A Walking Set of Traits

By David BreslowJuly 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
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Youre not alone. Every golfer I speak to criticizes themselves about some aspect of their game. In fact, its quite common.
Stacy is a 16 handicap who said, There is so much wrong in my game. I know Im not the best ball striker and Im working on that but there are so many other things. Like what? I asked. I dont enjoy myself as much as I should, my focus wanders and Im definitely not as confident as I want to be. Ok, I said. I thought she was finished but she wasnt. I know I have negative thoughts and Ive been trying to get rid of them but it hasnt worked that well. I also know I dont trust myself enough and I try too hard and Ive been working on that too.
As I was listening I couldnt help but think that she sounded like a human peak performance trait list. She basically listed all the key traits shed read about over the years and was trying to work on each one of themone at a time and it was difficult.
A Return to the Source
Stacy fell into the trap that many clients describe to me. They end up trying any number of tips, theories and strategies to improve the traits they believe are important and hopefully their outcomes on the golf course. Its the approach that most people seem to know about. While it seems to make logical sense; it simply is not the most effective route to take. In last weeks article titled Why Intelligent People Under Perform, I wrote about the source and why its so effective in causing real change rather than what I call cut and paste change that so many attempt. The goal of being a better player is great I told her. But the idea that applying some external tip or strategy for each trait will do it for you is your mistake.
The source resides within you. The laws by which this source produces outcomes reside within you as well. That sounds kind of strange she said. Its actually not strange at all. Dont let the words fool you. The truth is; everything begins from within you. Its just that most people find it easier to focus on external ideas because it takes the focus off of themselves. So, they use books and other avenues and they think those hold the answers when they dont. The laws are quite simple; simpler than most people think. There is nothing about them that is unclear or hard to figure out. I find that people are starving for something that will create a more lasting change.You can put an end to the frustration if you want to.
Try this exercise: Do the following 2 steps and answer the questions that follow.
Step 1: Write down a list of all the parts of your game you criticize yourself about.
Step 2: Write down all the things youve done to improve them (if anything!).
  • Do you look at each part and try to improve it? (i.e. confidence, focus, enjoyment or any of the other common traits of a champion)
  • Are your results sporadic?
  • When your results dont meet your expectations do you look for new tips, strategies, etc. and go through this cycle again?
  • Do the words source and law cause doubt or resistance in you?

If I could only get out of my own way is the most common phrase I hear from golfers at every level. This is an accurate phrase and it reflects the truth. When you do get out of your way you will unleash the player that exists INSIDE. The source is what allows this to happen. The most important question is; how will you choose to go about that?
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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.