Golf Psychology - Golf is a Game of Perfect Process, Not Perfection

Joe Culverhouse
  • Author: Joseph Culverhouse
  • Manager - GLT Content and Communications
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At GLT Golf, we see golf as a game of perfect process, not perfection. In the previous article in GLT Golf’s The Mental Game of Golf golf psychology series, we provided an overview of Dr. Bob Rotella’s best-selling golf psychology book, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect. In his book, Dr. Rotella outlines a few areas of emphasis for those interested in gaining a better understanding of the mental game of golf.

Today, we will talk a bit more about one of those areas, the pre-shot routine. Actually, we’ll be giving more of an overview of the importance of a pre-shot routine. But first, let’s get something out of the way. While golf, in general, is indeed not a game of perfect, it should be a game of perfect process.

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Attempting to be perfect through one round, hole or even just one swing of golf can be cancerous to your performance. If you allow your mind to fixate on the nuances require to achieve “perfection,” you will create pressure and stresses that will send your mind and body spiraling through a chain of negative results.

However, if you attempt to complete the process of a swing perfectly, you then focus on aspects which you can control. But what differentiates a swing itself from the process? We’ll approach that in more detail later, for today, let’s just talk about what you can do to develop and maintain a process focus. In other words, let’s talk about the importance of the pre-shot routine.

In his book, OSCEA – Practical Ways to Learn Golf’s Mental Game, GLT’s own mental performance expert, Iain Highfield, walks golfers through the importance and implementation of a pre-shot routine. The foreward to the book provides a little insight as the what a pre-shot routine can do for the mental game of golf.

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“I have gone from a 4-time Europro winner to a European Tour player, climbing 950 places into the top 300 in the world rankings,” says European Tour player Chris Hanson. “The OSVEA process has really helped me put outcomes and external pressure to the back of my mind as I have developed the ability to focus on what I can control at all times – my process, my OSVEA.”

Hopefully, at this point, you’re wondering what this whole OSVEA thing is about. Well, fear not! In fact, as we dive deeper into the GLT Mental Game of Golf series, we’ll not only be breaking down the OSVEA process, but giving detailed advice as to how to implement the process and strengthen your mental golf game.


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