Infinite Golf Insights Problems Dont Improve You

By David BreslowNovember 14, 2007, 5:00 pm
Infinite Golf Insights: Problems Dont Improve You!
Problems dont improve you. This statement immediately goes against the grain of popular belief when clients first hear it. They are a little surprised by this because they believe that working through problems is normal and that the struggle that goes with it is to be commended. Dont get me wrong, everyone has challenges to work through on and off the golf course and Im not negating this part of your journey at all. Many of us have worked through real problems (personal or professional) and are stronger and better for it. Im talking about the problems that are self-generated and can be reduced or even eliminated. Youd be surprised how many of them fit this category and these sabotage your gam
When some people notice their problems they may unconsciously hold their problems very close to them. How do they do this? They:
Think a lot about it
Worry about it
Try to figure out how to get away from it or change it
Talk a lot about it
As a result, golfers struggle to play their best and many even believe that playing great golf should be a struggle because its their norm experience. When its not a struggle and things seem to go well, its a wonderful bonus but not the normal expectation! My question to you is; why is it assumed that playing well has to be a struggle? This is the mindset of the Finite Game golfer (see article titled, Your Peak Potential: Finite or Infinite?).
Problems dont improve you.

Brad, a 9 handicap contacted me because he was frustrated with his game. Hed been shooting higher scores this season and his handicap was now up to 13. He knew he was better than that and when he realized he was only making excuses (i.e. had things on his mind) he decided enough was enough. I heard you help people make quick changes, he said. Yes. I can teach you the insights that can definitely help you see quick changes but theyll also last in the long run too if you apply them, I replied.
Brads next comment was, Im pretty good at dealing with my problems. In fact, I fight through a lot of things when I play. Soyoure good at coping with a lot of your performance problems are you? I asked. Yes. I do it a lot, he replied proudly. What would you say if I told you that you could almost eliminate your so-called problems and play your best golf more often without struggling? Is that really possible? he asked bewildered.
Problems dont improve you.

Heres what I mean when I write, problems dont improve you. Up to 85% of the problems golfers face are things theyre creating in the first place! Brad was shocked to hear this and didnt believe itat first. He assumed the problems he faced were supposed to be there (because they always were!) and his way of working on them was to arm himself with coping skills, which he had plenty of. Brad believed that coping was the best way to fight that battle. If you believe that coping is the key, take a close look at the synonyms for the word cope and you may think differently. They are:
To struggle with
To muddle through
To manage
To get by/survive
Even if youve played well, does this pretty much describe many of your rounds? I asked. Unfortunately, it does Brad replied. Is struggling and getting by, what you really want? No! he said emphatically. Brad, like so many others, thought that struggling with problems through a round was a badge of honor in and of itself. After all, when you tough it out youve accomplished something, right? Brads problems didnt improve him even though he believed that struggling was normal. What Brad didnt realize, was that he truly was creating most of the problems he was working so hard to deal with. Brad quickly discovered how he was doing this and he also began to see that he was struggling far more than he needed to. He came to understand that his problems indeed did not improve him. He stopped coping and started creating more of what he wanted. He moved from playing Finite Golf to playing Infinite Golf and his experience changed on many levels; mentally, physically and emotionally. Golf became fun again and he was playing UP to his potential more often. Of course, he still faced issues on the course but he stopped generating many of his old, so-called problems and this allowed him to easily work with anything that came his way.
Take a look at your game. Is playing your best more of a struggle than it needs to be?
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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    Scott and Sunesson a one-week partnership

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

    Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

    But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.

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    “It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

    Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

    “It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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    After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

    In one of the most surprising rounds of the year, he played tentatively and carefully during the final day. Squaring off against the major-less Patrick Reed, on the brink of history, with the backing of nearly the entire crowd, it was McIlroy who shrank in the moment, who looked like the one searching for validation. He shot a joyless 74 and wound up six shots behind Reed.

    No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

    Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

    “I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”

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    And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

    Let it go.

    Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

    “I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

    It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

    During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

    Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

    “It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

    McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

    It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

    “I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

    The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

    Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

    The only thing left to do?

    Let it go.

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    Z. Johnson may have to pay for the jet home

    By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 1:23 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Zach Johnson will have some bragging rights when he gets back to the ultimate golf frat house on Friday after a second-round 67 moved him into the lead at The Open.

    Johnson is rooming with Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler this week at Carnoustie. It’s a tradition that began two years ago at Royal Troon.

    Kisner joked on Thursday after he took the first-round lead that the perks for the house/tournament front-runner were limited: “I probably get to eat first,” he said.

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    There is, however, one running wager.

    “Two years ago we, I don't know if you call it bet, but agreement that, if you win, you get the jet and you buy it, so we go home,” said Johnson, who added that because of varying travel arrangements, the wager might not be needed this year. “I didn't pay last year. Somebody else did.”

    Spieth won last year’s championship at Royal Birkdale.

    Despite the expense, Johnson said he didn’t know how much it costs to charter a private flight back to the United States, but it’s a good problem to have.

    “I’d be happy to fork it over,” he smiled.