BUSTING THROUGH COMFORT ZONES

By David BreslowMarch 12, 2008, 4:00 pm

BUSTING THROUGH COMFORT ZONES
 
Everybody has one. Everybodys is different and it can change from situation to situation! What is it? Its called a comfort zone.
 
Whenever you try to learn a new skill, improve a swing mechanic, attempt to set new goals or attempt to improve your game, you will, at some point, come face to face with your comfort zone. Its not a matter of if, its a matter of when.
 
Performance Comfort Zones
 
A comfort zone is something that sets up a boundary and it acts like a magnet. For example, around the 14th hole you might notice you are shooting your all-time best score. As soon as you become aware of this, what happens? For many, their game begins to drift back due to poor decisions, missed putts or a lack of focus and confidence. The result? Their final score ends up around their usual scoreor worse! Comfort zones are the cause.
 
Comfort zones can limit your progress if you let them. Almost every golfer I speak to wants to lower their scores. However, they are frustrated because their results dont match the time, effort and money theyve invested (90% of my clients feel this way). Why? The majority are doing things and thinking things that arent really working for them yet they continue doing them anyway. They dont realize that their beliefs and attitudes are comfort zones that cause them to continue to repeat the same limiting actions again and again.
 
The golfers who break beyond their own limiting comfort zones are the ones who enjoy themselves more, play with more confidence and experience the freedom that comes with knowing theyve expanded their possibilities. The irony is, this has very little to do with talent and the method toward success is everything. We already know that quick-fix tips dont do it. The metaphor I tell my clients is this: even the most gifted musician cannot make an out-of-tune instrument play great music. Many people are trying to play great music on an instrument (themselves) that is out of tune! It simply doesnt work very well, does it?
 

BREAKING COMFORT ZONES
 
Here are 3 steps to face and break beyond comfort zones:
 
1.Be honest with yourself. This is the simplest and yet can be the most challenging step to take. The truth is; if you wont be honest that a limiting comfort zone exists, it is very difficult to break beyond it. Be brutally honest. What stops you? Is it a mindset, a belief, an attitude of some kind that prevents you from fulfilling your talents? (it probably is!)
 
2.Stop assuming youre right! People use the past as their proof that their limiting beliefs/attitudes are true. They are not. Dont assume that it has anything to do with the reality of how good you could really be. Dont confuse the fact that you can find proof in the past with what the possibilities are in the future. Even as you read this, notice what limiting belief pops up. Thats your comfort zone keeping you stuck!
 
3.Start Now!'All comfort zones can be expanded. Pick ONE area and create a steady action that allows you to bust through it. Do you want to improve your game? What can you do on a steady basis to make that happen? Stop doing whats not working for you! Find the right pro. Learn how to get out of your own way. What are your limiting beliefs that cause you to stay stuck in the same place? If youre frustrated with your level of improvement then be honest with yourself and identify what the reason is. Are you doing the same thing time after time and expecting your results to change? You can turn this into real change if you want to!
 
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  • Thompson wins Race, loses tournament after short miss

    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 8:52 pm

    The drama went down to the very last hole in the LPGA's final event of 2017. Here's how things ended up at the CME Group Tour Championship, where a surprising miss from Lexi Thompson opened the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to win in dramatic fashion:

    Leaderboard: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15), Lexi Thompson (-14), Jessica Korda (-14), Pernilla Lindberg (-13), Eun-Hee Ji (-13)

    What it means: There were scenarios aplenty entering the final round, with nearly every season-long accolade still hanging in the balance. Thompson appeared set to take them all as she sized up a 2-foot par putt on the final hole - a stroke that looked like it would take her to world No. 1 for the first time. Instead, the putt barely touched the hole and allowed Jutanugarn to rally to victory with birdies on the closing two holes. Thompson still took home $1 million for winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe, as it was a reverse scenario from last year when Jutanugarn won the $1 million but not the final tournament.

    Round of the day: Sei Young Kim made the day's biggest charge, turning in a 6-under 66 to close the week in a share of 11th at 10 under. Kim made eight birdies during the final round, including five over her first eight holes en route to her lowest round of the week while erasing a third-round 75.

    Best of the rest: Jutanugarn seemed like an afterthought as the tournament was winding down, but she kept her hopes alive with an 18-foot birdie on No. 17 and then capitalized on Thompson's mistake with a clutch birdie on the difficult final hole. It capped off a final-round 67 for the Thai who now ends what has been a tumultuous season with a smile on her face.

    Biggest disappointment: Thompson faced heartbreak after the penalty-shrouded ANA Inspiration, and she again must handle a setback after essentially missing a tap-in with everything on the line. Thompson can enjoy a $1 million consolation prize along with the Vare Trophy, but a tournament win would have clinched Player of the Year honors as well as her first-ever trip to world No. 1. Instead, she now has the entire off-season to think about how things went awry from close range.

    Shot of the day: There were only three birdies on No. 18 during the final round before Jutanugarn laced one down the fairway and hit a deft approach to 15 feet. The subsequent putt found the target and gave her win No. 7 on her young LPGA career.

    Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

    He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

    Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

    Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

    Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

    Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

    "I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

    The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

    Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

    "I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

    McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

    When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

    Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

    Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

    While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

    Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.