The iPhone has this one annoying feature when we text called auto-correct. Haven’t we all sent text messages that auto-corrects one word and the entire message becomes whacked? Okay, even sometimes amusingly. We then have to quickly follow-up with another text. We knew what we wanted to say, but auto-correct had other ideas.
Our golf game has an auto-correct feature. We line up for a 6-foot putt. After reading the line and knowing that it is a right edge putt, we stand over the ball and are ready to stroke the putt. Except at the very last second we turn into an iPhone.
We become an iPhone because we autocorrect our own play. Even though we were ready to commit to the right edge of the putt, at the very last second, we autocorrect, and pick a different line.
Now autocorrect is sometimes effective on our phone, but it is rarely, if ever, effective when we play. Almost always, the putt isn’t going in if we didn’t commit 100%. But a worse thing actually results from auto-correct. We become upset because we missed the putt, but more upset because we didn’t trust our line or ourselves.
Remove the auto-correct feature in your play.
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Dr. Rob Bell is a Sport Psychology coach based in Indianapolis. DRB & Associates works with athletes, coaches, and teams building their Mental Toughness. His 2nd book titled The Hinge: The Importance of Mental Toughness will be released soon. Twitter: @drrobbell