Patience is a virtue that is important not only in life but also in the game of golf. Our world has become so fast-paced that we often expect everything right here, right now! People’s expectations are higher and our patience levels are lower in all aspects of our lives. Time seems to be everyone’s enemy. Everything we do has to be faster. Our food has to be fast, our communications immediate and even our holidays, when we take them, seem to be so active that we often need a holiday after our holiday.
Golf is a sport that not only will teach you patience, but also how to live in the present. It requires both personal patience as well as patience for other people. Once you learn to become more patient then your game and overall scoring will improve.
Patience is also sometimes needed during a normal round of golf. When you haven’t made a putt or hit a fairway, then keep doing what you have practised until you 'find your swing'. Patience and trust in your swing are sometimes all you need to finally hit the fairway or make your first 'one putt'.
Patience for other people is also important when you play golf. Realize that not everyone is a fast player and that you too were once a beginner. A typical round of golf should take approximately four hours to four and a half hours to play. If you want to play faster, then I suggest that you play at times when the golf course is not as busy. If players in front of you are slow, then ask them nicely if you can play through.
You will also find that your scores will improve when you are more patient with yourself before each shot. Never try to rush your shots. Remember to always stick to your pre-swing routine, walk at a regular pace, and breathe properly before you hit each shot.
Being patient on the golf course will lead to lower scores and improve your overall enjoyment of the game.
Next Week: Pace of Play Tips