I am sure there is no quick fix solution to the mental game of golf. I have the books, some on tape to listen to while on the road. But, when it comes to my girls, I’m at a loss. The more I’m involved, the more pressure they feel from me as a parent.
This weekend both girls played without a win or a medal against a field of girls they know very well. So, what happened? None of Kayla’s putts were going in. Nalani couldn’t keep it clean up and down with her chips. But, they practice and they practice a lot! What else as a mother am I to do?
I’m guessing I need to simply take a step back. After their rounds, when asked what they need to work on, their response is “EVERYTHING.” But, I know that’s not it. Kayla has been reaching the greens in regulation and if she doesn’t, she does execute her chips well. But, her 3-5 foot putts aren’t sinking. That’s been a confidence issue we’ve had in the past.
Nalani just has her ups and downs. She’s still only 8 and playing in a field of 9-11 year olds. She has come in 3rd quite a few times this season which is fine, however she does know when she could have played a better round and puts pressure on herself whenever she bogeys a hole.
So, here’s my big question. My girls can hit them straight and long. Sure, they need to work on chips and putts a little more. But, I do think their tournament performance of late is due to mental game.
What are your strategies for keeping your calm on the golf course?