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What If I Miss?

This is a continuation of my tip "Half Full or Half Empty?" which can be found in my sample of mental tips or in my book Michael Anthony's Mental Golf Tips.

If you believe that your glass is half full, you will have a higher level of chemistry than if you believe that your glass is half empty. As simple as this concept sounds, it can make the difference between making the shot or missing the shot because it makes the difference between whether your chemistry is high or low.

You raise your chemistry by focusing totally on the probability of making the shot and expecting to make it if everything goes right. That's the key. You have to focus totally on expecting to make the shot and not even think about the probability of not making it.

Let's assume your glass was half full when you hit the ball, but you missed your target. Does your glass remain half full or does it become half empty? If you're mentally tough and realize that missed shots are a part of golf, you will keep it half full. If old man golf has his way, he will have you convinced that your glass is half empty before the round of golf is over.

Many golfers normally blame their mechanics when they miss a shot. Then they start making swing adjustments while they are playing. If they are not careful, they will end up changing their entire game before the round is over. Then they have to go to the driving range to find their swing.

What happens in many cases, it's not their mechanics that were off. It was their mental state that was off because they started thinking that their glass was half empty. This changed their chemistry and caused their mechanics to be off. That's why golfers after a round of golf can quickly regain their swing on the driving range before they finish hitting a bucket of balls.

Once they become relaxed and their chemistry improves, it allows their normal swing to return. Unfortunately, they go away thinking that they found their swing, instead of realizing that they found a glass that was half full.

If you know what your probability of success is and make allowances for your missed shots, you will be able to keep your glass half full when you are playing. Otherwise, you will start blaming your mechanics and make it easy for old man golf to ruin your day.

So the answer to the question "What if I miss?" is make sure that your glass is half full before you start changing your mechanics while you are playing.

Keep polishing your wheel,

Michael Anthony

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