Expectations Revisited

Question: “What’s the most important shot in golf? Answer: “The NEXT one”

I know that you know that.

So, what can you name that will interfere with your ability to pull off THE NEXT SHOT?

Among many things, I can think of two that have to do with expectations:

  1. Expectations about what we think SHOULD happen next.
  2. Expectations unmet from the previous shot.

A couple weeks ago at the Alert Attitude of Indifference 2-Day playing school in Phoenix, we had a great discussion around ten mental game strategies you can build to improve your play and your overall golf experience

Tim Graves and Chandler Rusk lead a mental game discussion at the Alert Attitude of Indifference School in Phoenix, AZ.

One of those strategies is this: Leave Hope and Expectation in the Car

One of the students – a very talented and successful Single Plane Swing golfer – commented that he understood about not playing with Hope ( Moe used to tell people “…you don’t need hope.”) But he was having trouble getting his head around dropping all expectation.

I appreciated the candor. The concept is a little unconventional. After all, aren’t we supposed to EXPECT to do well? Aren’t we supposed to EXPECT to make that important putt? (He certainly does!)

Well, maybe. And you can take expectations out onto the course if you want to. But I believe that there is a more powerful mindset from which to play the game. And it involves dropping expectation altogether.

It involves staying present and in the moment so that the shot you just flubbed doesn’t impact the most important shot in golf – the NEXT ONE!

Check out this article I wrote a couple years ago that addresses expectation in our game…and how it showed up for one golfer on the PGA Tour.


Have a wonderful holiday season. I look forward to a great year of Single Plane Golf in 2020!

All the best.


Paul Monahan

Paul Monahan

Paul Monahan is an International Coach Federation (ICF) - credentialed coach working in the arena of human potential. Paul’s clients are leaders, executives, athletes and musicians who are serious about transforming how they perform in critical moments. His experiences in leadership and development over a highly-successful 25-year corporate career have created powerful context and understanding for the leaders and executives he coaches. Additionally, his passions and experiences in sports and music have uniquely positioned Paul to profoundly impact his clients in those areas as well.

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