The first tee shot is probably the most dreaded shot by the social golfer.
Every golfer who has watched tournament golf on television has probably marvelled
at the ability of the players to tee off in front of hundreds of people and
cameras beaming pictures to millions more.
These pros have learnt through experience and practice how to control their
concentration and focus on nothing but the shot itself. To understand why it
is such a difficult shot and what you can do about it, read on.
The biggest problem with the tee shot is worrying about how we look to everybody
standing around us. Not only are we concerned about our playing partners but
also other groups waiting behind us, groups who have just finished their round
and possibly a few people sitting up in the clubhouse as well.
The first thing we do is to put pressure on ourselves to hit the perfect shot,
to look good in front of everybody. We also worry about hitting the ball into
the water, bushes, sand etc. This is called focusing on the OUTCOME.
Having outcome thoughts causes us to tighten up and to rush our swing resulting
in a bad shot and consequently achieving the outcome we didn't want.
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