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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  • Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook sank a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without making a bogey on the Plantation Course or the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    Cook was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back.

    Bubba (64) fires his lowest round of 2017

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:12 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Bubba Watson’s plan when he left the Dell Technologies Championship in September was to take a few months off and come back fresh in 2018

    Those plans changed after a few weeks.

    “What we figured out was the mental side, preparing for kindergarten - not for me, for my son - preparing for [wife] Angie's knee surgery. It's been a tough go,” Watson said.

    “Being home and being with the family and everything, I realized how much I missed the game of golf, and that's why I wanted to come and play in these tournaments.”

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    The plan has paid off this week at the RSM Classic, where Watson is tied for 12th place after a second-round 64 on the Seaside course moved him to 7 under par.

    Watson, who tied for 51st two weeks ago in Las Vegas, got off to a quick start on Day 2, playing the opening nine in 29. Despite a miscue at the 14th hole, when his tee shot wedged into a tree, he was solid coming in for his best individual round this year.

    The left-hander was particularly sharp with his ball-striking after what has been a difficult year.

    “I want to play golf now and right now I'm swinging at it pretty nicely,” he said.

    S.H. Park (65) builds three-shot lead at LPGA finale

    By Doug FergusonNovember 17, 2017, 9:58 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Golf felt so easy to Sung Hyun Park that only when she took out her card to catch up on her scores did she realize she had closed out the front nine with five straight birdies at the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Park kept right on attacking.

    The 24-year-old from South Korea added a 30-foot eagle putt late in her second round and finished with a 7-under 65, giving her a three-shot lead going into the weekend at Tiburon Golf Club.

    Nothing seems to bother her, even the chance to cap off an amazing rookie season by sweeping all the big awards on the LPGA Tour.

    ''To be honest, I don't feel quite as nervous as I thought I would,'' Park said through an interpreter. ''After the first shot, after the first hole, I felt a lot more comfortable. I'm not feeling as nervous as I thought I might be going into today.''

    Leave that to the players chasing her.

    Even with a three-putt bogey on the final hole, Park was at 12-under 132 and was three shots clear of Caroline Masson (66) and Sarah Jane Smith (69).

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    More importantly, none of the other players in the chase for the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus or any other big award was within five shots of Park, who is trying to become the first rookie since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to win LPGA player of the year.

    Lexi Thompson, who leads the Race to the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average, shot a 67 and wound up losing ground. She was six shots behind and must stay within 10 shots of Park to win the Vare.

    So Yeon Ryu, who leads the points-based award for player of the year, managed a 71 with her sore right shoulder but was 11 shots back.

    The other two players who need to win the tournament to collect the $1 million bonus also had their work cut out for them. Brooke Henderson had another 70 and was eight shots behind, while world No. 1 Shanshan Feng shot 73 and was 11 shots behind.

    Park was in control, only she didn't see it that way.

    ''I don't think it's quite that far of a lead,'' Park said. ''Two, three shots of a lead can change at any moment. We will have to see what's in store for this weekend.''

    Park began her big run with an 18-foot birdie on No. 5, got up-and-down for birdie from just off the green at the par-5 sixth, holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 7, and then closed out the front nine with birdie putts from 8 feet and 15 feet.

    ''I actually didn't know that I was going five birdies in a row,'' Park said. ''Come hole No. 10, I realized that I hadn't been jotting down my scores as diligently, and so I realized it a little bit later on. And it felt great.''

    That gave her the lead by one shot over Suzann Pettersen, except that Pettersen faded badly on the back nine.

    Pettersen dropped four shots in a three-hole stretch by getting out of position off the tee and she shot 39 on the back nine for a 70 to fall five shots behind.

    ''I feel like I'm playing good,'' Pettersen said. ''Three bad drives on the back nine cost me four shots. That should not be possible on this course, where the fairways are about 100 yards wide.''

    Park was honored at an awards banquet Thursday night as the LPGA rookie of the year. Now, she has more awards in her sights. A victory would give her the award for player of the year. She would capture the money title, which she leads over Ryu. And depending on how the weekend goes, she might be able to surpass Thompson in the race for the Vare Trophy.

    Thompson did well to recover from two bogeys on her opening three holes.

    ''I hit a few really erratic shots in the beginning. It wasn't a good start to the round,'' Thompson said. ''Just tried to stay positive and find something that could work for the last 14, 15 holes.''

    Lydia Ko fell six shots behind in her bid to avoid a winless season. She was one shot behind going into the second round but managed only three birdies in her round of 71.

    Park, meanwhile, had everything going her way. Even when she pulled her drive on the par-5 14th into a sandy area with a root next to her ball, she picked it clear and sent it through a goal post of trees back to the fairway. Three holes later, she blasted a drive and had only a 7-iron into the green at the par-5 17th, which she hit to 30 feet and made the long putt.

    Does anything make her nervous?

    ''I hate spiders,'' she said. ''But in terms of golf, I always get nervous to this day on the first tee. I can feel my heart pounding.''

    It's a feeling that doesn't appear to last very long.