First Tee Focus Points

By David BreslowSeptember 19, 2008, 4:00 pm
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So youve just hit balls at the driving range and feel pretty good about your swing. Its time to go and you begin your walk or ride to the first tee andthen it happens. Everything changes! I doesnt matter what the event. It could be a big event like the Ryder Cup or a less publicized event at your local club or just a social round of golf. Either way, it means something to you. So what changes? The fact that all your strokes count kicks in. All of a sudden, everything you do has more meaning because the stakes just got higher. Will you hit the ball as well as you did on the range? Will you get off the first tee in good shape? With all your expectations and everyone watching will you start your round the way you really hope to? Your body tenses, your mind clutters and your emotions churn as the ball rests on the tee and you havent even hit it yet!
 

 
Okay. Maybe a bit dramatic but whether they make it obvious or not, the first tee negatively affects a lot of golfers. The first tee can really be a nerve wracking place and just looking at it can cause stress and anxiety. After all; its the first shot of the day and its the first one that really sets the tone for your round, right?
 

 
Its interesting to observe golfers with good to very good swing mechanics at the driving range arrive at the first tee only to look like a completely different person! Where did the golf swing go, Id wonder. Its the same person with the same equipment and yet its NOT the same golf swing!
 

 
Why does the first tee elicit so much doubt, fear and anxiety for some golfers?
 

 
If youve read any of my previous articles you know that your external outcomes will be influenced greatly by your internal state. In other words; it all begins within. Below are some focus points that can get you into trouble on the first tee with a brief insight to help you move forward more positively. If you approach the first tee with any the focus points below you will probably experience pressure, stress and muscle tension over the ball. The result: you may not be swinging the golf club in a way that honestly represents you talent level.
 

 
INEFFECTIVE Focus Points:
 

 
This is huge. It will set the tone for my entire round!


 
PROBLEM: You trigger pressure because you believe your ENTIRE ROUND will be based on this one shot. This is simply not true.
 

 
SOLUTION: Focus only on this shot and this shot only as having no more meaning than thata golf shot.
 

 
I worry about what others are thinking

 
PROBLEM: Your focus is on them rather than on preparing for your tee shot
 

 
SOLUTION: Bring your attention to you, your game and what you can control
 

 
Now it really counts'

 
PROBLEM: This creates tension, fear and doubt over the golf ball because this counts focus point can take the joy and excitement away from playing golf
 

 
SOLUTION: Bring your attention back to what you can control and think, Im excited and look forward to a great start.
 

 
Knock out the first tee jitters by taking charge of your own focus points!
 

 
To Your Best Golf.
 

 
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Five-time Open champ Thomson passes at 88

By Associated PressJune 20, 2018, 1:35 am

MELBOURNE, Australia – Five-time Open Championship winner Peter Thomson has died, his family said Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members on Wednesday morning.

Born on Aug, 23, 1929, Thomson was two months short of his 89th birthday.

The first Australian to win The Open Championship, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by Tom Watson.

On the American senior circuit he won nine times in 1985.

Thomson also served as president of the Australian PGA for 32 years, designing and building courses in Australia and around the world, helping establish the Asian Tour and working behind the scenes for the Odyssey House drug rehabilitation organization where he was chairman for five years.

He also wrote for newspapers and magazines for more than 60 years and was patron of the Australian Golf Writers Association.

In 1979 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to golf and in 2001 became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contributions as a player and administrator and for community service.

Thomson is survived by his wife Mary, son Andrew and daughters Deirdre Baker, Pan Prendergast and Fiona Stanway, their spouses, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced over the next few days.

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Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.