Your Mind Is Already Great

By David BreslowSeptember 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
When we speak of the Mind of a Champion we often refer to the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that champions demonstrate. While there are certain attitudes and beliefs a champion maintains that may be different from the golfer who struggles or under performs there is one thing that is the same. That is:
 
'The mind of a champion is no different than the mind of a person who struggles or under performs. Your mind is exactly the same as the champions mind.'
 
How do you react when you read this statement? Do you silently think I wish or That would be great but its not true! or anything along these lines? The truth is; your mind is no less or no more than anyone elses. It is a resource that has the capacity to be great or not. It has the capacity to negative or positive. Its not the mind that is one or the other; the mind is simply a resource that uses what you give it. What you give it makes all the difference. How we use the natural resource of the mind is up to us. Believe it or not, success and failure arise from the same mind. One person is successful and another may be a failure but both are using the same mind to create different results. You have the same mental capabilities as anyone else; whether they are a champion or not!
 
'The mind, with all of its natural resources and capabilities is unlimited. The only limitations the mind has are those each of us put upon it.'
 
James, a 14 handicap spoke to me last year and said he felt he could play better golf but wasnt doing so and that he was very frustrated. He said he read all the material on Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Annika Sorenstam to see what a champion does mentally that is different than him. He struggled trying to adopt the mindsets he read about and it just wasnt working for him. I asked him if he believed Tiger, Vijay or Annika had something he didnt. He replied Sure they do, their minds are better than mine. Theres your challenge. I said to James. What do you mean? he countered. Well, it seems to me you believe their minds are somehow better than yours and that you need to do something to make your mind as good theirs. What would you say if I told you that your mind is already as good as theirsin fact its the same? Id say youre nuts! James charged.
 
Are you willing to investigate a little further I asked. Sure James said.
What makes you think your mind has any fewer resources than someone elses? You have the ability to think, to be conscious, to make conscious choices and to see things optimistically by using your mind. Do you think your mind has less of an ability to do these things than someone else? Well, no. I guess my mind can do every one of those things too. James replied. The only difference between your mind and theirs is HOW YOU USE IT. I responded.
 
Remember, the true essence of the mental game includes the mind, the body and the emotions. They are all connected and they are constantly communicating with each other which is why you are influenced by them 100% of the time. There is no getting around this. Everything happens from within first. Your results, your anger/emotions, tension/relaxation levels, optimism/pessimism, enjoyment/frustration and so on are triggered from within. Your mind is capable of thinking the same thoughts that champions think. Your natural resource is already available!
 
EXERCISE:
Lets see how you are using your natural resource. Answer the following:
  1. When you face adversity; do you see trouble or opportunity?

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  3. When you make a poor shot do you think Im no good or so what?

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  5. When you face birdie putts do you think I hope I make this! or this is fun. I love this?

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  7. When you bogey the first hole do you think Darn it, there goes my round or Ok; no problem. Lets get back on track right now?
You have the same ability to use your natural resource as anyone does. How are you using it?
 
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    DJ, McIlroy, Spieth listed as PGA betting favorites

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 1:38 pm

    Three majors are in the books, but there's still one more trophy up for grabs in two weeks' time.

    While next year The Open will signal the end of the 2019 major season amid a revamped calendar, this is the final year that the PGA Championship will be held in August. The tournament returns next month to Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis, which last hosted the PGA when Nick Price won in 1992 and hasn't hosted a PGA Tour event since Camilo Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship.

    Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published PGA betting odds shortly after the final putt dropped at Carnoustie and Francesco Molinari left with the claret jug. Topping the board are a trio of major champions: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, all listed at 12/1.

    McIlroy won the PGA in both 2012 and 2014, while Spieth needs only the Wanamaker Trophy to round out the career Grand Slam. Johnson has recorded four top-10s in the PGA, notably a T-5 finish at Whistling Straits in 2010 when a few grains of sand kept him out of a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

    Fresh off a T-6 finish in Scotland, Tiger Woods headlines the group listed at 16/1, behind only the three co-favorites as he looks to win a 15th career major.

    Here's a look at the betting odds for a number of contenders, with the opening round of the PGA just 17 days away:

    12/1: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

    16/1: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

    18/1: Justin Rose

    20/1: Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

    25/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day

    30/1: Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

    40/1: Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Paul Casey

    50/1: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar

    60/1: Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson

    80/1: Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner

    100/1: Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Brian Harman, Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman

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    Molinari moves to No. 6 in world with Open win

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:31 pm

    After breaking through for his first career major title, Francesco Molinari reached some rarified air in the latest installment of the Official World Golf Rankings.

    The Italian's two-shot win at Carnoustie moved him up nine spots to No. 6 in the world, not surprisingly a new career high. But it's also a quick ascent for Molinari, who has now won three of his last six worldwide starts and was ranked No. 33 in the world after missing the cut at The Players Championship two months ago.

    A share of second place helped Xander Schauffele jump from No. 24 to No. 18 in the updated standings, while the same result meant Kevin Kisner went from No. 33 to No. 25. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy both went up one spot after T-2 finishes to No. 2 and No. 7, respectively - a new career high for Rose.

    The drama in the rankings unfolded at No. 50, as Tiger Woods moved up 21 spots to exactly No. 50 following his T-6 finish. While some projections had him moving to 51st, Woods was able to sneak into the top 50 just in time to qualify for a return to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as the top 50 in the rankings both this week and next qualify for Akron.

    That includes Zach Johnson, last year's runner-up who was not yet qualified but moved from No. 52 to No. 49 this week. It also includes Kevin Chappell, who went from 61st to 47th with a T-6 finish in Scotland.

    Despite missing the cut at Carnoustie, Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for another week followed by Rose, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Molinari is now at No. 6, with McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day rounding out the top 10.

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    Simpson overtakes DeChambeau in Ryder Cup race

    By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:09 pm

    A T-12 finish at The Open allowed Webb Simpson to move past Bryson DeChambeau into the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race with just three weeks to go.

    Simpson finished the week at 3 under, five shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Adding another strong result to his win at TPC Sawgrass and T-10 finish at the U.S. Open, he's now edged in front of DeChambeau by less than 41 points. But with players earning one point per $1,000 each of the next two weeks and 1.5 points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship, the race is far from over.

    Jordan Spieth's T-9 finish strengthened his position at No. 6, as the top six players are essentially assured of qualifying automatically. Rickie Fowler held onto his spot at No. 7, while Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner both moved onto the bubble following T-2 finishes at Carnoustie. After a T-6 finish, Tiger Woods jumped from 31st to 20th.

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    1. Brooks Koepka

    2. Dustin Johnson

    3. Patrick Reed

    4. Justin Thomas

    5. Bubba Watson

    6. Jordan Spieth

    7. Rickie Fowler

    8. Webb Simpson

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    9. Bryson DeChambeau

    10. Phil Mickelson

    11. Xander Schauffele

    12. Matt Kuchar

    13. Kevin Kisner

    14. Tony Finau

    15. Brian Harman

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    Here's a look at how things look for the Europeans, with the top four from each list after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

    European Points

    1. Francesco Molinari

    2. Justin Rose

    3. Tyrrell Hatton

    4. Tommy Fleetwood

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    Thorbjorn Olesen

    Russell Knox

    Eddie Pepperell

    World Points

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    2. Alex Noren

    3. Rory McIlroy

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    Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

    By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

    NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

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