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In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • Why your warm up is ruining your round without you realizing it (0:57)
  • The little known trick only the pros do after they 3-put a hole that protects them from sabotaging the rest of their round (1:49)
  • How Jack Nicklaus retrained his brain to “black out” any 3-put he’s ever had (3:26)
  • The secret for oozing confidence – especially after a bad shot (4:03)
  • Why “the shanks” stalk amatuer golfers for weeks or even months afterward (5:05)
  • The subtle mindset shift that can stop your score from exploding after a bad shot (6:35)
  • What the best golfers do every day to improve their game (that has nothing to do with golf) (8:15)
  • The #1 thing that separates professional golfers from amatuer golfers (9:24)
  • The “3-5 minute trick” to improving your score by 1-5 shots (13:04)

Find out about the 3 most common mistakes that sabotage your game before you tee-off at: https://mygolfcode.com

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It's time for a new episode of faith and fairways with the founder, Brad Thorberg, who after more than 16,000 lessons taught to over 2000 golfers, has discovered the most forgotten and overlooked part of your golf game that is keeping you from playing your most consistent and confident golf ever. Now here's your host, Brad Thorberg.

What’s up fellow golfers, members of the birdie crew. Brad here, another episode of faith and fairways podcast this week, all about forgetfulness, all about how being forgetful will help you play better golf.

00:37 Dive into that today. Talk about how forgetting will help you just be more relaxed and be more confident and simple. You know, analogy, there's, and we've all been there. So this is my own personal experience. I mean, imagine when you've gone out and played golf yourself. I've been there. I can remember vividly times I've gone out, warmed up on the practice screen incorrectly, which I used to do. Meaning I'm hitting 10, 12 foot putts and not making a single one. And then I just, before I go to the first tee, I'm just trying to make a couple, four or five footers and lip one or two out, only see one go in and run into the first tee and now I have no confidence when I get over putz. Or maybe you didn't even hit putts and you get and you play the first couple holes, you miss a couple of short putts.

01:26 To me that seems to be one that's always easy for me to go back to to where I don't forget about missing them. I constantly think and dwell on those putts I miss. So they're from the front of my mind and I am just lacking confidence because of it. Because I can't let go of the past. I can't forget what had happened. And what great players do is they completely forget about their bad shots. They completely forget about three putts. They don't ever remember him, but the reason we struggle and have a really bad round is when we start like that. We can't forgive her. Like, Oh, here we go again. I can't believe I missed that. So then you get over every pup from then on and all you think about is the one you missed cause you haven't let it go. You haven't forgot about it.

02:12 And we have to learn how to forget. We have to learn how to replace those memories with positive memories to where we almost talk as if we're constantly playing career best rounds, weekend and week out. That's the kind of attitude and conversation we need to have moving forward. You know, we've got to tune out the bad shots and only remember the good. So we have to learn how to be forgetful by forgetting the bad shots. You know, Jack Nicholas, he was pretty good guy. He was pretty good golfer. Jack was and you know, he was giving a presentation and he talked about how he had never missed or he never, I believe he never three putted to end a major championship. He never three petted into championship and a guy in the crowd call them out on it. I said, no, you meant you three putted the 18th hole, which I, you know, 72nd hole, you know, for four rounds of golf.

03:11 But he's like, no, you three putted at this. I think it was like a us open and Jack goes, no, I did not just completely a hundred percent confident he did not. And even though he did three putt, that 72nd hole that U S open, he was still in the mindset that he had never done it because he had trained his brain to forget three putting in general. So how do you do that? How do you train your brain to completely forget about it? Now there's a few things there and this is how you're going to be able to take some action to start working on this, but this is powerful stuff. You know, we're getting into mindset cause golf truly is 90% between your ears and bad shots are going to happen. You know, we talked about that, you know, previous episode of how you know you can win with bad shots.

04:00 His golf's a game of bad shots. They're going to happen as the person who forgets about the bad shot, who forgets about missing the three footer, who forgets about hitting a lot of chunky shots on the driving range before they go to that first tee box who loses confidence in his relaxed. But if you can't learn to forget the bad and replace them with good memories, you're going to really, really struggle. So we gotta learn how to forget the bad and remember the good if we got to find the good. So when you do miss a three foot pie, you gotta tune that out and you have to go right into your pre shot routine and you appreciate routine needs to be telling you, Hey, I've made hundreds of these. I've made more than I have missed. I make nine out of 10 from three feet.

04:45 There's no reason I should ever miss this putt. You know, just in fact, I made a putt just like this three holes ago, or on the practice screen or last week. But you gotta start replacing the previous bad memory with the good memory. That's how we got to start doing it. We got to build it into our pre-shot routine. I mean, think about, you know the shanks. Yeah. No one likes to hear that word. I like to call them hollow rockets or HR department, but when they show up, why do they show up for the amateur golfer and stick with you for the whole course of around or week or month? Some people, even a season, I've seen it versus a tour player. You'll see occasionally, you know, shank went out of a bunker or something and you'll never do it again. And it's because they tune it out.

05:32 They completely replace that memory, knowing, Hey, I'm a good player. I can hit the middle of face. I've done it hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times, thousands of times more than I've ever hit the hozzle. So they're able to recall upon how good they've hit a shot from the next situation versus dwelling on, Oh gosh, I hope this doesn't happen again. I can't believe that just happened. I just hit it off the hozzle. How terrible. What are people thinking you? I can't believe that just happened. I mean you dwell and dwell and dwell on a tour. You're just so tense and so anxious over the ball that it happens again. Or you completely abandoned your game plan and you start thinking of how to swing the club. You think you need to do something different. You think you need to change your grip or tuck your arm in on that next three foot pack cause you missed the last one and you started cycling through thoughts and you completely abandoned your pre-round cheat sheet warm up and just start playing golf swing and golf thought instead of playing golf shot and boom, blow up horrendous round all because we're not controlling what our mind is thinking about.

06:40 And that is so powerful. So we've got to retrain our brain. We got to start finding the good or the positive or remembering upon the best shot. So one, we got to build it into our pre-shot routine. Your pre-shot routine after a bad shot should be alright. It's going to start here. It's going to end here. I've hit this shot hundreds of times in the middle of face. There's no reason this one's not going to be perfect, or if it's a short putt and you missed one on the previous hole, or you just missed a forefoot, or do you have a three foot or coming back and you're nervous as all get out, you got to say, Hey, I've made so many putts from three foot, this is even shorter. I've made hundreds of these. When I practice again, practice comes back to we gotta be able to practice Bouneff practice. I make nine out of ten three feet. This one's guaranteed to go in just like I've done thousands of times before. Step up confidently with the exact same routine you have when you practice and you play on every hole regardless if you make or miss and step up and hit it. But you gotta start building that positive recollection, so to speak, into your pre-shot routine on all your shots that will help you forget,

07:51 Even though Brad has cracked the code to consistently breaking 90 there are still three major mistakes he's found from working with over 2000 clients that will sabotage your round before you get to the first tee head to www.mygolfcode.com now to receive your free guide where he outlines all three polls and provides you with some easy action steps to start playing more consistent golf today.

08:15 You have to start doing some visualization techniques. The best players in the world did this every day for 30 minutes to an hour. We need to start doing it literally five 10 minutes first thing in the morning on a day or playing golf and then 10 minutes in the car right after before we leave the golf course and it doesn't take off literally in five minutes. You can think through every shot you just had on the golf course and what you want to do, you know in the morning is think through how are you going to play that course and shoot your career around by two or three shots or club or you're going to use off of what T, you know, visualize where you're putting yourself in the fairway. Visualize making those birdie putts, chipping it close or chipping it in. You gotta visualize that. But after the round is where it's where it's made.

09:02 Just like in fitness, you know, when I work with clients on personal training and and you know, fitness for the golf swing in nutrition, I say the most important thing when it comes to working out is your recovery is repairing your body so it can get out there and get after it. The very next day we got to recover, we got to repair, we got to have the right nutrition and post workout recovery and sleep to where you're able then to work out and push your body to another level. The next day. Recovery to me is the number one thing when we're working out or trying to reach health and wellness goals. And that's the same when you have a bad round or golf or you just have an average round of golf or even when you have a great round of golf. You know I've talked about that.

09:51 I remember when I shot my best round ever, I birdied the first five holes in a row. Bogeyed six part seven 38 and nine I made seven birdies in a bogey shot, 30 on the front. My best nine holes I've ever had, but all I could talk about was the bogey I made for like the next week. So I dwelled and dwelled all about the bogey and that's the same as not recovering correctly because now I'm dwelling on the bad shot. Thinking of how bad that was, how I chunked the approach shot short of the green on the par three six and then I got to cautious with my chip and conservative and left that about six feet short and missed the pot I dwelled on. I can still picture it because I didn't erase that memory. We gotta erase that memory. So after the round is more important than before the round visualizing.

10:44 So if you like I, I don't have 20 minutes, I maybe have five to 10 well then recovery is most important. Just like working out recovery. After your round of golf, what does that look like? It looks like you sitting in the car and going back through your round of golf and revisualize ING it except where you hit a bad shot. You erase it. Meaning it's whole one, you know, I think back hole one and I can just go through my hometown country code, but you know whole one driver off the tee, it's a par five that kind of bends right then back left. It's reachable to get there to, you know, I've had an albatross there so I can sit there and go, all right. Even though my tee shot went left in a trees and I punched out and I hit a wedge that spun off the green, I chunked my chip and I had to Putin for bogey.

11:32 I can replace that by saying, Hey, I hit my tee shot into the trees, but then I hit this great punch out, followed by a wedge that I hit to about five feet and I made the birdie, I'm replacing the bad shots. I could even replace the tee shot if I want it, but I'm rethinking my round in how I want to remember it. And you need to go through and do that. So if you've missed some three footers or you had some really poor contact, you need to go back through your round and erase it. So now you just started thinking, I mean, think of that. I talked through that whole I, it took me what, 10 seconds to talk through that whole, but you got to start talking through your round of golf post round and recovery or brain in the right way of saying, Hey, yeah, I hit that shot solid.

12:15 So I'm finding the good of a solid tee shot that went a little bit left in the trees. I hit a great punch out. Notice how I use it. Great. You know? And instead of a pitching wedge, I should have used a nine and that nine would have been perfect. I would have made, you know, I would have hit it to five feet and I would have drained that birdie putt. Hold to yo, hold to, I hit a great nine iron to the middle of the green two putted for par. Perfect. I don't need to change anything about that. It was a good solid hole. So I'm finding the good in the bad shots. I'm replacing some of the poor decisions or poor shots with what a better shot would have been and employing that round in my head, five, six shots, better. One or two shots better depending on where your ability level is, it's going to look different for each of you.

13:01 Depending on where you're at. You gotta go through your round and and delete the bad shots and replace them with what you should've done. So then when you flip it around and you play golf three days later on Saturday and you're visualizing your round a golf, you're right back into thinking how you're going to play that round. And it's fresh in your mind of all the good, Hey, this is how I'm going to play it. This is going to end up so much better this time through because I'm going to do this. I'm going to hit this club off of this tee. I'm going to play this shot from here. You know, I'm gonna, you know, drain these putts. You're, you're picturing it, you're seeing it because you're training your brain pre-round and post round deleting the bats you don't even remember. So you can be like Jack Nicklaus, 1520 years down the road and completely have blacked out any memory of ever three putting the 72nd hole of a major championship even though there's video proof that he did, but he himself doesn't believe he ever did because he's so powerful and controlling his mind and deleting out the bad.

14:02 And that's what we need to start training. So start visualizing your round of golf, all positive thoughts, all solid contact. How are you going to manage it with your game that morning of you can do it while you're in the shower. It only takes five minutes, guys, five minutes. But the most important thing just like working out is recovery and you need to recover your brain post ground, especially if it didn't go the way you wanted. And you just got to sit in your car and give yourself three to five minutes and go back to your round and delete out the bad shots. Put in what you should have done or how better contact would have put you in the score you would've made and you're going to just be so much more positive. And for those of you who are married or have a significant other, they're going to appreciate it because you're going to come home so much more positive cause you're going to be talking in words of I was so close, I was so close to shooting four shots better.

14:55 I was right there man. This, you know I can't wait to get out there and play on Saturday cause I know exactly what I'm going to do. It keeps you in a positive, find the good mentality moving forward. You're just constantly seeing the better shots, how to better execute in your, in just a better place in your mind. From now on. So that is how being forgetful will help you play better golf. Guaranteed. It sounds crazy, but I guarantee you, you will be having more fun, more relax. And you will start to see this over the course of a month or two transition and just a more positive self-belief, oozing confidence as you're walking around the golf course type of swagger. You just got to start implementing it. You gotta be consistent with it. So that is how forgetting will help you play better golf. Tune in next week. Next week, we are going to dive into the simplest way to start making more putts. We're going to help you start making more putts. The simplest way to start doing it and what not to do and what you probably already do that's now helping you. We're going to dive into that next week, so stay tuned until then. Remember to find the good swing. Easy. We'll talk to y'all soon.

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