Wade Pearse, a mental coach, posted an excellent article on Mike Pedersen’s golf blog. In this article he discusses a few ways to make the rules of golf work to your advantage. Here’s an excellent excerpt:
No matter what occurs during a round of golf treat it with a curious, almost excited state of mind. You might say to yourself after hitting O.B., “Ok, how cool will it be when I get a bogie on this hole even after hitting O.B.?” I teach players to keep the exact same perspective on a birdie or a quad. After a bad hole where a rule seemed to cost a stroke my players know it had nothing to do with the rules.
They immediately gather their attention and double their focus. Unlike the majority of players who turn an already bad hole into a nightmare and let the round get away from them.
Check out the whole article, it really is a must-read.