The Mind of A Golfer

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE MIND IN GOLF? Truly we are seeing the power of the mind unfold in front of us.  It does not matter what your capabilities are or at what level you play golf, the mind is going to control the outcome!  Before I get to the point I want to make I […]

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE MIND IN GOLF?


Truly we are seeing the power of the mind unfold in front of us.  It does not matter what your capabilities are or at what level you play golf, the mind is going to control the outcome!  Before I get to the point I want to make I have some questions for you.  Do you have a favorite club in your bag that you “love” to hit?  One that almost every time you pull it out of the bag you hit it well, you look for a reason to hit it?  You say to yourself, “I know this is probably the wrong club to use but I can just ease up a little and get the job done,” and you do?   Do you try everything in your power not to hit the ball into the watery grave left or over the picked fence that defines the out of bounds right, inadvertently doing so?  Have you spent the whole round hitting the ball left to right only to hit a draw when the “trouble” is left? WHY do you do that?  Why can you hit a draw when the trouble is left?  Why can you do anything you want with the “favorite” club, whenever you want?  The answer my friends is in the “Power of the Mind”!

Golf, as has been said for ions, is a game played between the ears. The problem is that most do not want to commit to the power of the mind or admit that they are weak in the mind. The golfing mind that is.  The game is simple . . . hit a ball with a stick, a ball that is not moving, may I add, to a target and eventually into a hole that is almost three times larger than the ball.  Many of you have played other sports, control businesses, done things that in life are tougher than hitting a ball off of a tee or rolling a ball on the ground into a hole. Heck, you have even hit the ball into the hole from off the tee or even from the fairway or just off the green, only to say, “That was easy”.  Why, on some days is golf easy?

“Golf is easy”!  There you go, I said it.  And golf is hard!  Point Blank!  Harder than any other sport you athletes have played before.  Hard because you cannot get mad and do better; easy because you stop thinking and play.  Hard because there is too much time to think, to doubt; easy because you stop thinking.  Hard because the ball is just sitting there waiting to be hit; easy because the ball is just sitting there waiting to be hit.  Hard because you “try” not to mess up; easy because you do not think you will mess up.  Golf is a battle between you and your mind.  A battle between trying to be perfect and being good enough.  A battle between what you know you can do and what you are afraid you might do.  Hard because you have to deal with what happens and not with what you wanted to happen.  Easy because of the shots you pull off when you did not think you would, but knew you could.  That is why you play the game.  That is why you come back.

As I was saying before, we are seeing the power of the mind unfold before us in the golfing life of one Eldrick Tont Woods, “Tiger”.  This man is, in his sport, the equivalent of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to name a few. Tiger is an icon in his sport, the best of the best at what he does, “Invincible” in his own mind.

The greats of their time, in their sport, believed they were invincible and so did their competition.  I believe Tiger thought that, believed it in every aspect of his life whether it was golf, business or other.  He was trained to be “Tiger” and no one could beat him at anything he did.  Well, the rest of his competition had fallen into the same belief, as did the foes of the before mentioned greats.  All believed that they would win, would get it done, would not fail as did the competition.  So, the minds of the competition of Tiger and the others, created a doubt that they could overcome the greatness of the icons they were competing against.  They began to put unnecessary pressure on themselves and fell to the way side.  The competition could not reach the same level of controlled confidence in the mind, that the best of the best possessed and they lost the mental battle.

My thought is, in the mind of Tiger, he felt that he could do whatever he wanted, when he wanted and get the result he wanted.  This led him down the road he has currently found himself on.  He found out that he is not invincible in one aspect of his life which led to him to being vulnerable in his own mind.  Weak in his own mind, a strong mind so carefully orchestrated and built.  He still possesses the physical skills to play golf as he did before, he just does not believe he is invincible any longer nor do his competitors.  His vulnerability in life led to his losses in business and now on the golf course.  Sure it is easy to say he is going through tough times and it is true, but I am here to teach you how to control your mind to get the results you want.  I believe that Tigers mental game is not a by product of the media but a by product of his realization that he cannot do whatever he wants.  He learned that in life and business and the rest of the golfing world is seeing the results of a fragile mind, a doubtful mind, a mind that is lacking in confidence.  Which has subsequently created a surge in confidence in the minds of his competitors, a confidence that was lacking, until now!  Now they see the vulnerability and have a peaceful mental confidence which allows them to believe, in their own mind, they can win.

I bring this topic to you because for years I believed that the tour players would step their game up and challenge Tiger, they did not.  Not because of a lack of effort but because they did not believe they could do what was needed.  They believed they had to play perfect to have any chance at all, they put pressure on themselves, on their own psyche.  The best know they only have to play their game to win, everybody else thinks they have to play above and beyond to win.  Now the mind of Tiger believes it is beatable and so does the competition.  Tiger was trained to be “Tiger,” second to none, never chasing.  He was never trained to come from behind.  He was trained to be out in front, never looking back, seeing the objective with nothing in the way.  He now has to learn to be something he was never trained to be, second best.  Now when he looks at his goal it is littered with obstacles.    He is part of the pack not the leader anymore.  He, in his own mind, is no longer Tiger Woods.  His mind sees it and his competition believes it.  Tiger must now learn how to do something he has never been trained to do, not be Tiger Woods.

Once the mind looses focus or focuses on things that are not pertinent to the task at hand, the results are not what is desired.  You must first believe you are going to do what it is you want to do, so what you see happening, happens.  In golf  and in “others”.

I want to bring to the table a debate I found myself in the other day that I could not comprehend.  I would like your opinions regarding this thought.  It was brought to my attention that Tiger is not loosing because of any other reason than business.  The comment was that Tiger is loosing on purpose!  He is “throwing” tournaments so when he comes back, it will be more dramatic, which will in turn allow him to get more sponsors then he ever had before.  Tiger is taking a dive!

What do you think?

Believe it in your mind and. . .

Golf Your Way“!

JB

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5 Responses to “The Mind of A Golfer”

  1. Magdalena A. says:

    I’d be inclined to play ball with you one this subject. Which is not something I typically do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

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