In the midst of the round of your life, it’s hard not to step on to the 17th or 18th tee without thinking about what it would be like to finish up with the lowest score you’ve ever shot, but that’s what you should strive to do. Always play one shot at a time. The more you think about the par you need to make on the next hole or the birdie you just made on the previous hole, the less concentrated you will be on the shot at hand. Great golfers have a short memory. Whether they make a 2 or an 8, it’s on to the next hole. Any shot you’ve already hit is over and done with, so there’s no point in dwelling on it. So, if you’re standing on the 18th tee and you need a par to shoot 79, don’t sweat it. It’s just a game. Go through your normal routine, try to relax and make a good swing. In the words of the famous Ben Hogan, “The most important shot in golf is always the next one.”


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