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The goal of golf: Put the ball in the hole

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Imagine you have never played the game of golf. You arrive at the course and your friend explains the rules of the game. After a few basic questions, you grab your clubs and head to the first tee.

Prior to hitting your first shot, your friend reminds you of something relatively important to the game:

“The objective of the game is to PUT THE BALL IN THE HOLE.”

You smile, pick your target and swing. It’s a perfect strike down the middle, so you’re positioned right in the middle of the fairway. You get ready to hit your next shot, and once again your friend reminds you:

“The objective of the game is to PUT THE BALL IN THE HOLE.”

You smile, pick your target and swing. Whoooosh, it’s another great shot. Now you’re lying in the center of the green. Eagerly, you step up to the ball and get ready to hit your putt. But before you do, your helpful golfing friend is ready to share his simple putting tip with you.

He stands behind your ball and shows you how to envision a line going from your ball to the hole. He then has you stand over the cup, and pick the exact blade of grass where the ball will enter the cup. He tells you how important it is to get very specific with your target on EVERY putt. You then walk back to your ball and get ready to putt.

Standing over the ball, you are focused on that exact blade of grass you saw. Totally fixated on it, you feel like that is the only thing that exists in the world. As you stare at it for a couple of seconds, you start smiling. You’re smiling because you know you are going to make it. All your energy is totally committed to putting the ball in the holeWOW, what a great feeling!

You hit the putt and watch the ball roll over the imaginary line you saw in your mind. Your eyes are now widening, as you watch it roll closer and closer to the hole. You rejoice as you watch the ball fall into the cup, and make this beautifully unique sound. You high-five your friend, thank him for the great advice and head to the next hole.

It is imperative when you play golf to really focus on your target. It is equally as important to remember the objective of the game.

“PUT THE BALL IN THE HOLE!”

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Greg is a Performance Coach who shows serious golfers how to get on the fast track to success. As the creator behind the revolutionary Professional Performance System and Team Performance Program, Greg continually reports unprecedented results with his clients. Greg's speaking engagements and press representations include, among others: FOX Sports, HuffingtonPost.com, GolfWRX, NBC and ESPN radio, Merrill Lynch, British Petroleum, Microsoft, the PGA and a host of leading high schools and universities. If you are serious about playing Your Best Golf Ever, contact Greg directly. Email: greg@mymentalgamecoach.com Phone: 716.830.0808

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  1. Bob

    Feb 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I had a laminated card under the glass on my desk which read “ Get the ball in the hole” it apples to more than golf.

  2. Pingback: The goal of golf: Put the ball in the hole | My Mental Game Coach

  3. Sean

    Jun 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    You wouldn’t know that reading some of threads on the equipment forum. 🙂

  4. John

    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Best instructional article in a while.

    • Greg Liberto

      Jul 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thanks John, glad you enjoyed it, please feel free to share with your golfing friends !!! Greg

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