Quiet Your MindPower Your Game

By David BreslowJuly 6, 2005, 4:00 pm
Donald called me and complained that one of his biggest obstacles was the fact that he was too analytical on the golf course. This is a very common performance obstacle. Along with being too analytical, Donald and many other clients also describe their minds as run-on minds. Their minds are always working and constantly running on with analytical thoughts and questions, even at address position over the ball.
Does this sound familiar to you?
One of the first things I invite clients; and what I asked Donald to do, is to view themselves in Energetic Terms. This usually meets with a very quizzical response. Usually its What does that mean? This means to realize that the human body is a walking energy production and transfer mechanism. We have energy running through us all the time. Imagine Niagara Falls. When the water from the Falls is flowing naturally the flow is smooth and powerful. When the flow of water is blocked or impeded in some way; it is no longer natural and there is a backup which creates too much energy in one place and depletes energy in other places. The Falls is no longer a smooth powerful flow.
Your body operates the same way. A run-on mind is a run-on use of ENERGY! It not only uses up a lot of energy but it takes energy away from other parts of you such as your emotions and your physical body. The mind now becomes turbulent and the mental noise becomes an obstacle to performance. With all the noise how can the mind, body and emotions possibly be operating in a smooth and connected manner? They cannot. The result is over trying, increased muscle tension, heightened emotional stress and outcomes that are beneath your true talents.
When Donald heard this he said, Yep, thats exactly what happens to me but I never thought of it quite that way before.
I asked him to think back to those moments when he experienced what is commonly called the zone. Have you experienced it? What was it like?
He admitted that he wasnt over thinking or over trying at that time. I further added that the zone represents the smooth flow of energy in your body and the in synch connection between the mind, the body and the emotions. They are all connected and there is no getting around it. He began to realize how true this was but again said I never thought of it that way before.
A quiet mind is essential to peak level performances in anything. Clients have searched for years in an attempt to try tips that would help them stop thinking so much. Donald had tried tip after tip in an effort to attain a quiet mind as well. Over the years it worked at times but most of the time was not very effective.
In my opinion, it is essential to first understand the amazing performance principles and how they operate. They are very precise and very predictable. For many, the use of tips without this understanding is less effective.
Secondly, quieting the mind is a process. It takes a bit of time to practice the exercises and strategies that create a quieter mind. The mind is used to being noisy because weve literally practiced being noisy for quite some time. It took practice and rehearsal to make it that noisy so why wouldnt it take some practice and rehearsal to make it quiet? Those who are willing to do both the above find it worthwhile.
A quiet mind generates the following performance benefits:
1. Clearer thinking and decision making
2. Focused concentration
3. Calmer emotions
4. Emotions that are just the right intensity to get the job done
5. Marked reduction in the stress response
6. Muscles that are more loose and flexible
7. Smooth flow of energy throughout the mind, body and emotions
8. Sense of confidence/assuredness (coming from the INSIDE!)
Yes; these can all be the benefits of learning how to quiet the mind. It is something that anyone can learn to do and anyone can practice. As in the FlowZone approach there are just as many off-course exercises as there are on-course exercises. This is because When you develop confidence, discipline, focus or quiet mind concentration off the course they will show up on the course more easily.
How noisy is your mind?
FINAL DAY!! Thanks to all of you whove contacted us about the One on One Coaching Discount. This offer ends at midnight eastern time today July 6th, 2005. If youre considering it; please dont wait! (Experience indicates the tendency is to put it off or just do nothing!)
Related Links:
  • David Breslow Article Archive
    Copyright 2005 David Breslow. David is the author of Wired To Win and offers the highly acclaimed FlowZone program: Your Resilience Factor: Adapt and Excel in any Environment Workshop and One on One Performance Coaching. David has appeared on The Golf Channel, ESPN radio, etc. For more programs/services/products or sign up for a free newsletter (write newsletter in subject box). Contact: David Breslow 847.681.1698 Email: David@theflowzone.net or visit the web: www.theflowzone.net. For book orders call toll free: 1.888.280.7715.
  • Getty Images

    Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

    The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

    There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

    Playing with the pros

    Tiger, DJ and Faxon

    Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

    Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

    Rory faces criticism

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

    President at the Presidents Cup

    Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

    Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

    Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

    Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

    Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

    Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

    Trump golf properties


    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

    Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

    Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

    Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

    Reportedly fake TIME covers

    Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

    Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

    Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

    Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

    Pros comment on the president

    Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

    Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

    Getty Images

    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.