A Chip on the New Block

By David BreslowOctober 4, 2006, 4:00 pm
A Chip off the old block is now a Chip on the new block! Chip Beck made his Champions Tour debut last week with a sterling top 10 finish followed by a 3rd place finish in his second event this past weekend, firing 5 birdies on the final 9 holes.
Chip Beck I met Chip in 2003 while he was struggling on the Nike-turned-Nationwide Tour. He had seen many different swing coaches and talked to several folks in the arena of Sports Psychology yet his struggles continued for some time. Finally, Chip settled on swing coach Dr. Jim Suttie, a Golf Channel guest and Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher (www.jimsuttie.com). Dr. Suttie introduced me to Chip shortly after and within 5 weeks of our working together Chip was making birdies again, finishing in the top 10 twice and tasting success again.
Chip is now the new guy on the Champions Tour and clearly enjoying it. For any of you who have ever been down and out or felt as if youve lost your game, Chip remains a beacon of hope and persistence. Chip Beck is a golfer. Although he ventured into other areas during his down periods, his journey led him to the realization that in his core: he is a golfer. The Champions Tour provides him a tremendous opportunity and teaches us all there is a second chance out there if we are willing to recognize it and seize it.
In our time together, Chip was exposed to some of the Performance Laws I write about so often on this site. These Laws are all about helping people tap into a potential that already exists within them. These Laws are undeniable and influence everyone, no matter who you are or what your level of play is. In fact, the basic foundation of the FlowZone Approach is:
You already have all the tools you need to excel!

After spending years searching for an answer, Chip discovered that everything he needed was already within him and this insight goes beyond the usual be more confident and focus on targets. I suggest that a mental game is not only a part of your game, it IS your game (the way I teach it) and its impact is undeniable because everything is connected. There are some golfers who still believe a mental game is a small percentage of their game (at least less than 100%) and it is this belief that causes players to continue to under perform, regardless of their physical skills. Ive witnessed this time and time again. Chip is aware of the internal process taking place and how it creates outcomes, both positive and negative, and that things dont just happen most of the time.
In fact, when we first met, Chip was happy to talk about the poor experiences hed been having over the past 7 years. After several minutes of this I asked him to stop. Dont you need to hear my story in order to help? he asked. Not really, I replied. This surprised him because, like many, he believed that telling and retelling his story was necessary for improvement. Im not disinterested in your experiences, I said. We can glean the important messages from them but to tell and retell them is not the most effective strategy. Besides, when you truly understand the workings of the mind/body relationship and the predictable laws by which they create outcomes, youll probably want to stop telling the story on your own. For now, your first assignment is: STOP telling it. Chips jaw dropped in surprise because, until this moment, he thought telling his story was necessary. Then I asked, How long have you been telling this story? On and off for about 6 years. Mostly on, he answered. Then I asked, How long have you been struggling on the tour? Chip laughed because he could see the connection coming. Okay. About 6 years. Theres your proof, I said. Chip smiled.
I reinforced the fact that the FlowZone approach is not about learning how to cope with the past so we dont have to dwell on it. Its not ignoring the past but it is about realizing that most of the things we think we need to cope with, we are actually creating. Then it becomes about creating something new and doing it immediately! Many of my clients find themselves in a similar predicament as Chip. They think they have to get rid of the past, make sure it doesnt happen again, try and figure it out, etc. and therefore continue to focus on it. This does not work. I was so proud of Chip when, 5 weeks later, as his play was returning to form, a reporter asked, So, what about all of your past trials and tribulations? Chips immediate response was, Well, whats most important now is how Im creating a new future I stood off to the side pumping my fist in joy.
Chips journey contains great messages for all of us and I see two very important lessons:
Take an honest look to see if what youre doing is truly getting you what you want.

You can cut down on your down time by applying one of the very first Performance Laws and it is: the more honest you are, the quicker you get what you want. Be open and willing to see the truth. Do you continue to do the same thing and get the same or similar results? Chip put his ego aside and was willing to be open to hear and see a different outlook and perspective at a time when hed tried just about everything. What can you learn from this?
Never give up on your dream.
Everything on his journey, even the down times and side roads occurred for a reason. They all made him stronger and wiser. This is the purpose of a lesson and if you are alive, there is no escaping them. In this way, Chip rediscovered his dream because all of his lessons pointed toward the fact that Chip is a golfer and this is what he wants to do. It doesnt matter if you are a pro like Chip or not. You could be someone who is struggling to be a pro or an already talented golfer but not displaying that talent enough. Your dream could be to cut strokes off a 25 handicap or 10 handicap. It simply does not matter. The Performance Laws are influencing all of us just the same and the lessons in Chip Becks journey are there for all of us to learn.
Heres to all of us Chip Becks in the world and to the achievement of our dreams.
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    Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

    The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.

    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    “To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

    To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

    “You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

    For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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    Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

    “I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”

    Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

    Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

    “Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

    That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

    “You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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    "Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

    Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

    Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

    To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

    “It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

    Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

    • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
    • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
    • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.


    “This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

    that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange


    “I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico


    Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 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 GolfChannel.com.  

    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; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

    GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)