The only thing that gets me annoyed is mental lapses, particularly over or under clubbing just grinds my gears quicker than anything else, there simply is no excuse for it other than not processing the situation properly and just numb minded actions. More often I hit the ball beautifully just to see it land 10 feet past the hole and roll off the back or for some stupid reason not take wind into account well enough and hit the middle of a false front and roll back 30 yards, I have no excuse for these types of mistakes since I laser the distance on every approach and that's why I get mad at this particular thing. Bad shots because of a bad swing are physical errors that can be improved upon over time.
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My temper has improved significantly over the course of the last 5 years. I was never a yeller (OK, maybe I was), but I was a club-thrower, a complainer, an excuse-maker, etc... Some things have changed in my life off the course, and with some medication I have been on for a while, my entire attitude has shifted.
I'm still as passionate as I ever have been, but I am am much more cognizant of different aspects of golf (and life).
My wife is in management and her favorite quote is "Control the controllables, manage everything else."
We can't control everything in golf (especially an opponent's shot, quality of play), so just make a plan, execute that plan, review that plan when done, modify that plan, implement the modifications, etc...
For me, the big thing is eliminating the things I can control (3-putts, missed greens from within 60 yards, and eliminate all penalty strokes). If I do that, and shoot an 82 (net 70) and someone beats me, congratulations to them.
If I do start 3-putting, flubbing chips, etc... who am I going to get mad at? Of course only me, but what good would that do. Goes back to the old Bobby Jones quote: "Golf is played on a 5 1/2 inch course, the one between your ears."