Your Mind Is Already Great

By David BreslowSeptember 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
When we speak of the Mind of a Champion we often refer to the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that champions demonstrate. While there are certain attitudes and beliefs a champion maintains that may be different from the golfer who struggles or under performs there is one thing that is the same. That is:
'The mind of a champion is no different than the mind of a person who struggles or under performs. Your mind is exactly the same as the champions mind.'
How do you react when you read this statement? Do you silently think I wish or That would be great but its not true! or anything along these lines? The truth is; your mind is no less or no more than anyone elses. It is a resource that has the capacity to be great or not. It has the capacity to negative or positive. Its not the mind that is one or the other; the mind is simply a resource that uses what you give it. What you give it makes all the difference. How we use the natural resource of the mind is up to us. Believe it or not, success and failure arise from the same mind. One person is successful and another may be a failure but both are using the same mind to create different results. You have the same mental capabilities as anyone else; whether they are a champion or not!
'The mind, with all of its natural resources and capabilities is unlimited. The only limitations the mind has are those each of us put upon it.'
James, a 14 handicap spoke to me last year and said he felt he could play better golf but wasnt doing so and that he was very frustrated. He said he read all the material on Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Annika Sorenstam to see what a champion does mentally that is different than him. He struggled trying to adopt the mindsets he read about and it just wasnt working for him. I asked him if he believed Tiger, Vijay or Annika had something he didnt. He replied Sure they do, their minds are better than mine. Theres your challenge. I said to James. What do you mean? he countered. Well, it seems to me you believe their minds are somehow better than yours and that you need to do something to make your mind as good theirs. What would you say if I told you that your mind is already as good as theirsin fact its the same? Id say youre nuts! James charged.
Are you willing to investigate a little further I asked. Sure James said.
What makes you think your mind has any fewer resources than someone elses? You have the ability to think, to be conscious, to make conscious choices and to see things optimistically by using your mind. Do you think your mind has less of an ability to do these things than someone else? Well, no. I guess my mind can do every one of those things too. James replied. The only difference between your mind and theirs is HOW YOU USE IT. I responded.
Remember, the true essence of the mental game includes the mind, the body and the emotions. They are all connected and they are constantly communicating with each other which is why you are influenced by them 100% of the time. There is no getting around this. Everything happens from within first. Your results, your anger/emotions, tension/relaxation levels, optimism/pessimism, enjoyment/frustration and so on are triggered from within. Your mind is capable of thinking the same thoughts that champions think. Your natural resource is already available!
Lets see how you are using your natural resource. Answer the following:
  1. When you face adversity; do you see trouble or opportunity?

  3. When you make a poor shot do you think Im no good or so what?

  5. When you face birdie putts do you think I hope I make this! or this is fun. I love this?

  7. When you bogey the first hole do you think Darn it, there goes my round or Ok; no problem. Lets get back on track right now?
You have the same ability to use your natural resource as anyone does. How are you using it?
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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

    Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

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    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.