Are You Really Committed

By David BreslowOctober 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
Most golfers understand why its important to be committed to every golf shot but many golfers admit they are not fully committed over every golf shot.
When I ask golfers if they are committed they often respond sometimes. In my experience with golfers weve discovered that they are not committed to a golf shot nearly as much as they thought they were. When I say committed, I mean FULLY committed. This means fully engaging your mind, body and emotions toward your intended outcome without hesitation, doubt or concern for the outcome. How often does this describe you?
 
Note the synonyms for the word committed. They are; to be devoted, unswerving and faithful. How many times do you experience these over a golf shot?
 
To be committed to a golf shot literally means to commit your mind, your emotions and your body to the shot at hand. To some golfers, this is risky because it means truly letting go. I can tell you that the rewards certainly outweigh the risks! When you are fully committed you draw together your thoughts, your feelings and your actions toward your intended target.
 
Once again, if you view your body as a vehicle through which energy constantly moves, the experience of commitment creates a very powerful energy surge that directs your mind, body and emotions toward a very single purposeto hit the golf shot youve intended. This creates a single force that causes you to be very clear, decisive and relaxed over the golf ball.
 
What happens when you are not fully committed?
 
Remembering that the mind, body and emotions are all connected to each other and communicate with each other, a lack of commitment literally sends messages to the body that cause you to experience:
  • Doubt

  • Tentativeness

  • Fear
Think back to times when you were unclear or uncommitted over a shot. What did you notice happening in your body? Chances are you experience mental doubt, anxious emotions and tightness in your muscles. The result: a golf swing that is tentative and below your natural talent level.
 
What does it take to be fully committed over a shot?
 
Its time to take your commitment up to the next level. Being sort of committed is not effective enough. The good news is that you dont have to wait for positive results in order to be committed to a shot. You dont have to wait to feel confident, see a good string of shots or any other events to take place. You can be committed the moment you decide to be committed. Here are some steps you can begin using to be fully committed:
 
1. Commitment is a CHOICE
 
You dont need any special tools or skills or talent to be committed. It begins with a simple choice. If you want to be committed then choose to be fully committed to any shot. Just by making that choice you will engage your mind, body and emotions more effectively
 
2. Commitment has NOTHING TO DO with external events
 
You can be committed no matter what it is going on in the environment around you or the results you have on the golf course. Some golfers are more committed when they are playing well and not as committed when they are not playing as well. Why cant you be committed either way? External situations or conditions do not have to affect it your commitment level. Be fully committed to your next shot no matter what has gone on prior to it!
 
3. Get Committed BEFORE you address the ball
 
Some players wait until they are over the ball to be committed to the shotthats too late! Try this: when you finish your pre-shot routinestay behind the ball and stand perfectly still, eyes laser beamed on your target, body posture up and strong. While in this position silently repeat I am fully committed to this shot. Say it, see it and feel itTHEN move into address position. This few seconds can completely alter the way you move into address position as well as heighten your mental and emotional state
 
4. Check-in with yourself
 
During the round check in using your own commitment meter. Use a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 meaning you are highly committed. By checking in with yourself you raise your commitment levels when needed and keep it on your conscious awareness throughout the round.
 
Being fully committed to your golf shots is a great feeling and can keep you more focused, more relaxed and more into the game. Enjoy!
 
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    Punch shot: Predictions for the 147th Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 4:00 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In advance of the 147th Open Championship, GolfChannel.com writers sound off on burning questions as players ready for a fast and firm test at Carnoustie. Here’s what our writers think about myriad topics:

    The Monday morning headline will be …

    REX HOGGARD: “Survival.” This one is easy. It always is at Carnoustie, which is widely considered The Open’s most demanding major championship test. Monday’s headline will be that the champion - pick a champion, any one will do - “survived” another dramatic Open. You don’t dominate Carnoustie; you endure.

    RYAN LAVNER: “DJ Bashes Way to Victory at Carnoustie.” If somehow a two-win season could be disappointing, it has been for DJ. He’s first in scoring average, birdie average, par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, strokes gained: tee to green and proximity from the rough. Those last two stats are the most important, especially here at Carnoustie, with these dry conditions. The game’s preeminent long-and-straight driver, there’s a better-than-decent chance he rolls.

    MERCER BAGGS: “Rahm Tough: Spaniard charges to Open victory.” Jon Rahm will claim him maiden major title this week by powering his way through the winds and fescue at Carnoustie.

    JAY COFFIN: “Thomas wins second major, ascends to world No. 1 again.” Shortly after The Open last year, Thomas rolled through the end of the PGA Tour season. This is the time of year he likes best. Despite a poor Open record the last two years, he’s not remotely concerned. He’s a tad miffed he didn’t win in France two weeks ago and comes to Carnoustie refreshed, with a gameplan, and ready to pounce.



    Who or what will be the biggest surprise?

    HOGGARD: Style of play. Given Carnoustie’s reputation as a brute, the surprise will be how the champion arrives at his lofty perch. Unlike previous editions at Carnoustie, this week’s dry conditions will promote more aggressive play off the tee and the winner will defy the norm and power his way to victory.

    LAVNER: Tiger Woods. This is Woods’ best chance to win a major this year, and here’s believing he contends. His greatest strengths are his iron game and scrambling, and both aspects will be tested to the extreme at Carnoustie, helping separate him from some of the pretenders. With even a little cooperation from his putter, he should be in the mix.

    BAGGS: Padraig Harrington. He had a good opening round last week at the Scottish Open and has some good vibes being the 2007 Open champion at Carnoustie. He won’t contend for four rounds, but a few days in the mix would be a nice surprise.

    COFFIN: Alex Noren. Perhaps someone ranked 11th in the world shouldn’t be a surprise, but with so much focus on some of the bigger, household names, don’t be surprised when Noren is in contention on Sunday. He hasn’t finished worse than 25th since early May and won two weeks ago in France. He also tied for sixth place last year at Royal Birkdale.



    Who or what will be the biggest disappointment?

    HOGGARD: Jordan Spieth. Although he was brilliant on his way to victory last year at Royal Birkdale, Spieth is not the same player for this week’s championship, the byproduct of a balky putter that has eroded his confidence. Spieth said giving back the claret jug this week was hard, but his finish will be even tougher.

    LAVNER: Weather. This might sound a little sadistic, but one of the unique joys of covering this tournament is to watch the best in the world battle conditions they face only once a year – the bone-chilling cold, the sideways rain, the howling wind. It doesn’t appear as though that’ll happen this year. With only a few hours of light rain expected, and no crazy winds in the forecast, the biggest challenge for these stars will be judging the bounces on the hard, baked-out turf.

    BAGGS: Jordan Spieth. The defending champion is still trying to find his winning form and Carnoustie doesn’t seem the place to do that. As much as he says he loves playing in strong winds, there should be enough danger around here to frustrate Spieth into a missed cut.

    COFFIN: Rory McIlroy. I hope I’m wrong on this, because the game is better when Rory is in contention at majors. Putting always has been his issue and seemingly always will be. While there isn’t as much of a premium placed on putting this week because of slower greens, he may still have to hit it close. Super close.



    What will be the winning score?

    HOGGARD: 10 under. The last two Opens played at Carnoustie were won with 7-under and 6-over totals, but this week’s conditions will favor more aggressive play and lower scores. Expect to see plenty of birdies, but the great equalizer will come on Sunday when wind gusts are forecast to reach 25 mph.

    LAVNER: 15 under. An Open at Carnoustie has never produced a winner lower than 9 under (Tom Watson in 1975), but never have the conditions been this susceptible to low scores. Sure, the fairway bunkers are still a one-shot penalty, but today’s big hitters can fly them. The thin, wispy rough isn’t much of a deterrent. And the wind isn’t expected to really whip until the final day.

    BAGGS: 12 under. We aren’t going to see the same kind of weather we have previously witnessed at Carnoustie, and that’s a shame. Any players who catch relatively benign conditions should be able to go low, as long as they can properly navigate the fairway rollout.

    COFFIN: 14 under. Walked into a local golf shop in the town of Carnoustie wearing a Golf Channel logo and the man behind the counter said, “It’ll take 14 under to win this week.” Well, he’s been here for years and seen Carnoustie host The Open twice before. He knows more about it than I do, so I’ll stick with his number.

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    Watch: Na plays backwards flop and practices lefty

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

    Fresh off his victory at The Greenbrier, Kevin Na is taking a quite-literally-backwards approach to his Open prep.

    Caddie Kenny Harms has been sharing videos of Na's early work at Carnoustie.

    This one shows Na standing in a bunker and playing a flop shot over his own head (as opposed to someone else's):

    While it's unlikely he'll have a need for that exact shot this week, it's far more likely a player may have to think about turning his club over and playing from the wrong side of the ball, like so:

    Na has made 4 of 6 cuts at The Open and will look to improve on his best career finish, currently a T-22 in 2016 at Royal Troon.

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    McIlroy growing 'comfortable' on Open courses

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 1:45 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For a player who once complained about the vagaries of links golf, Rory McIlroy enters this Open with a dazzling record in the sport’s oldest championship.

    Though he missed the 2015 event because of an ankle injury, McIlroy has now posted three consecutive top-5 finishes in the year’s third major.

    “It’s surprising a little bit that my best form in major championships has been this tournament,” he said Wednesday, “but at the same time I’ve grown up these courses, and I’m comfortable on them. I think going to courses on The Open rota that I’ve played quite a lot. I think that helps. You have a comfort level with the golf course, and you’ve built up enough experience to know where to hit and where not to hit it.”


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    McIlroy still regrets what happened in 2015, when he “did something slightly silly” and injured his ankle while playing soccer a few weeks before the event. That came a year after he triumphed at Royal Liverpool.

    “Since 2010, I couldn’t wait to play The Open at St. Andrews,” he said. “I thought that was one of my best chances to win a major.”

    He tied for 42nd at Carnoustie in 2007, earning low-amateur honors.  

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    Height of irony: Phil putts in front of 'rules' sign

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 1:36 pm

    A picture is worth 1,000 words and potentially two strokes for playing a moving ball under Rule 14-5 but not Rule 1-2.

    Phil Mickelson has been having some fun during his Open prep at Carnoustie hitting flop shots over human beings, but the irony of this photo below is too obvious to go over anyone's head.

    Mickelson also tried tapping down fescue two weeks ago at The Greenbrier, incurring another two-shot penalty.

    And so we're left to wonder about what Phil asked himself back at Shinnecock Hills: "The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’”