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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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

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    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.