Posted by: tjmorrey | January 12, 2012

Bad Swings Happen! Ten tips to Get Over It!

I just made a horrific swing! My ball went in the lake, and there goes my greatest round ever. We’ve all said this at one point in another to ourselves or to our friends. The natural thing to do is be angry, stressed out, and let it ruin the rest of your round or even day. The reality is, even the best professional golfers in the world make bad swings. (They just don’t do it as often as your average sunday golfer). The main point I’m making is: What are you going to do about it? Are you going to let that bad swing define the rest of your game? Are you going to quit because you always make a bad swing at the wrong time? NO, I won’t let you. What separates the winners from the losers is getting back on the horse after he just kicked you in the mouth. Take control! Make the next shot your best one of the day, and keep that mentality until your in the parking lot talking to your buddies about how great your recovery was after you hit it in the water. Here are some tips that I’ve acquired throughout my experience:

1. LAUGH! I know it sounds weird, but honestly whenever I hit a bad shot I laugh about it, not hysterically, just a simple chuckle. It helps keep the anger out of my mind.

2.  You can curse, sometimes it does make people feel better. I understand it’s going to happen. Just don’t let it happen all the time. Whisper the curse words to yourself, or put your hat over your mouth so others can’t read your lips.

3. Count to 5,10, 20, 50, or 100. However long it will take you to forget you made a bad swing and you notice yourself counting for no reason. Trust me it works, and you will gradually improve on how long it takes you to get over it. You may have to start at 100 but if you keep doing it your going to get tired of counting and realize that your over the bad shot after counting to 3.

4. Crack a joke. You don’t have to right away but maybe a few minutes after the shot when you start to look at the future of your round and get those negative thoughts going through your head, it tricks your mind to thinking about telling the joke rather than what’s happening with your golf game.

5. Sing a song. Now I don’t expect you to all of a sudden act like your Kelly Clarkson on stage and start singing at the top of your lungs (actually try it, could be funny). But just sing to your self or hum to yourself. Even sing a song that you just made up: “I just hit a bad shot and I do it a lot, but it’s all I got.” I don’t know whatever song pops into your head.

6. Think about something positive or funny. Share it with others randomly if you want. You can think of things like: Remember that time TJ posted on his blog that youtube video of that guy losing it on the golf course. That will help you get over things quickly.

7. Take a look around you. Most likely your playing with enjoyable people. Hopefully its a nice day out. Take it all in. Enjoy that your just playing a game. Or would you rather be stuck behind a cubicle at some dead end job, looking a your facebook page. (that’s what I thought) ENJOY!

8.Take a deep breath. This works wonders for me. It not only calms you down but notice your heart rate goes down as well and your not strangling that club as hard as you can on the next shot.

9. Walk it out. Not a problem at all, even if you have a cart. Most likely there’s two of you in the cart, let them drive and you just take a nice stroll down the fairway and refer back to the previous steps.

10. On the next shot talk to yourself on how your going to hit this one. Stay positive. Talk about everything from the distance you have, to what club your going to hit, and whether you want to hit it on the green or in the fairway. For example: I just hit on in the lake, (refer to previous steps) then say okay, that’s over and done with. Now I have 180 yards, I’m going to hit a 6 iron a little left of the flag so it hits that mound and rolls right next to the cup. Try it, comes with practice, but it helps you stay in the NOW! If you focus on that shot and that shot alone, you can’t think about the past or the future, your just thinking about this shot right now.

You don’t have to do all 10 of these tips at once. Maybe pick one and try it out, if it doesn’t work try another one. Find out what works for you in order to stay positive and produce a better shot than the last one you just hit. If you have any other ones that I missed and it helps you through thick and thin, let me know. I could always use the extra advice no matter what it is.

Posted by: tjmorrey | January 11, 2012

Stop throwing clubs you look dumb!

Now I realize there is a stigma in golf that you need to show no emotion, always have a stone face that makes you look focused and hardcore. I’d say that’s true if you are Tiger Woods playing for the U.S Open Championship. That doesn’t have to be you. Every golfer has a different style of showing emotion.

If you want to get to know somebody in one day, take them golfing. You will learn almost all you need to know about that person after a round of golf. Believe it or not, I’ve had many great and terrible experiences with people that I just met in four and a half hours playing golf. I’ve played with people who are funny, outgoing, enjoyable playing partners to be around. These people also allow you to become more relaxed and loosen up ultimately playing a free flowing, good game of golf. On the flip side, there are those angry, hot-tempered, cursing, club-throwing people who make you think they are going to rip your head off if you ask them what they scored on the last hole.

We all have our pet peeves with everyday life, our professions, and hobbies. Mine are the golfers who yell out curse words, slam their clubs against the ground and most of all throw their clubs after a bad shot. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’ve never done these things. I am absolutely guilty of doing these things once or twice in my life, especially when I was younger. As I became more mature and more professional with my game I realized quickly that when I do these things, I really look dumb. It’s true! When people do these things it’s kind of comical because of how much you look like an idiot. It’s not cool; it doesn’t show how passionate you are. It’s just plain embarrassing.

Life is way too short to get mad over a bad shot playing a game of golf. Nowadays golf clubs are becoming more expensive and valuable that when you slam your club in the ground possibly bending or breaking it your out a couple hundred dollars. Or say you shot-put the club across the course like your in the Olympics, then can’t find it, your down one less club for the rest of the day and your paying for it. You certainly don’t want to look like this guy, playing with your boss or a respective client. (WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised for language!! Check your volume as well.)

Stay tuned to my next blog for tips on how to get over a bad shot, bad hole, or bad round of golf.

Posted by: tjmorrey | January 6, 2012

What’s Your Dream? Are you Chasing it?

I whack a small white ball with weird dimples into a gopher hole, and believe it or not, I do it for money. As easy as all that sounds, I would say the sport of golf  is one of the most grinding, stressful, rewarding, sports in the world.  In my blogs, I will be talking about the wonderful world of golf through my experiences. I will talk about all the pressures, rewards, hardships and highlights. I will be posting my progress as well, taking you with me on my adventures of professional golf and beyond. I will also be giving some advice to those of you out there who are thinking of picking up a golf club for the first time or trying to win your club championship at your local course.

We all have dreams! Dreams of becoming a fire fighter, a doctor, a deep sea diver, or even just be able to travel across the world. My dream is to play professionally on the PGA Tour, traveling all over the world, playing some of the most prestigious and amazing golf courses anyone has ever seen. Through my amazing parents and a number of wonderful supporters in the Reno, NV area that I am forever blessed to have, I’ve had the opportunity to chase my ultimate dream. The chase has been anything but easy so far, I’ve had to become more disciplined in my routine, make some necessary sacrifices, and provide myself with a hardworking focused regiment. All of which I will talk about more extensively throughout my blog posts.

Passion can take you a long way! So can positive energy and inspiration. There are times when I don’t believe I should be doing what I’m doing. There are times where I tell myself I should quit or I don’t belong. There are even times where I get people telling me I don’t belong and I need to go get a real job. I always lead myself back to my original reason for chasing my ultimate dream and that’s: I’m doing what I love to do and there’s absolutely no reason for me to give up. I’ve been using these tools to help shape who I am as a person, a pro golfer, and a student of the game. I love using humor as well to help cope with my bad times or tough days. Humor can switch one bad swing or one terrible round into a more enjoyable experience.

I really hope you enjoy my blog, and I hope I can inspire you somehow to chase your dream no matter what it may be!

For another example on inspiration positive energy and chasing a dream. Check this article out about a rock climber.

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