Ultimately, our mind has the potential to be as big as the universe. The more open our mind, the bigger it is. The more consumed by worry and petty concerns, the smaller it is. Playing your best golf comes from having the biggest mind.
If we get “ball-bound” before we swing, we lose track of the space we’re sending the ball into. A small mind interferes with making a free swing that follows through toward the target. After and good drive or iron shot, watch it fly, without a lot of comment, just appreciating the whole picture. Notice how open and expansive, how big, your mind feels. Connect with that experience and call it up before your next shot. You’ll be surprised how much more you see and feel.
When you’re present, you are simply being aware. Whatever thoughts or feelings come up, you can be aware of them without having to act on them. When you identify with awareness instead of its contents, small mind becomes big mind. You can see each thought as a little cloud floating across the big sky of your mind.
Acceptance is the key. In preparing for any shot, review all your options and adopt a strategy that minimizes risk and maximizes reward. Take a big mind perspective, seeing that even the worst result won’t be the end of the world, and that the shot you’ve planned is one you’ve accomplished many times. Remind yourself that a shot played with trust will get better results than one played with doubt. Trust brings comfort and ease, and that allows you to let go and swing freely.