Golf is a friendly, sociable game, and it should be played that way. Unfortunately, however, it is not always easy to be sociable and still maintain the concentration that you must have to play your best. Some people who watch me in tournaments get the idea that I am too single-minded and taciturn to get any fun out of golf. This is not so. I am actually pretty talkative on the course, and I enjoy the-company of my fellow competitors as much as anyone on the tour. But I have had to work out a way of being able to be friendly and still gather my full concentration when I am about to hit a shot. Since this is a problem that is common to all golfers, my solution might work well for you, too.
As you first walk up to the ball, think what kind of shot would be perfect for the occasion—high, low, hook, fade, etc. This will snap your mind back to the job at hand. Second, as you get set to hit the shot, try to concentrate on just one thing that you want to do during the swing. It might be "keep your head down," or "look at the divot after you've hit," or "make a full shoulder turn." Thinking of something specific will insure that your mind is not wandering at the moment it must be attending to business.