The Mind Zone using past success to create Champions
(Originally published in Essex Golfer Magazine April 2018)
At last there are signs of spring and of course. The Masters Tournament is imminent! Shrouded in history with a tremendous pedigree of past winners, I’m sure it is on every golfers bucket list to take a trip up Magnolia Lane and step onto that course.
But what would go through your mind, as you stood on that tee? Driver in hand, knowing that this year could be your year? I’m sure we have all dreamed that dream, with the possibility of actually playing Augusta National, other than for a few, hugely talented individuals is all but a pipe dream. But we have all had to deal with standing on the first tee, perhaps at The Club Championship, Captain’s Day at your Society or the Saturday Morning swindle, knowing that we could get our name on the board!
So whatever level you are at with your golf, whatever handicap (or not) you play off, here are some great examples of dealing with that first tee shot or sinking that putt to win.
Cast your mind back only a few weeks. The Valspar Golf Tournament, was won by Paul Casey by one stroke from Patrick Reed and a resurgent Tiger Woods. Casey, finishing earlier than the chasing pack, shot a 6 under final round, but the talking point afterwards was his final putt, to save par. Knowing he had a chance of posting a final round 65, Casey was asked how he felt, making that final putt. His answer was; he thought back to his previous PGA Tour win, 9 years previous, and visualised a similar putt he had to make then.
Another success story recently has been Rory McIlroy at The Arnold Palmer Invitational, held at Bay Hill. This was McIlroy’s first win since September 2016, on the day that Arnold Palmer passed away. For those that watched the live coverage, Rory certainly held a Masterclass in putting and chipping on the final 9 holes. Belief and momentum definitely helped him here.. all areas that are covered on the Mind Zone Workshops.
Much has been made of the resurgence of Ian Poulter in recent weeks, now he has gone back to using his ‘Medinah Putter’! Poulter obviously had some great memories that he could draw on from the victorious Ryder Cup in 2012, and standing over the ball, felt confident with his magic wand in hand.
We recently attended an excellent seminar hosted by Lee Porter Golf Solutions www.leeportergolf.com and Robert Coles, Essex’s own Touring Pro and part of the winning 2017 PGA Cup team, undertook a Q & A. When asked about what golf ball was best, Robert’s answer was ‘the one that works, the one you feel confident hitting’. There are many brands of golf ball on the market, so go out and try them… what works for one golfer, may not work for another, the swing speed, impact angle, etc. all have a bearing on delivering the ball, eventually, into the hole. At the Mind Zone, we would say, use the ball that gives you most confidence and a neutral thought process, when you stand over it.
How much better do we all play when we are feeling confident? If you create the right environment around you for playing golf to your maximum ability, and visualise what you WANT to achieve rather than not, then you will start to notice how many more fairways you find, how many more second shots find the target and how many putts drop. That is exactly what the touring Pro’s do! It works for them, and it can and does work for you.
If you want to know more about our Mind Zone workshops simply contact us via the website www.themind-zone.com