As an amateur golfer, you should be playing the game mostly for enjoyment.
Sure, you want to play well, and there is certainly nothing wrong with trying to shoot the lowest score possible. However, you don’t have a paycheck riding on the outcome of each round, so there is no reason to get overly upset when things aren’t going as planned.
Remember, you are choosing to spend your spare time to get out on the course, so make the most of it by having as much fun as possible.
Unfortunately, many golfers fail to take this kind of attitude out onto the course. Instead, they are often serious, nervous, and even grumpy.
Without a doubt, you have seen plenty of these kinds of golfers over the years. They don’t look like they are having much fun, and they don’t make the game more enjoyable for those around them.
So how do you make sure that you are having as much fun as possible out on the links? Let’s dive into a few ways to shift your perspective about the game.
Accept the Challenge
Many golfers fail to enjoy their time on the course when they have a round that starts to go south right from the start. In other words, they play the first few holes poorly, and they never quite manage to recover mentally.
Don’t let this happen to you.
One of the best things you can do is to accept the challenge that is playing a round of golf. This game is hard, and you are going to have bad rounds from time to time. There is no reason to let those bad rounds put you in a poor mood, as every golfer goes through the same kind of struggles.
The best way to step up to the first tee is with no expectations in your mind.
You shouldn’t be thinking about shooting a specific score, or hitting a certain number of greens, or anything like that. Instead, you should simply be committed to giving your best effort on each and every shot.
If you can provide consistent effort from start to finish in all of your rounds, there will certainly be a few good ones along the way.
Remember to Enjoy Your Successes
As mentioned above, you are certainly going to have some struggles in this game – that’s just how golf works. However, you are also going to hit plenty of good shots, and those should be celebrated and enjoyed when they occur.
Hit a great drive right down the middle of the fairway? Feel free to tell your buddies all about it.
Drain a long putt for a birdie, or even an eagle? Give it a fist pump and enjoy writing down the low number on your scorecard.
After all, if you aren’t enjoying the good shots, what is the point of being out on the course?
Too many golfers get mad about their bad shots while practically ignoring the good ones. This is the wrong way to approach the game.
If you are in this habit, turn your game around by paying attention to your successes and forgetting about the bad shots you produce. Even if your score doesn’t add up to a great number at the end of the day, at least you will remember the exciting shots that you hit.
Stop thinking of your good shots as brief moments of relief from an otherwise frustrating game. Remember, your good shots are why you keep playing this game, so try to make them your primary focus rather than always dwelling on the negative.
Play with Friends
This is probably an obvious point, but it needs to be mentioned nonetheless.
There is nothing wrong with playing golf by yourself from time to time, or playing with strangers, but it is far more enjoyable to tee it up with some good friends.
When you play with the same group of friends over and over, you will have a chance to get to know each other’s game along the way. This familiarity leads to plenty of friendly ‘trash talking,’ and dare we say, encouragement, which always adds to the enjoyment of the experience.
Experience New Golf Courses
The game of golf can get a bit stale if you simply play the same course over and over again. One of the best things about being a golfer is the opportunity to play a variety of courses in your local area – and maybe even beyond.
If you notice that you are getting a little bit bored with your typical Saturday morning round, consider making a tee time at a course that you have not previously played. Checking out different tracks in your area is almost certain to revive your passion for the game.
Of course, you can take this tip to another level by planning a golf vacation. Instead of just playing the courses within a short drive of your home, try playing some courses located in a golf destination such as Myrtle Beach or Palm Springs.
Visiting a beautiful location for several rounds of golf is about as much fun as you can have in this sport. Don’t be surprised if your first golf vacation causes you to plan another one as soon as you return.
Take Time to Appreciate the Outdoors
One of the big advantages that golf has over some of the other recreational activities available today is the fact that golf is played outside. When you head for a movie, or maybe go to bowl a few games with friends, you will be stuck inside – just as you likely are all day during the work while in the office.
With golf, you get to be outside for several hours, and many golf courses are located in beautiful areas. As you make your way around the course, be sure to take some time to enjoy the sights, breathe in the fresh air, and just enjoy the opportunity to be out in nature.
There is a lot to like about playing golf – even if your score doesn’t look so great at the end of the day.
No matter what kind of golfer you are, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy yourself from the first hole to the last, round after round. Have fun out there!