Soft Skills Winning Edge

By David BreslowSeptember 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
Have you ever heard the phrase, Soft Skills before? Sometimes it is used in sports but most of the time its a phrase used in the business world. It is commonly used by corporate training departments to describe certain types of training programs. These programs tend to focus on improving human performance rather than teach technical skills. This is why they are called soft but nothing could be further from the truth.
 
These human performance skills are things like, confidence, balancing work and life, communication skills, visioning skills, focusing in present time, handling adversity, transitioning through change and so on. These are considered soft skills yet these are the skills that sit at the heart of your ability to produce your best and do it time and again.
 
Soft Skills = Winning Edge.
 
Of course, Im aware that GolfChannel.com readers exhibit a wide range of golf talent and interests in terms of improving the way they play the game. Some of you are professionals. Some of you are amateurs who truly want to improve and are always on the lookout for ways to do that. Some of you play occasionally and just want to have a good time and others play pretty regularly yet consistently run into the same issues that hurt your game time and time again. However, no matter what the level of your skill or interest in improving your game; a simple and undeniable truth remains
 
The best opportunity to improve human performance begins from how well or how poorly you demonstrate your soft skills.
 
Corporations may lose sight of this by viewing the items I listed above as soft and therefore not place the proper importance on them. They undervalue the importance of these skills by calling them soft and the winning edge they can trigger for those who learn to demonstrate them properly. I use the word win but its not always about winning a trophy, a championship or money and fameits about being your best and feeling great that youve allowed your best to surface under any conditions. I also know many golfers who lose sight of this just like corporations do. Why? I believe its a misunderstanding of what these skills really mean to who you are and how you play the game. Its a misunderstanding of not only the impact these skills have on you and your game but also how to truly demonstrate them with greater ease.
 
People who underachieve and under perform in life or in sports tend NOT to demonstrate these soft skills at a high level. You can witness this by looking at the number of people in the world who have a certain level of natural talent or ability yet under achieve and under perform. They sabotage themselves in some fashion by using these skills poorly or negatively. Do you know anyone like this? Ill bet you do!
 
Take a look at any of the big names in either business or sports. Read autobiographies about people you look up to or admire and youll find a common thread among them. This thread has to do with the strengthening and development of the so-called soft skills in order to achieve their dream. Youll probably hear them use phrases like, hard work and determination and persistence. All of these are great skills for sure and they are also under the soft skills category. Yet, theres nothing soft about them is there? Your development of them will lead you toward the winning edge of performance. As a result you are tougher, more resilient and stronger no matter what you do or the level you do it. The success stories of such individuals are probably filled with ups and downs, highs and lows and a combination of great and not so great choices. This is the nature of any journey you undertake. No matter what your particular personal journey though, your ability to properly demonstrate vision, resiliency, focus in present time, enjoy the moment, gain energy, see the bigger picture and a full range of soft skills are what make you stronger, give you a powerful edge and allow your best performances to show up more often. The question is not whether they are important. The real question is always, whats the best way to demonstrate them? Corporations can save time, energy and money by improving these skills. Golfers can increase energy, focus, enjoyment and consistency.
 
Does that sound soft to you?
 
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Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved. David Breslow is a national speaker, author and Performance Consultant. The book, Wired To Win is available at 888.280.7715. The Mental Game Video Training Course is available here. His clients include professional athletes (PGA, LPGA, other sports) as well as Business and the Private Sector. He brings a fresh, direct, no-nonsense revolutionary approach to unleashing Human Performance helping people make quicker and more powerful shifts in attitude, behavior, and action. His articles are read by over 400,000 people per month on GolfChannel.com and David frequently speaks to organizations of all sizes who want to create real shifts in how people, think, feel and perform every day. For more info on the Interactive Video Training Course, One on One consultation, E-Books and Presentations; please visit: www.theflowzone.net or email: David@theflowzone.net or call: 847.681.0247.
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.