Would you talk to someone else the way you talk to yourself on the golf course? Chances are, the answer to this question is no. Unfortunately, most people talk to themselves on a golf course in a horrendous manner.
The key to improving your self-talk is improving the questions you are asking yourself.
Currently, you may be asking, what's wrong with me? What's wrong with my swing? Why can't I be more consistent? If you ask these types of questions, you will get some terrible answers.
If you want to improve your golf, improve the quality of your questions.
If you would like more information on how to do this, check out my video series;
The questions you ask on the golf course suck! Ask these instead.
Click the video below to watch Question 2
G'day sports fans! Paul Williamson here with my second video, "Why your questions suck? And how you need to get better at asking them to play better golf.
Here's another common question that sucks. The first thing I see people do when they get out of the cart is, "How far away is that pin position?" They've got the laser out or looking on their GPS. And that's the first thing they're doing. That sucks, and I'll tell you why. Because the first thing you need to do is you need to read the shot first. And what is reading a shot mean? Well, people know what reading a putt means. But reading a shot, you have to do every single shot.
You have to ask yourself, "What do I think will happen after I hit this shot?" So, there are a few other questions that tie on from that. Which is, "What's that lie going to let me do? Is it covered in the grass? Will I get spin? Will it run? Is it muddy? Is it hard?" See all these other questions?
"Okay, when it gets up in the air, the next one is, "What's the wind going to do? Is it going to send it left? Is it going to send it, right? Is it going to make it go further or shorter?" Then you've got to kind of put the best guess yardage on it, "I think it's going to be 10 meters less or one club less because of that winds behind me." So all these questions just tie from that one, which is what I think will happen after I hit it?
Oh, there's one more! "What's going to happen when it hits the ground? Is it going to go left? Is going to go, right? Is it going to run? Is it going to stop?" All these questions. But they start with one much better one: "What do I think is gonna happen after I hit it?" And you might be sitting there thinking, "Jeez, Paul! That's a lot of questions. That's going to take me forever to work that out." Learning how to drive a car was a massively complex thing. Once upon a time as well, it's not anymore. You can do it without even thinking about it. But you did have to think about it at one point.
So, I'm going to say is pick one of those questions. Number one would be, "What will happen after I hit this?" Give it your best guess. It will help you with your clarity. It will help you with your decision making. You'll be more decisive. You'll have less tension, and we all know that those things lead to better golf shots and worse ones. So, that was number two of my better questions series. See you for the next one. Cheers!