Regrouping Tips to Get Your Game Back to Good


If you’ve played golf long enough, you’ve surely wanted to self-quarantine from the game from time to time. This happens when your game resembles nothing close to your normal prowess, and you’ve lost hope that your game will ever return to the place it was just two weeks prior. It’s time to regroup. 


None of our lives resembles anything close to what they were just three weeks ago, and yet, we know that we’ll come out of this unprecedented time soon enough. We have many times before. Your life will get back to normal, the economy will recover, and jobs will return. 


Here are four tips — inspired by four people who love and have studied the game — on how best to regroup as you return your game to normal. 


“A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” — Payne Stewart, winner of 11 PGA Tour events


When your golf game is in the dumps, your attitude can impact your ability to recover more than the style of your swing can. When things go sideways, get things back in line by focusing on the positives. In golf, we think about those great shots we’ve hit over our lifetime. In life, we think about the things we are grateful for. Make a list of the things you are grateful for and focus on how you can leverage those positives as you return your game back to normal. 


“The most important shot in golf is the next one.” — Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game


Forget about next week, next month or next year. There’s plenty for you to focus on today to prepare yourself for success tomorrow. In golf, you find yourself in positions you’ve never been before. You have choices to make in one moment that will impact your success for the round. The choices you make today will impact the results next week, next month and next year. Determine what choices you can make today that will lead to success tomorrow.


“You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about.” — Bobby Jones, founded the Augusta National Golf Club, co-founded the Masters Tournament


The easiest way to control the things you think about is to identify the things you can control. The things we can’t control far outweigh the things we can. If you find yourself worrying about things you can’t control, step back and take an inventory of the things you can control. 


On the golf course, you can’t move that tree or lake in front of you, but you can control the type of shot you try to hit. Focusing on what you can control will lead to better choices. 


“The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things.” — John Updike, so-so golfer, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, author of “Golf Dreams”


One of the most important elements of a golf swing is balance. Without balance, your success rate drops like a lead balloon. As you adapt to your new normal and plan for your own personal recovery from these unprecedented times, find your balance. Find time to relax, find time for your family, and find time to make sure your career stays on track. Spending too much time in any area will undoubtedly result in an errant shot.


It is time for us all to regroup, and we will. Have a positive attitude, make good choices today, focus on what you can control, and find balance. From all of us at Stick and Hack, we wish you safety and health.