(a revelation from a domestic re-organisation)
Changing your mindset can be as simple as changing your seat.
I’m a creature of habit.
I had “my” chair in the living room, and I’d get rather curmudgeonly if anyone else sat in it. I’d give it up for a guest, but otherwise it was my spot. And what a spot it was – right in front of the TV and in the stereo’s “sweet spot”. And although I don’t watch much TV now and use headphones to listen to music, I still kept my seat.
Until earlier this week.
We had to paint the ceiling, so all the furniture got piled up in the centre of the room under dust sheets.
Rather than put everything back as it was, we decided to rearrange; after 6 years it was time to shake things up. We moved the sofa to where my chair had been and put the two armchairs at the far side of the room, creating a seating area where the focal point was out through the patio door and not the TV.
What I wasn’t ready for was the effect.
Instead of having just one seat I to sit in, I have several. This opens up a whole range of options and I find myself using the room much more creatively, considering what fits best with what I want to achieve.
And it struck me – the same thing is true about our golf.
It’s so easy to get let familiarity rule – we have our course, our range, our chipping area. We do the same things over and over, and yet we wonder why our skills don’t progress.
We often hope to get the same range bay, go through the same practice routine and then leave.Does this prepare us for a game which throws up unusual situations almost every round?
Our practice is familiar, comfortable and safe.
And it’s stunting our growth.
Mix it up.
Do something different.
Make practice varied and random – make it simulate golf . Immerse yourself in the experience. Get away from the range and play some pitch-and-putt. Play a round with only one, two or three clubs. Create a random game at the chipping green. Play 3 shots left-handed. Take a ball into the trees and practice heroic escape shots.
Play a different type of course, and adapt your game to it. Dedicate a whole round to playing artistically, without regard to the score card. Choose to play a course as the architect intended, curling shots round dog-legs and over trees.
Do something extraordinary.
Change your view and escape the rut you didn’t know you were in.
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