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 Lower Your Golf Score by Increasing Your Golf IQ 
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Lower Your Golf Score by Increasing Your Golf IQ
by: John Hitchcock

Your goal of learning how to play better golf is shared by most golfers, but it often doesn’t work out that way.

When you walk to the first tee you are full of optimism, but leave the 18th hole frustrated and vowing never to hit three balls into the lake on holes four and five again.

You know how fantastic the game of golf can be.

You know how terrorizing the game of golf can be.

There is a simple fact. Most of us are never going to score like Ernie or Phil. In fact, if you’re like the “most of us,” your average score hovers right around 100 for eighteen holes. Plus, if the average golfer really followed all the rules, their score would usually be three or four strokes over the century mark.

While I was growing up as a golfer my father taught me some important lessons that showed me how to score better without improving my swing.

His swing was far from perfect, yet in that important five-inch zone of clubface meeting the ball, he was doing the proper thing. He hit the ball and produced the resounding "click" we all savor. Not only the click, but the path of the club sent the ball in the proper direction.

His swing wasn't pretty; swing plane too flat, super-closed stance, abbreviated follow through and probably his weight shift was a bit suspect.

Yet he proved it’s totally possible for a golfer with a less than perfect swing to score really well. He did that simply by adopting a proper attitude towards playing the game with a flawed swing but a golf-brilliant mind.

The supplemental lessons carried critical results. Those days on the course with my father showed me the importance of consistent integrity, how to be gracious in both victory and defeat and how to control emotions no matter what the problems or victories being experienced.

In many ways, the game of golf radically reflects the reality of life. That reflection is reciprocal in that to do well at golf you need to illustrate many of the characteristics of living that give you a good life. By the same token, the characteristics you need in order to play good golf can also help you achieve a better life.

Golf has been a game for the ages. It can also become a game for your life.

About The Author
John Hitchcock is a career teacher of science, published author and avid golfer.

As a teacher, he has explored and researched the use of the mind in any task we undertake.

Discover how your brain can improve your golf game by visiting the site

For the broader use of our mind, especially in the area of memory and critical thinking, go to

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