Your Best Round Ever

By David BreslowMarch 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
Are you looking to play your best round ever? John, a good amateur golfer with a 12 handicap called me and one of his goals was to play his best round ever. When I asked him what his best round ever would be he wasnt exactly sure. He began to describe situations such as a bogey free round, hitting all the greens in regulation, consistency off the tee and sinking a few birdie putts.
That sounds great, I said. So, whats preventing you from attaining your best round ever? John thought for a moment and said, Im not sure. I know I have the game to play my best round. Im just not doing it and I dont know why. Have you ever come close to playing your best round ever? I asked. Yes, John replied. It seems whenever I get close or am having a great round, something always happens to get in the way or bring me back to reality.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever found yourself playing one of your better rounds of golf, only to find that somewhere along the line the wheels begin to fall off? Its amazing isnt it? We can be rolling along with everything going nicely and thenbang! Something happens and what began as our best round of golf slowly or even quickly sometimes, turns into something else. The quest for that best round is all of a sudden derailed.
I describe Golf as a game of personal confronting. This means that it takes great awareness and the ability to face ourselves. When we understand that what goes in inside us effects our results; this becomes clearer. The only real competitor and the only real victory is the one we have with ourselves. In order to play your best round it is essential to use your mind, emotions and body effectively. In order to play your best rounds these three factors must be in synch. What goes on inside effects what goes on outside. You already have the proof of this in your own experience.
Weve all experienced a worst day on the golf course. Think back to one of your worst rounds, worst 9 holes or even worst hole. What were you thinking? What were your emotions? Did the wheels fall off? To get more clarity on the impact of the mind, body, emotion connection, answer the following as specifically as you can:
1. What specific things were you thinking?
2. What specific emotions did you experience?
3. What was the tension level in your body?
4. How, specifically did you handle adversity?
5. What was your level of trust at that time?
Your answers to these questions will reveal how you were using your mind, emotions and body and the impact they had on the outcomes your produced that day.
Weve all had a best day. Think back to the round you consider to be your best day. Why was this your best day? What were you doing that made it your best day? In order to help you break it downanswer the following questions as specifically as possible:
1. What was my mind focused on that day?
2. What emotions did I tend to experience that day?
3. What was the tension level in my bodyhigh or low?
4. How did I handle obstacles/adversity that day?
5. What was my level of trust/faith in my game that day?
Your answers to these questions can now help you develop an ideal performance platform that works for you because youve already done it. This platform helps you trigger the proper mindset, emotions, physical actions/behaviors and strategies for handling adversity.
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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.

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    Beef's beer goggles: Less drinks = more wins

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

    An offseason spent soul searching is apparently paying quick dividends for Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who is in contention to win Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Johnston acknowledged he was “burning the candle at both ends” last year, playing both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, but he told reporters Saturday that it wasn’t too much golf that hindered his efforts.

    It was too much “socializing.”

    “I'm a social person,” Johnston said. “If you go out with friends, or you get invited to something, I'll have a beer, please. But I probably had a few too many beers, I would say, to be honest. And it reflected in my golf, and I was disappointed looking back at it. I want to turn that around and have a good season.”

    Johnston posted a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, moving into a tie for sixth, three shots off the lead. He said he arrived in Abu Dhabi a week early to prepare for his first start of the new year. It’s paying off with a Sunday chance to win his second European Tour title.

    “Last year was crazy, and like getting distracted, and things like that,” Johnston said. “You don't know it's happened until you've finished the season. You’re off doing things and you're burning the candle at both ends. When I got back from last season, sort of had time to reflect on it, I sort of said to myself, 'You've got to keep quiet and keep disciplined and get on with your work.’”

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    Johnston finished 189th last year in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. He was 116th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

    Johnston’s fun-loving personality, his scruffy beard and his big-bodied shape quickly made him one of the most popular and entertaining players in the game when he earned his PGA Tour card before the 2016-17 season. Golf Digest called him a “quirky outlier,” and while he has had fun with that persona, Johnston is also intent on continuing to prove he belongs among the game’s best players.

    His plan for doing that?

    “Just put the work in,” he said. “I didn’t put enough work in last year. It’s simple. It showed. So, just get down, knuckle down and practice hard.”