We focus so much on things great golfers do, but what about what they don’t do?
Pros are only human, they do make mistakes – just fewer of them. Here are 10 things all great golfers don’t do.
Hopefully it might get you thinking…
1. Arrive at the course with minutes to spare
This has been known to happen – Rory McIlroy knows all about running late for a tee time (2012 Ryder Cup Sunday). However, for club golfers, it’s more the norm. So often the result is a loose first tee shot – which tends to set the tone for the round.
For many of us, arriving at the club two hours before a tee time just isn’t feasible. That said, if you can allow yourself just 20 minutes to warm-up properly, you’ll be all the better for it.
2. Follow one mistake with another
Well, not as often as club golfers anyway. It helps when your powers of recovery are excellent, of course, but in the amateur world this isn’t always the case.
As tempting as it may be to try and make amends instantly for a bad shot, the safe play is just to take your medicine.
3. Lose their cool
Have you ever seen a tour player lose their rag? Probably, so let’s put this one another way. In the main, the best players control their emotions. By the time they address their next shot, their focus – normally – has been regained.
Too often, a show of temper will only lead to more misery on the golf course – so put the last shot to the back of your mind and move on.
4. Worry about three-putting
There’s no fear when the first putt is struck – it’s going to scare the hole. The handicap golfers’ worry around the return putt often means they don’t properly release the club head, and they come up short.
5. Give up
Great players never know when they’re beaten. To be able to grind out a score is a great strength, even when you’re not at your best. Tiger Woods was undoutedly the best at this over the years – he always got the most out of every round.