. I am asked this question almost daily “What separates a good player from a bad one.”

Ironically, it’s not how good your good shots are, it’s how bad are your bad shots. Not all poor shots come from terrible technique, they are generated from the player’s reactions to past golfing experiences.

So don’t let one bad swing snowball into five straight bad holes. It’s easier said than done, but keep a positive attitude, walk with your head high, and let yourself have fun for just a second. You might be shocked the next time you look down at your scorecard.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlie Wirtz April 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

You’re right. That’s great advice for golf and life!

Michael Gainey April 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Kris Brown helped my game tremendously. I went from a 20 handicap down to a consistent 11.

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