How To Reset Mentally After A Bad Shot, According To PGA Tour Pros


Rarely during a round of golf does everything go exactly according to plan, but how you respond mentally is one of the things what separates the pros from the weekend warriors. It’s also what makes golf so maddening and addictive.

After a bad shot, it’s easy to lose focus, or maybe your brain goes into overdrive, replaying and dissecting your transgression until you’ve made it through a full 18 and your scorecard isn’t pretty. In other words, it’s extremely hard to reset mentally after a bad shot.

Overanalyzing your mistake to figure out what went wrong in the midst of your round is never a good idea. Neither is berating yourself over one lousy shot.

So what should you do when you top, shank, hook, blade, or otherwise botch a shot?

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