Your Toughest Opponent

By David BreslowMay 30, 2007, 4:00 pm
Do you believe you perform up to your potential?
Is what youre doing helping you get what you want?
If not, why do you keep doing it?
When I ask clients the first question above; 90% say No. Most golfers are searching for ways to get an edge and lower their scores yet many dont find the results they want. The drive to be your best comes from within and its natural to feel that way. However, you may discover that your toughest opponent is not the golf course, the clubs, the weather or any other outside factor. Your toughest opponent is you.
Ben, a 16 handicap complained that he couldnt understand why he didnt play up to his talent level. I keep messing up and I spend a lot time reading books and searching for something that will help me break through, he said. Ben goes through what many people experience. Ben decided the answer to his performance issues would be found in some article, some book or some DVD. Youre looking in the wrong place I told him. What do you mean the wrong place? Where am I supposed to look? he asked. Well, youve tried your approach so hows it working for you? I asked Ben. He didnt want to admit it at first but he soon realized that what he was doing was not getting him what he wanted.
While the many tips he tried had a short term influence on his game, overall he was still under performing. Ok I said. The truth is; your toughest opponent will always be you. Youre limiting yourself because you havent realized that you produce outcomes and experiences through a set of very precise and predictable laws and principles. How you use your mind, body and emotions will dictate whether you tap into your talents or not. The Laws by which the mind, body and emotions function are what I call The Source, because these are the root cause factors and when you go to the source you discover the solutions to playing your best.
Think of any stories, documentaries or films that have meaning to you. Stories of personal triumph and success like the films Rudy or Hoosiers are perfect examples of people facing themselves in order to get what they want.
Here are some suggestions to see how you might be limiting yourself. Even though you may not know the laws and how they influence you right now, you can check yourself out by looking at:
What do you tend to say to yourself? What are the kinds of thought streams you have? What you say to yourself is very important because your words have a tremendous impact on performance
Create a Vision
While many athletes (and non athletes) know about visioning and imagery, many of them dont formally practice it. Visioning is one of your most powerful tools because when you create a vision you involve the whole body. Visioning sets the stage for action and change. Can you imagine yourself great? Try it and notice what happens in your body.
Take Action
To break your limitations it is important to take action every day. What do you do each day that takes you toward being great? Daily rituals and practice habits are ways to start acting great in order to be great. The real question is: are your actions getting you what you want?
You can begin by asking yourself the three questions posed at the beginning of this article:
  • Do you believe you perform up to your potential?

  • Is what youre doing helping you get what you want?

  • If not, why do you keep doing it?

Your toughest challenge will always be you.
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010. 

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    Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

    “That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

    So was Woods.

    DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

    “His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

    Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

    “He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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    “The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

    Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

    “Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

    “Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

    Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.