Youre Not Broken

By David BreslowJanuary 9, 2007, 5:00 pm
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Golf has often been called the quintessential mind game and golfers prove it every day all over the world. They know something is wrong and cant put their finger on how to fix it. Many of my clients contact me with the belief they are broken in some fashion. This may sound funny but the words they use back this up and because they think they are broken, they assume they need to be fixed. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are not broken and you dont need to fix yourself.
 
Arnold, a 15 handicapper called me last week and the conversation went like this, Hi, Im Arnold and I want to play better golf and I know Im my own worst enemy. Ive tried a number of different mental game things but Im still getting in my own way. Can you help? Im happy to help, I replied. How are you getting in your own way? I asked. This is when most clients roll out their stories and attempt to prove how broken they really are. Its interesting how convincing they can be and how adamant they are about it. Arnold wasnt any different. Well, there are many things I need to fix about my game. Just yesterday I was playing and found myself losing confidence after missing a fairway, and then I missed a short putt that made me angry and started talking to myself in a very negative way. Ive read all the books out there and I know Im not supposed to do that but Im still not playing the way I know I can. I know theres a lot I need to fix.
 
There it is'the fix word. What Arnold, and so many others are saying is I need fixing. This may come as a surprise to you Arnold but I can tell you that you dont need fixing. You make it sound like your broken somehow and youre not. The first thing Im going to ask you to consider is that you already have everything you need to get what you want and theres nothing to fix. Really? he said. Really I answered. Its not a matter of trying to fix all these things youve mentioned or fixing yourself. Its a matter of putting your mind, body and emotions back working together. When you do that'all the other things you think need fixing will begin to subside.
 
The notion that golfers need to fix something is pretty wide spread and it reveals itself in the way they talk about their games and themselves. Fixing a swing flaw with new mechanics is one thing, fixing yourself is quite another. Remember, youre not broken. If you think you are broken I believe thats a fundamentally incorrect assessment to begin with. If you think you are broken youll try anything you can to fix yourself and this is what leads to the ongoing search so many golfers undertake. Why not change that misperception and realize that you DO already have all the tools you need and that you were never broken in the first place! When Arnold made this very subtle but powerful shift in philosophy he was able to learn the FlowZone insights far more quickly and with greater impact on his game. Its amazing what happens to us when give up the notion that we are flawed or broken. Its very freeing.
 
Do you think youre broken in some way? Do you spend time or money trying to fix yourself? Youre not broken and you dont need to fix yourself. When you put your mind, body and emotions back in sync, you will function at a higher level and perform up to your potential. The Meta-Performance Laws and Insights taught in the FlowZone program are designed to do just that.
 
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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."