Have you ever had one of those rounds where you consistently hit it flush off the tee and put yourself in great position on seemingly every fairway to hit the green with your approach. But time after time you manage to miss the green – badly. One time you push it into the right greenside bunker. The next time you pull the ball into the high grass to the left. Another you top the ball or hit it fat. No matter what or how hard you try, you just can’t hit a solid approach shot. You manage to get up and down a few times, but when you put that much pressure on your short game, it’s bound to let you down eventually. You turn what should be a great score into a mediocre one at best.
When you flush your drive, it’s easy to get excited about the prospect for a birdie chance. You may rush or your concentration on the upcoming shot might lapse causing inconsistent contact. Masters founder and all-time great player Bobby Jones once said, “It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it.” With that thought in mind, it’s important to stay in the moment and realize that you won’t have a birdie putt if you don’t hit hit the green with your approach.
That’s the time rely on your process and shut out everything except executing the next shot. Make a conscious effort to relax, take a deep breath and begin your preshot routine. Make sure you go through every aspect of your routine from picking out your target and all the way through your setup. You developed your preshot routine to help you become more consistent. Use it before every shot, especially when you’re excited about it, to stay in the moment and give you the best chance of executing the shot, successfully hitting the green and putting for that birdie.