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Years ago I read a book called The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. It warned that outrageous choices in society (even as simple as buying jeans) didn't make us happier, but rather caused more stress and anxiety due to unrealistic expectations and something that & # 39; decision paralysis & # 39; is called.
When it was published in 2005, it felt very relevant. Fast forward 15 years, and it seems that the author's central thesis is even more important. Regardless, I'm not here to guide you through your life decisions, but I would like to discuss how the paradox of choice is what causes many golfers' problems, and provide some insight into what you can do to solve it.
The beauty of golf
One of the fascinating aspects of golf is that there is no good way to play the game. Everyone's game can have their unique fingerprint, ranging from the way they swing the club to even their behavior on the court.
You get a different decision with every shot. Suppose you were 40 meters from the green; you can choose from as many as 5-6 clubs and technique styles, depending on pin location, wind and peat conditions. Depending on the player and their skill level, all of these scenarios can lead to success. You can't say there is a good way to play that photo.
In all my years playing competitively, I have seen so many different types of golfers who could shoot impressive scores. They ranged from fundamentally healthy to downright bizarre (if you saw me swinging a club you'd probably classify me as a bit unorthodox).
However, they all had a common thread. Whatever method they chose and whatever decisions they made, they all had a lot of conviction and conviction.
Where you can get into trouble
Unfortunately, one of the great features of golf is also one of the greatest challenges. With all these possibilities, indecision can arise.
You can choose to shape your ball off the tee based on whether the hole on the right or left is a dogleg. If the wind blows in your face, you can change your technique to try to keep the ball lower with a bunt. Or your approach shot can be short side and you can try a flop shot with your wedge to keep the ball closer to the hole.
As your mind runs through a rolodex of several shots to choose from, it becomes more difficult to trust your decision. At the last minute, you may wonder if you should have chosen something else. Many of you know the types of results you can expect if you are consistently ambivalent in the 30 seconds before you shoot.
In addition, almost no golfer has the skill to take a large number of shots regularly. Even PGA Tour players have learned that in order to remain competitive and keep their jobs, they must stick to the techniques they are best at and not be good at everything. Why do you think Dustin Johnson fades off the tee no matter what the hole looks like? Because he knows he can do it all the time and he is confident in the repetition of that swing.
The freedom of simplicity
If you want to become a better golfer and get lower scores, you need conviction in your decisions. You will not receive bonus points on your scorecard for style.
Getting up to your ball with the clearest mind possible should be your goal. And that's why I'm more attracted to a more straightforward form of golf, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve. If you remove most of the choices, you are less likely to be indecisive. You want to get rid of that paradox as much as possible.
So what does that mean? Here are a few examples to illustrate my point:
You don't have to work the ball in both directions.
Special techniques such as punch shots in the wind are not necessary; just take more club.
You can aim for the center of each green instead of chasing pins.
Having multiple wedge techniques (flop, bump & run, etc.) won't make you better – pick one and get good at it.
For a long time, I tried to complicate the game because I thought I needed more options. I know many of you think the same.
In my opinion you should go in the opposite direction. Remove the burden of all these choices. You feel much more confident and have more freedom in your game.