It's where you are situated, each and every time you put the ball on the peg in the golf park. Did you not get the memo?
Oh, you thought someone else was running the show? "It" was determining the outcomes? Or perhaps you've just chosen to don the dreaded "victim's cap."
Yet a near 51-year-old Phil Mickelson took the wheel last week at the PGA Championship last week, and drove it right to the Wanamaker Trophy.
Are you looking for some direction with your golf? A re-acquaintance with the driver's seat of your game? I can help; shoot me a note if you'd like to discus (below).
Everything you need to learn and know from this triumph can be heard in the lyrics from my boys of Sniff 'n' The Tears. Go figure. Click up top on the wondrous album cover painted by band member and painter (don't you want to improve in multiple facets of your game?) Paul Roberts - then swing back thissa way for some CS insight re those words - and how the messages within can help you to better performance on the links..
A little driving on a Saturday night"
'Doing alright.' Aren't we all, at the end of the day, regardless of how we're faring on the links, just having the opportunity to play this game. Remember that next time things go south in a round; YOU are the fortunate one, so many others are just standing on the side of the road...
Saturday, Sunday - and the rest of the week for that matter - Phil drove it great. With TWO drivers in the bag, depending on the situation. It's arguably (no more arguing please, just look at the #'s, stats and research) the most important arrow in your quiver, so why not carry more than one? Or at the very least one that fits you properly. The one in Lefty's trusted hands above is a fantastic option; click above to peruse some offerings.
"Jenny was sweet
She always smiled for the people she'd meet
On trouble and strife
She had another way of looking at life"
"We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do"
- - Mother Teresa
OK, so Phil ain't no saint - but then again - who is? And in a world that is becoming more and more angry & divided, why not drop the mask for those in need, and share a smile. It might just brighten someone's day.
And what about yourself? There's trouble and strife around each and every dogleg on course, how are you responding after those less-than-perfect outcomes? Berating, belittling and beating yourself up? How does that work for ya?
How about looking at your golf mishap with some self-compassion, forgiveness and an internal smile? You know, a different way of looking at your golf life.
"The news is blue (the news is blue)
Has its own way to get to you (ooh)"
Is it - 'blue news'? Ooh... Or just the way you've chosen to interpret, and respond to, it?
The golf ball's final resting place after each and every swipe is largely out of your control; those results 'getting to you?'
Try putting your energy into the places where you are in the driver's seat:
- Planning/programming/visualizing what it is you want to do with the golf ball, prior to every stroke or swing (#phildid).
- Making committed swings and accept the outcomes (#phildid).
- Remain calm, cool and collected - via specific breathing, meditation and/or righteous nectar chewing gum (#phildid).
"Pick up your feet
You've got to move to the trick of the beat"
From a conscious and measured slow walk between shots all week - to having to pick up his feet to navigate the masses that appeared on his way to the 18th green on Sunday - Mickelson did indeed move to the 'trick of the beat...'
"A little bit unnerving but exceptionally awesome," he said afterwards, re the melee.
And what about the nifty adjustment he made to his grip on the shorty on 17? Click just north on the crowd scene to review.
You? Ready, willing and able to adapt at any moment? It's what the adventure called "golf" is all about...
Perhaps you too are stuck in the back seat, following dysfunctional patterns in your game and swing (and life?)? You know - ways that aren't working, yet you're so fearful of crashing temporarily, you stagnate in mediocrity. YIKES!! And you thought the scene above had shades of insanity.
Are you ready to reclaim the driver's seat of your golf game? I can help.
Contact me for a consultation; click on my logo just above for further specifics.
Remote and in-person coaching options at Eugene Country Club, & Puerto Los Cabos, Mexico. The development of an optimal practice program for you, your needs, and your schedule. Ideas and referrals in the equipment domain - those sticks in your bag, and your physical body. Science and evidenced-based help in achieving higher mental acuity on the course. A competent, comprehensive and on-going loop for learning, regardless of where you are on the planet.
"Who's driving this car, Stevie Wonder?"
- - Bruce Willis
~ CS ~