The Negativity Factor

By David BreslowDecember 8, 2005, 5:00 pm
Negativity is one of the great enemies of good golf. Ive seen many golfers who possess a good golf swing under perform because of the effect that negativity has on their game. Golfers express negativity in any number of ways some very obvious and some very subtle. When you play well and achieve the zone state we call this being in the flow. Notice the language being used here. Why do we use the word flow? If we say flow then by logic we are describing something that must be flowing! Something is flowing and its called energy.
 
Imagine a stream flowing beautifully down a mountainside. When there is nothing blocking the stream of water it flows with power and rhythm. What happens when you put some obstacle in the way? When a rock, a piece of wood or any other obstacle is in the way; the water loses its rhythm, force and power and it is no longer in the flow.
 
The same thing occurs within us as well. When the mind, body and emotions are in synch they are in the flow. When this happens there are no obstacles interfering with the flow and the affect is improved play. What happens when this flow is interrupted? When something interrupts this flow our performance is negatively affected.
 
Negativity interrupts the flow of energy in the following ways:
 
1. Poor Body Language
 
When we slump our shoulders, drop the chin and walk with a down presence this is being caused by negative energy flowing through our systems. When negativity flows it causes the body to slow down and shoulders will droop. Straighten yourself up, lift your chin and begin to walk in a firm, aggressive manner. Doing this can shift the blocked energy into a flowing energy.
 
2. Memories / Images
 
When you focus on negative memories (I messed up on this hole last time out) you introduce another obstacle in the rhythmical energy flow. Negative images and memories cause a distress in the body and emotions. This distress causes the body to tighten up and emotions become stressed and edgy. When you notice negative images or memories, immediately switch the pictures to something that is exciting or optimistic (I cant wait to hit this shot and hit it well). This will turn negative energy into positive energy.
 
3. Watch Your Words!
 
This is one of the subtle forms of negative energy. It may seem subtle at the time but any words that convey doubt or lack of clarity are like dropping rocks in the flow of water down the stream. Your natural flow is blocked. Words and phrases like dont know if I can hit this shot but or I hope to hit this shot or I cant hit this shot and I didnt hit this shot last week and so on are all forms of negative messages being dropped into the system. Instead, your words must be spoken in a more positive, clear and intentional way such as I used to have trouble with this shot or I intend to hit this shot Your words will either throw obstacles in the flow or open it up so it moves more freely.
 
Think back to those times when you were in the zone. Can you remember what words/phrases you were using at that time? Im sure they were more positive and optimistic. In addition, pay attention to the words you use when you describe yourself or your game. Many clients, without realizing it, use self-deprecating language out of habit. Be very aware of your own language and anytime you catch it stop yourself and turn it around. To Your Best Golf!
 
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

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    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

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    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

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    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

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    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

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    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.