A Positive Influence

By David BreslowMay 31, 2006, 4:00 pm
Everyone knows that being positive is better than being negative, right?
When I speak at clubs, organizations or businesses I often begin by asking the following question: Who believes they can perform better than they do right now? Most people raise their hands. Then I ask, Who believes they could be more confident? Most people raise their hands again. Then I ask, Who already knows that being confident is better than not being confident? Laughter begins to appear and they all raise their hands once again. Then I ask, Who already knows that being positive is better than being negative? People begin to laugh even more and then everyone raises their hands. The bottom line is: most people already know that being positive is important and is preferable to being negative and dont need me to repeat what they already know. The effect it has on the mind, the body and emotions is something we all know from experience. The important thing to realize, is the incredible influence you have over whether you experience the positive or negative impact on yourself and your game.
 
If youve read any of my articles you know that the mind, body and emotions are all undeniably connected and that they are always in communication with each other. As a result, the impact of being positive or being negative will be experienced by all the components. Negativity is a reflection of negative energy flowing through the body and when this happens you can experience:
 
  • An increase in negative thoughts, words and images
  • Lack of clear thinking
  • Emotions such as frustration, anger
  • Poor physical body language
  • Loss of feel and touch
  • Sluggish movements
  • Reduced swing mechanics
  • Doubt and lack of confidence
     
    Positive energy, on the other hand creates a lighter feel in the body because it flows more smoothly. Positive energy can directly influence you by creating:
     
  • A feeling of being lighter and in the flow
  • Clearer thinking/better decision making
  • Body language is more up and powerful
  • Swing mechanics tend to be sharper
  • Emotions are more even and flowing
  • Overall rhythm and balance are improved
  • Feeling of confidence and clarity
     
    Energy flow is a powerful determining factor on how well or how poorly your mind, body and emotions are working together. For sure, being positive is better than being negative but rather than just know it, how do you do it? Here are some suggestions:
     
    Cut Back on the Critical Eye
    Most golfers I know and work with tend to see things very critically at first. They automatically think or say, I didnt do this, I didnt do that and are very critical about themselves and their performance. Being critical is easy and anyone can do that. It doesnt take any personal clarity or courage to be critical. It does take discipline and an open mind to begin seeing something else! While its important to have a critical eye to improve; many players wind up improving their ability to be critical without improving other areas. They simply become very good at being critical. Cut back on your critical eye and you can begin to see that you are actually doing other things well.
     
    Celebrate all Success no matter how large or small
    The overly critical eye will simply miss what is being done well. The only way to see it is to look for it! Begin identifying your successes on the golf course and celebrate them; and this means even the smallest one! These can be used as building blocks to becoming a positive influence.
     
    Act As If
    To prove the power of positive influence try acting as if you were your favorite player. Get out of your own usual patterns for a moment and act as if you are someone else who thinks and feels powerfully positive. When you do this, take note of the impact it has on your mind, body and emotions. The truth is; your mind, body and emotions dont know the difference and you can experience the powerfully positive state. This, again, is another testament to the power of the mind, body, emotion relationship at work!
     
    You have the ability to be a tremendous positive influence if you want to be.
     
    To Your Best Golf!
     
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  • 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.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

    A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on

    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

    GC Tiger Tracker:

    Steve Stricker:

    Golf Channel:

    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

    Tyrone Van Aswegen:

    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.