Re­mem­ber to play ag­gres­sively

The Signal - - Golf - with Hans Ker­st­ing

I’d like to chal­lenge each of you to be­gin play­ing golf more ag­gres­sively. What does this mean? Ag­gres­sive golf means to push your lim­its by tak­ing more risks on the golf course. On some of those holes where you might typ­i­cally not hit your driver be­cause of po­ten­tial dan­ger off the tee, I’d like for you to chal­lenge your­self by hit­ting that driver.

I truly be­lieve that many golfers “hand­cuff” them­selves by play­ing too con­ser­va­tively on the course.

Con­ser­va­tive play on the course can be a safer method of play­ing, but you’ll never reach your true po­ten­tial as a golfer un­til you chal­lenge your­self to play more ag­gres­sively.

Con­ser­va­tive golf of­ten be­gins through the fear of hit­ting your golf ball into trou­ble. This fear can af­fect your abil­ity to be truly com­mit­ted to your shot.

Chal­lenge your­self to take more chances on the golf course, and be con­fi­dent once you’ve made that de­ci­sion.

There is no ques­tion that the great­est golfers in the world learned how to over­come their fears and play more ag­gres­sively. We need to learn from them and be­gin do­ing the same thing.

The next time you go to the course, start swing­ing a bit harder.

Don’t fear the con­se­quence of a shot hit off line. Your liveli­hood does not de­pend on the re­sults of your golf shots. Play dif­fer­ently and play with a greater pur­pose.

Once you reach the putting green, fo­cus on mak­ing your first putt rather than just lag­ging it close to the hole. This may re­sult in a few more three-putts ini­tially, but it may also re­sult in a few more one-putts.

If noth­ing else, chal­leng­ing your­self to play more ag­gres­sively will make the game more in­ter­est­ing for you.

You’ll be at­tempt­ing shots you haven’t tried be­fore, and this will al­low for you to even­tu­ally reach your true po­ten­tial as a golfer.

You may be sur­prised at how good you can be­come.

The next time you go to the course, start swing­ing a bit harder.

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