Lower Your Scores Immediately

By David BreslowMarch 24, 2004, 5:00 pm
Does your scorecard accurately reflect your capabilities? The amateur golfer tends to add extra shots to their scorecard by coming up short on approach shots to the green or by choosing the inappropriate club or shot for a specific situation. We wage an inner war between the shot we want to hit and the best shot to hit in any situation. Its as if we have two parts of us battling for our attention and indeed, we do.
 
EGO GOLF OR SCORING GOLF?

In many of the Eastern traditions such as Taoism, Buddhism or any of the other mind/body traditions the ego is addressed as the part of us that can cause pain or suffering. This holds true on the golf course as well. The ego is interested in two things: power and control and will do almost anything to be recognized. When we come from a place of ego it may cause us to do things that take us away from our game and will certainly take us out of the FlowZone. The ego is not bad nor is it wrong, its just important to be aware of when your ego is running the show and how it affects your performance. When you experience the FlowZone you completely lose the ego and what remains is you operating in the flow. That sounds pretty good doesnt it? If youve ever been in the magical zone or the FlowZone, you know this is true. Did you notice that you werent overly concerned about your competition, the score or comparisons between you and others? Didnt you feel like you could take on all challenges and overcome them? The ego is just the opposite of the zone. It focuses on and feeds off of control, comparison and power. When this happens we become distracted and make poor decisions.
 
Here some signs that let you know youre playing Ego Golf:
 
Playing the club you think you should play instead of the club that will get you the best results. This is the reason many amateur golfers play a short game on approach shots. Landing short or taking the wrong club simply adds numbers to your scorecard.
 
Ignoring your inner wisdom. Weve all been there; standing over the ball, getting set to hit our next great shot when all of a sudden a voice or feeling commands our attention. It whispers take the 7 iron not the 8 or Youre lined up left. What do many of us do? Our egos take over and we ignore the inner wisdom being presented to us. We think, Ill make the adjustment, Im already standing here, no problem. We take our swing and the next thing that comes out of our mouth is I knew I should have taken the 7! This is Ego golf.
 
Comparing yourself to others. Does it really matter what other golfers hit off the tee or what iron they use from 165 yards out? The ego loves to search and compare looking for reasons to rationalize the choices we make. Avoid the comparison because its a waste of your energy. You know what you should be using and you are the only player you need to satisfy.
 
Both the ego and the inner wisdom communicate with you through a feeling or a voice or a sense of some kind. How do you know which voice to listen to? For most of us the difference is very distinct. The voice of the Ego tends to be louder and more adamant. It needs your attention. The voice of your inner wisdom tends to be strong but silent like a whisper. It will never bang you on the head to get your attention; it simply lets you know what it knows and leaves the choice to you.
 
Exercise: The next time you are faced with a decision, stop and ask yourself, Is the club Ive selected my ego club or my scoring club? If its your ego club, switch to the club you know is the right one for that situation and hit it with confidence!
 
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  • Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

    Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

    An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.



    Original story:

    Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

    President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.



    Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

    By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

    Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

    ''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


    Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

    Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

    ''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

    Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

    Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

    ''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

    Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.