Assessing Your Game

By David BreslowJune 29, 2005, 4:00 pm
One of the first things we do in the FlowZone process is to ask clients to assess themselves. The entire FlowZone Assessment is comprehensive and covers a wide variety of Performance specific qualities, trends and habits. In addition it covers the important elements that affect your entire performance including questions that address the mind, emotions and physical part of your game.
We focus on what I call Performance Laws and Principles. The reason is these principles influence everyone regardless of your age, your gender, your personality type or experience level. Knowing personality traits is one thing; understanding how the principles affect you is another. I consider them to be root cause principles because you can always go back to them to identify how they are influencing your game and create solutions at any time.
One of the metaphors I often use is the notion of gravity. Most people agree that gravity is a natural law. What goes up must come down. Gravity, being a natural law operates the same in one country as it does another and for one person the same as another. We could not believe in gravity, we could deny it and we could resist it. Either way, gravity itself is not influenced by what we think about it. The law of gravity still operates completely independent of what we think about it doesnt it? The law is very neutral and unbiased. It operates the same for everybody. The Performance laws and principles operate the same way. They influence our performance whether we are aware of them or not.
The first two operating principles we look at are:
1. Clarity is Key
The mind/body/performance principles are in effect at all times. There is a constant communication taking place between them and the more clear you are, the better the communication is. Take the internet for example. If you use Google (or whatever you use) as a search engine and type in the word stuff you get back a lot of information that is very vague and general. If, however, you type in The Golf Channel youll get back results that are more specific with your request. The internet operates on this principle of clarity and so does your mind/body/performance relationship. The more clear you are in your mind, the better the communication and response from your emotions and body. Players who experience run on minds or who overanalyze (a high majority of clients) know from experience how this principle is playing out. There is usually very little clarity going on but there is a lot of mental noise. Remember the Google metaphor: if you put lack of clarity in: you get lack of clarity out.
2. Honesty: the more honest you are the faster you get what you want
This principle addresses the notion that what you resist or refuse to see; has little chance to change. Think about this. Lets say you keep making poor decisions when it comes to club selection and because you do; you add shots to your scorecard. Lets say you deny that this is happening or that its some
other reason thats causing your score to balloon. Your resistance/denial to the truth will continue to be a problem. It is virtually impossible to change something if we are not willing to admit it exists. In what area might you be not willing to admit some truth that is holding your performance back?
Some golfers think their shot selection is fine when it causes them to shoot higher scores than their talent would suggest. Some golfers believe their pre-shot routines are effective when they are really not. Its amazing what can happen when a client becomes willing to be honest about some aspect of themselves or their game because in that moment the pressure comes off because it takes energy to resist and deny. When they decide to be honest about some aspect, that energy gets released!
Just as gravity is a law, so are these two principles. You can see that they are not influenced by personality or age, gender or skill. This is why I call them root cause factors.
Ive taken just a portion of the long version of the assessment. Answer the following statements and take an honest look at where you are RIGHT NOW; not where you wish you were or want to be.
Answer by rating yourself from 1 to 5 with 5 being Very much like me and 1 being Not at all like me.
* I dont practice formal breathing exercises daily
* I tend to focus on what can go wrong (The What Ifs)
* I ignore my gut or intuition
* Setbacks / disappointments disrupt my game
* When close to succeeding; I play it safe
* I worry about making mistakes
* I get down when I make mistakes
* Certain types of people get to me and throw me off my game
* My mind tends to wander
* I overanalyze my golf swing
* I focus on results/score too much
* I tend to be self-critical/judgmental
* My results are in line with time/effort I put into the game
* I feel tension in my golf swing
* My confidence is based on results
* I have a hard time tolerating mistakes/errors/poor shots
* I dont perform as well as I can and Im not sure why
Now, allow someone else to respond to these statements about you! It might be interesting to compare your responses.
NOTE: You can take the entire Assessment online (only $79) and receive a summary report via email. If interested: email with assessment in the subject line.
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    Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

    Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

    Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

    Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

    He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

    "I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:40 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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    The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 5:30 am

    Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

    What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

    What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

    How old is it?

    It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

    Where is it played?

    There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

    Where will it be played this year?

    At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

    Who has won The Open on that course?

    Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

    Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

    Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

    Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

    This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

    Who has won this event the most?

    Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

    What about the Morrises?

    Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

    Have players from any particular country dominated?

    In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

    Who is this year's defending champion?

    That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

    What is the trophy called?

    The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

    Which Opens have been the most memorable?

    Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

    When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

    Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.