Obee, on 07 December 2018 - 02:45 PM, said:
Talking to oneself with joy and positivity is not the same as dispassionately observing, which should be the goal, IMHO.
In other words, if I think to myself, "What a lovely shot and I daresay what a lovely day it is today" as my ball over-hooks into the water to a tucked left pin, then I've done nothing that will help me get better in the future.
The goal is not to be "positive," it's to be aware -- the entire time from the "think box" to the "play box" and while the ball is in the air, all the way until the ball has stopped moving (and beyond, if you want to keep extending it).
We can't learn if we're not paying attention. And we can't pay attention if we're filling our heads with sayings, positive or negative. :-)
Interesting perspective, which then leads to the question if you place no value, no judgement on the quality of the shot you just hit, how do you memory bank it for recall later? How do you transfer that feel, that feedback to your memory? One will often recall a positive experience, if they have one in their memory, before hitting a successful shot (i.e. " I love this shot, I just had the same shot two holes ago, or last week on this hole, or I was hitting this club on the range and grooving it.") as opposed to the person who recalls the ball that over hooked into the water and then proceeds to over hook their next shot into the junk. Or do you recall nothing?