How many of us get extremely frustrated while golfing?? ME! Now I am not the type to throw my clubs or break them, but I do get down on myself when I am golfing horribly. When I know I can golf better, but yet I just keep messing up on every hole.
I feel like so many people can relate to this topic. Whether you are one who does throw your golf clubs or break them, haha…..or whether you are one that throws out profanity. Maybe you just talk to yourself under your breath and tell yourself how disappointed you are with your game. We’ve all been there!
My spouse and I both struggle with this, because we know we can play better. When you start off amazing and consistent, then you lose that, it can be the most irritating feeling. Last year we tried to golf a bit more since our kids are getting older. We went out with them for fun and it was actually nice to not care how we golfed. It was nice to just enjoy family time!
But, when you do try to go out and golf your best game but it doesn’t go that way, it’s super frustrating. So what are some ways to deal with those emotions?
I always say, failure is okay. You don’t have to be perfect in whatever it is you love. Just because you have a bad game, doesn’t mean it defines you. I teach my children this as well. Take a deep breath and realize that it’s okay to fail at something.
Another thing I’ve always told myself is, everyone has a bad game. Even the pros have their bad days. You are allowed to have those so allowing yourself to feel that is the best thing.
Third, take time to relax after you’ve played a tough game on the course. Go home, have a nice meal, make yourself a drink (cocktail or not, ha) and enjoy the rest of your day.
And lastly, change your expectations before you head out on the course. Don’t expect to play an amazing game and in turn, you won’t be disappointed if you don’t. Have fun and be grateful you are able to experience all that golf has to offer!
To end this blog, realizing that being frustrated in one of the most challenging games of all, is completely normal. To whomever said that golf is an easy game — I beg to differ! It is a game that teaches you to compete with yourself. There is always room for improvement and you will never get bored, that’s for sure.