Stuck in the Box

By David BreslowSeptember 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
What do you want? Do you want more confidence? Do you want to be more positive? Do you want to feel more optimistic, generate better emotions or handle adversity more easily? Do you want to play with more freedom and less stress and struggle?

What do you want?

I speak to golfers and businesses all around the country and they often inform me they want many different things in terms of improving themselves and their performances. They also inform me they spend a great deal of time and effort trying to get them.

What do you want?

Many are familiar with the expression, outside the box. Some link fear and negativity to it because it means CHANGE and some folks resist that. Truth is, if you want to improve or change anything it IS necessary to go outside your own box and Ill tell you why later. This phrase generally means looking outside the norm, outside what is usually or historically done. Paul Azinger, this years American Ryder Cup Captain stated that hes done something outside the box with his choice of team members this year. Im sure there will be many opinions on this over the next several days.


Lets consider the concept of outside the box in your own game. First, nobody contacts me or hires me to speak because they want things to remain the same. They want something different, something better for themselves. Here is where the challenge arises. What many dont realize at first is that their current experience is a result of operating out of an old box. This usually causes some surprise when people hear it. We all do this unless we become aware of it and know how to step outside of it to put ourselves in position to get more of what we want. What is the box Im referring to? The box consists of your current,

Point of view/philosophy
Limiting beliefs/attitudes

Most golfers I meet across the country tell me they want to improve some aspect of their overall game (and its rarely mechanics!). The real challenge comes because what we want exists outside our box (it usually does!). When we attempt to get what we want by using the ingredients already in the box, it isnt very effective! This often leads to frustration because as Einstein said,

You cant solve a problem using the same mind that caused the problem in the first place.


Yet this is what so many try to do and because they are so attached to their box they keep on using it even though their results are less than satisfying.

Think of it this way. Your current box is like the operating software in your computer. This means your computer will only perform the functions your software will allow. Every time you turn it on you could hope and wish it would perform other functions for you bit it wont because your computer is limited by the current abilities of the software in your system. Now look at yourself. Your box, meaning all of the items listed earlier are your personal operating software and if you want something new it is imperative to go outside that box in order to achieve it because what you want exists outside of that box!

Hoping the old box will offer you something different is like the proverbial dog going in circles chasing his own tail.

I see this cycle in the corporate world as well. People want certain changes to take place in their organization yet they base their decisions and actions on their old box and are often not aware of it. The result: very little actual change takes place even after time, money and energy are spent. Why? Because as Einstein said, 'you cant solve a problem using the same mind that created it in the first place.' The old box only keeps them moving around in the same limited circle with sporadic change but the ideas, strategies and theories continue to be driven from the old box causing little actual change.

Successful people in any walk of life, including sports have learned to see the limitations of the old box and step out of it toward what they really want. The success of this process is a testament to the incredible creative power of what I call your inner power tools. It always begins within and everybody has these tools (including you!). Its a personal choice as to whether one wants to continue operating inside the old box or not.

What do you want?

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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.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

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.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

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.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

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

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

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

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

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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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.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“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.