Analysis paralysis is one of the number one mental opponents in golf! Sometimes the time it takes a golfer to prepare for his shot can be more stressful than the actual shot itself. You don’t want to be standing there or crouching over the green till your opponent’s hair grows white. This time taken can work to one’s own advantage but it may also be a hindrance to a player if you do not know how to utilize it properly.
Of course the advantage that may be seen here is the fact that a golfer can wait until one is comfortably ready before the next shot is made. But the hindrance here is sometimes the time that may be used itself. When a golf player knows that they can make the shot whenever they are truly ready, sometimes this feeling of ‘readiness’ can almost hardly come. Over-analysis of a shot can definitely leave a golfer paralyzed and in result end up in the mind sending the wrong signals for the body to follow. Standing there or crouching and thinking about every possibility can all mix up in the end and definitely lead to a messed up shot as well.
If you over-analyze greens you’ll end up with a neverending debate inside your head whether or not that ball really is a straight putt or right edge. You may very well end up in circles around the ball thinking about the grain and what effects may come about.
Normally taking a good look at the ball and its location is what any proper golfer should consider before the hit, but thinking about the grain, the possible effects of wind and other possibilities can lead you to brain overload with all the nitty gritty details. A number of known putters leave some variables be and simply relax before the shot. Sometimes your initial gut feel on a putt is the best way to go. Second-guessing yourself can lead to regrets also! Most of the time your initial gut feel is right, and this doesn’t just go for golf but other things in life as well.
Another thing you want to avoid is how some golfers tend to take so much time practically staring perplexed at the ball as they go through a whole swing checklist in their heads. This is definitely another bad idea.
Sometimes taking everything your golf instructor reminds you about in sessions into consideration in an actual game can slow you down more than it can speed you up. Remember you don’t need to accomplish the whole game in one shot. Where’s the game in that? Take things one at a time.
Also, don’t make things harder on yourself by worrying about past shots or mistakes while you’re setting up for another shot. Those are over and done with. Focus on the present and what you can do. Simple meditation can aid in your golf game. Silence the clutter in your head by repeating a mantra.