Just finished watching the U.S. Open on the tube. Jim Furyk played pretty well, Tiger not so much. It was wonderful to see Graeme McDowell play so well and finish in contention. Beau Hossler, the young amateur, also finished strong. And in fact, I had a great day on our little golf course this morning!
It was painful to watch Tiger blow some of those shots. That chip on the 18th that hit the edge and veered off was reminiscent of several shots I’ve had recently. It was interesting to watch Tiger’s face – he looked incredulous at some of these shots, as if he just couldn’t believe it.
We’ve all had bad days playing golf. There are days when it seems that you just completely forgot how to play. The trick is to try to play every shot like it’s the first of the day. Not always an easy task, but it can work.
Watching these big tournaments makes me feel that I’m too hard on myself when I play. If Tiger can blow a perfectly straightforward chip shot, then why do I get upset when the ball doesn’t always nestle up to the pin on my shots?
How do you change your mindset when you’re not playing your best game? Let us know in the comments below.