Where Do You Begin

By David BreslowSeptember 6, 2006, 4:00 pm
Once again I am reminded by many people, including those of you who took advantage of the free consultation that mental game work provides a real challenge. People continually share this frustration with me. They say,
'I know a mental game is important but I dont how to begin working on it or where to go to do that!'
Besides not knowing where to go or how to begin; the most common reasons people resist is they,
  • Dont want to spend the money

  • Dont want to spend the time or be psychoanalyzed

  • Dont want to hear the same things they read in articles
The phrase, mental game means different things to different people. Unfortunately, some think mental game work is only for people who are in a crisis or who are always throwing fits on the golf course. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The FlowZone program is successfully used by people who already perform well, and by those who simply want to get to the next level and by those who know they under perform but dont know why.

Part of my mission is to break the circle of ineffective outcomes for players at ALL LEVELS. When questioned; 95% of my clients admit the most common method they use to improve themselves is the use of tips as a way to attain the traits of a peak performer. I receive many, many emails in which people describe their challenges on the golf course and even write Ive tried many different tips or approaches with little or no long term success. Then at the end of the email they ask, Any tips? This is the prevailing mindset. If this has been your approach I ask you,
'Have you tried to implement mental game tips in the past? How long have they lasted?'
People KNOW the tips theyve tried dont last very long yet continue to use that avenue looking for the answer. Does it make sense to do the same thing and expect different outcomes? Believe it or not, you can get the outcomes you want and do it quickly.
Its important to relax. Its important to be confident, positive and be emotionally calm in order to play your best. Its important to be consistent, committed and enjoy yourself!
Sound advice, right? If youre like most athletes, youve heard these before and have read information telling you WHY they are important but not HOW to easily make them your actual experience.
Over the last 20 years, Ive discovered 3 truths about people and performance:
  1. People do not under perform or sabotage themselves on purpose

  3. Quick-Fix Tips lose effectiveness over time

  5. There are precise and predictable cause and effect performance principles that influence EVERYONE no matter who you are

The Challenge: Over the last 20 years these are consistent challenges clients offer:
  1. They tend to focus most of their attention on mechanics or strategies

  3. 95% say the mental game is important yet state: I dont know where to begin. Trying tips is the only way I know how to develop it.

  5. They sabotage their own success without realizing how they are doing it. They do things that dont get them what they want but continue to do them anyway.

  7. They believe the answer lies in the tips'even though quick-fix tips lose effectiveness over time

  9. Their results do not match the time/effort/money they put into it

  11. They are not clear on the full impact a mental game has on their overall game
The FlowZone: A Revolutionary Approach
Rather than focus on TRYING to be positive, relaxed, confident, consistent, handle pressure better and so on, the FlowZone Approach takes a very different route. My philosophy is simple: You already have all the tools you need to get what you want and the player/person you want to be; already exists!
The 6 FlowZone Factors:
  1. This is not a philosophy, theory or concept. It is based on precise and predictable cause and effect principles

  3. These principles influence EVERYONE regardless of age, gender, personality type or skill level or any other factor

  5. These principles have always influenced your game and always will. They are easy to understand because the proof is in your actual experience. You do not need to look anywhere else!

  7. The mental game (as I teach it) is not part of your game; it IS your game!

  9. 90% of my clients state that tips dont last over time. No quick fix tips. No vague or confusing concepts. (Youll never hear, Be more positive or confident!)

  11. The principles ARE the gateway. Apply the principles and the key traits show up as a by-product. You can get what you want quickly through this process.
Are you playing UP to your true potential? What do you want? From tour player to 30 handicap, take an honest look and see if what youre doing is actually getting you what you want.
We are launching a new Executive FlowZone Program. This is for business people who want to improve their golf and/or improve their effectiveness on the job. If interested, please email info@theflowzone.net and put Executive Golf in the subject line. We will send you an info sheet with the highlights/benefits.
REMINDER: You can take advantage of the FlowZone program no matter where you live, work or play. I successfully work with clients via telephone. If interested, please contact us at david@theflowzone.net.
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    Copyright 2006 All Rights Reserved. David Breslow is a Speaker/Author/Performance Coach who works with Athletes (PGA/LPGA) and businesses to help people move past limiting patterns to perform up to their potential. His approach is not business as usual and creates faster shifts in how people think, feel and perform every day. David appears on The Golf Channel, ESPN radio and speaks to both large and small corporations across the country. For more information or to reach David call: 847.681.1698 or email: David@theflowzone.net or visit the web: www.theflowzone.net. To order, Wired To Win click here OR call toll free: 1.888.280.7715.
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    Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

    Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

    In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

    Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

    “I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

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    Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

    In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.

    Made Cut

    Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

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    “If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

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    There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

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    Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

    On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

    “I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

    The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

    Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

    Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

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    “My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.

    Missed Cut

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    After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

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    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”