Infinite Golf Insights Problems Dont Improve You

By David BreslowNovember 14, 2007, 5:00 pm
Infinite Golf Insights: Problems Dont Improve You!
 
Problems dont improve you. This statement immediately goes against the grain of popular belief when clients first hear it. They are a little surprised by this because they believe that working through problems is normal and that the struggle that goes with it is to be commended. Dont get me wrong, everyone has challenges to work through on and off the golf course and Im not negating this part of your journey at all. Many of us have worked through real problems (personal or professional) and are stronger and better for it. Im talking about the problems that are self-generated and can be reduced or even eliminated. Youd be surprised how many of them fit this category and these sabotage your gam
 
When some people notice their problems they may unconsciously hold their problems very close to them. How do they do this? They:
 
Think a lot about it
Worry about it
Try to figure out how to get away from it or change it
Talk a lot about it
 
As a result, golfers struggle to play their best and many even believe that playing great golf should be a struggle because its their norm experience. When its not a struggle and things seem to go well, its a wonderful bonus but not the normal expectation! My question to you is; why is it assumed that playing well has to be a struggle? This is the mindset of the Finite Game golfer (see article titled, Your Peak Potential: Finite or Infinite?).
 
Problems dont improve you.

 
Brad, a 9 handicap contacted me because he was frustrated with his game. Hed been shooting higher scores this season and his handicap was now up to 13. He knew he was better than that and when he realized he was only making excuses (i.e. had things on his mind) he decided enough was enough. I heard you help people make quick changes, he said. Yes. I can teach you the insights that can definitely help you see quick changes but theyll also last in the long run too if you apply them, I replied.
 
Brads next comment was, Im pretty good at dealing with my problems. In fact, I fight through a lot of things when I play. Soyoure good at coping with a lot of your performance problems are you? I asked. Yes. I do it a lot, he replied proudly. What would you say if I told you that you could almost eliminate your so-called problems and play your best golf more often without struggling? Is that really possible? he asked bewildered.
 
Problems dont improve you.

 
Heres what I mean when I write, problems dont improve you. Up to 85% of the problems golfers face are things theyre creating in the first place! Brad was shocked to hear this and didnt believe itat first. He assumed the problems he faced were supposed to be there (because they always were!) and his way of working on them was to arm himself with coping skills, which he had plenty of. Brad believed that coping was the best way to fight that battle. If you believe that coping is the key, take a close look at the synonyms for the word cope and you may think differently. They are:
 
To struggle with
To muddle through
To manage
To get by/survive
 
Even if youve played well, does this pretty much describe many of your rounds? I asked. Unfortunately, it does Brad replied. Is struggling and getting by, what you really want? No! he said emphatically. Brad, like so many others, thought that struggling with problems through a round was a badge of honor in and of itself. After all, when you tough it out youve accomplished something, right? Brads problems didnt improve him even though he believed that struggling was normal. What Brad didnt realize, was that he truly was creating most of the problems he was working so hard to deal with. Brad quickly discovered how he was doing this and he also began to see that he was struggling far more than he needed to. He came to understand that his problems indeed did not improve him. He stopped coping and started creating more of what he wanted. He moved from playing Finite Golf to playing Infinite Golf and his experience changed on many levels; mentally, physically and emotionally. Golf became fun again and he was playing UP to his potential more often. Of course, he still faced issues on the course but he stopped generating many of his old, so-called problems and this allowed him to easily work with anything that came his way.
 
Take a look at your game. Is playing your best more of a struggle than it needs to be?
 
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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.