Don't Be Greedy
By Erika Larkin on 10/2/13
The goal I hear from almost every student is that they want to be more consistent. However we have to be realistic that this is not a game of perfect and we are going to miss some shots. The key is to not let that destroy a given hole or round. So this is my advice:
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community, at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine — and she's oobgolf's newest columnist! She writes on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, e-mail her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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It's a delicate balance I think. As a golfer it's good to practice the buddhist ideal of non-attachment. But on the other hand there is also a time for self-flagellation. You need to hold yourself accountable for your own suckage, if getting better is a goal you possess. Delicate balance.
I'm not sure what buddha would say about golf and the need to beat yourself up.
The only buddhist quote I've heard about bad shots in golf is what the Dalai Lama says after hitting a big slice into a 10,000 foot crevasse. "Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga"
Erika is on the november issue of golf digest giving a tip on how to cure a slice. Its a brief article and a short video. She was named one of the top teachers. Good for her.
One thought to add is that once you have a relatively solid short game, in my case 110 yds and in, it becomes much easier to take your medicine and occasionally offset mistakes. Before when my wedges were less solid, I had more of a "what the hell" attitude because I didn't have confidence that a layup would lead to bogey any more than a glory shot. This of course lead to lots of doubles and triples.
My issue is not letting early bad holes get to me, especially since on my "home" course the first 7 holes are much harder than the last 11.
Great article. I try to implement those thing in every round already and I think it's payed off this year big time. It's just hard when I get those rare rounds where I can only shank the ball. It's like I am helpless.
first day back in a month after injury. Par'd first hole and was in a great mood until my short shots failed on a hole and i scored a 9 on a par 4, just after an 8 on a par 5. A few bogeys later I found myself on shot 6 chipping to the green on a par 5, hit the pin and dropped it. Stoked on that shot, still feeling lousy about the rest, I checked my score, which wasnt so great for my handicap, but it was a personal best at this particular course. Even on my best days i usually have at least one hole that seems like a meltdown, I just let it go, there's always time for kicking a$$ :).
Matt McGee says:
I'm getting there. Sometimes it's as much fun to look back at how well I recovered from a bad hole as it is to score well all through a round. Not always, but sometimes.
It gets tough to turn the page on a bad hole. Something that has helped me a few times as a higher handicap is looking at 3 holes at a time. For whatever reason it seems a little easier to let go when I look at a nine as three threes.
I just played 9 holes for 12 bucks, somehow got thru it with ONE tee, hit almost every FIR, and still double and triple bogeyed almost everything. If it wasnt teed up, it may as well have been buried. I had good shots here and there, but tons of bad. coupled with really sticky greens for some 3 and 4 putts. Anyway when the smoke cleared, i realized i was teeing off pretty awesome, and I played a good course for 12 bucks, and got to smack the crap out of some balls :). How can you complain about that? :)
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