The Golfers Nightmare – Trying Too Hard

The Golfers Nightmare





The Golfer’s Nightmare – Trying Too Hard

Trying too hard is such a common phenomenon in golf that it’s worth spending a little more time on it.

We are taught from birth that we must try as hard as we can to achieve our goals, and on the whole this is very commendable. But try the arm-bending exercise here, the harder you tried, the worse your performance. When you seemingly tried less hard, it became much easier to keep your arm straight.

We have probably all experienced this phenomenon at work in our golf. We are out on the practice range with a driver, trying to hit the ball as far as we can – let’s say 250 yards. And, although we’ve been trying very had to bit the ball a long way, our best effort has only just crossed the 200- yard marker. There are only six balls left, so we give up. We decide to relax and just enjoy hitting them; we’re not trying to hit them a long way or think very much about what we are doing technically.




We are simply having fun. And what happens? Our muscle relax, we coordinate our swing much better and generate the club head speed that’s necessary to hit the ball a long way. Suddenly we realise that we are just hit one past the 250-yard marker, and we say to ourselves, ‘that’s it. I’ve got it. I’ll try to do that again.’ And as soon as we say that to ourselves, we are right back where we started. Our mental state is back in the ‘trying too hard’ mode, our muscles tighten and our ability to create clubhead speed is lost.

The Golfers Nightmare