Golf Swing Anger…It’s Better For Your Game Than You May Think

Now, don’t start throwing your golf clubs around the course just yet.

We mean tempered anger can be good for improving your golf swing and game.

Anger shouldn’t consume us but motivate and inspire us to want to perform better our next time out.
Below is an awesome piece about this maddening issue. It is a clip from Peter G. Cranford’s Ph.D. book, “The Winning Touch in Golf, A Psychological Approach”.

I absolutely love this book. It really helps us manage the game we play in our head so we can better play our game on the course!

In his book Cranford explains, without enraging us, how we can put such a potentially destructive emotion to use in a more constructive manner – to rouse our desire to improve our golf swing! He writes;

“Anger that is misdirected can cause trouble, but anger in itself is not bad. The stimulus toward improvement would very well disappear if it were possible for a person to train himself not to react at all. As a matter of fact, there is some question as to whether a person could learn to play golf unless a bad shot was a source of discomfort. In studies of the learning process, it has been found that a response that is followed by unpleasantness will get weaker. If it were possible for us to train ourselves to become completely undisturbed by a bad shot, learning would not occur.

The best attitude to have toward the game, then, is to practice self-control so that useless anger is not permitted to develop, and useful anger is directed into a quiet but completely determined resolve to remove golfing flaws through remedial practice.

This throws light on a matter of common observation. People who play golf on a narrow course hit straighter shots than those on a wide open one. Shots which arouse no unpleasant feelings on a wide course are quite distasteful on a narrow one. The con¬tinuous “noxious stimulant” acts like an electronic device to stimulate constant correction. On an open course, this would be lacking.

The above explains, in part, the psychology behind the common belief that your golf will improve if you play with good golfers and become worse if you play with poorer. With high handicap golfers, your fair shots will look so good by comparison that you will be pleased and learning will not be stimulated. With better golfers, even your fair shots will not be good enough. This will be unpleasant, and can stimulate improvement.

The above implies that for the very good golfer to become better he must set up his own higher standards, and set them so high that there will be unpleasantness attached to the shots that even good golfers would consider good enough.”

Golf game improvement starts within. A great part of our game is attitude. It’s not a matter of if a golf swing or two will anger us, but when. Today we learned anger is not only an acceptable emotion on the course but a necessary catalyst for our golf improvement process.

Don’t get mad at me for asking but, what do you think?

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