There are tons of video clips online of golf shots that make the crowd roar. Whether the it is an Ace, a hole out, an amazing putt or a shot from tough lie. I believe they all have one thing in common. Imagination. If you cannot imagine the ball going in the hole or making it to your intended target before you make the shot then you probably should find another sport to play.
Most golfers give up too easily, allowing their emotions to take the lead. If you want to set yourself apart from the pack, start looking at every situation as an opportunity to use your imagination. First, take a breath and relax. Next, change your perspective of where your ball lies and look at the shot from a different vantage point. Now imagine the path of the ball and think about the approach you need to take to make it happen. Take the shot. Does this mean that the outcome is guaranteed? Absolutely not, but instead of giving up, you gave yourself a chance.
I remembered seeing this concept among others in the movie Seven Days in Utopia and I was inspired to share it with my junior golfers by challenging them to make Christmas socks. The socks, however, had to be socks that they already owned or created from materials that they had available to them at home. No outside purchase of materials was allowed.
A week later, they returned having had a lot of fun using their imagination. They discovered that it did not require a lot of effort to make the socks. It was easy to create the socks because they thought about what the socks could look like first. They thought about how to change the appearance of the socks which is basically the same as changing your viewpoint of a difficult shot of the golf course. Then they made the changes which is same as taking the shot on the golf course.