It was an amazing bounce back. Last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Billy Horschel needed to hit the 72th hole green and then 2 putt to get into a playoff with Chris Kirk. Instead Billy hit his 6-iron into the drink and Kirk went on to victory.
Afterward, when asked the stinging question of what happened, Billy never used the “C” word. Instead he said he had a bad lie, and stayed down on it too long, which led to a bad shot. Further, Billy added that he just hit a bad shot at the wrong time. He never saw it as anything else.
How often do you use the “C” word about your game? Do you call yourself bad names when you hit bad shots? Do you berate yourself like your own worst enemy when you hit an unexpected poor shot?
Instead of labeling your play with derogatory names, be like Billy Horschel. Don’t use the “C” word to describe yourself and your play. Everyone hits bad shots. That is golf. Sometimes they come at unfortunate times. But that does not mean you should use the “C” word.
Billy Horschel bounced back from an embarrassing moment, in front of millions, because he labeled himself a winner, and then he proceeded to win next week at the BMW Championship. The mind is a powerful tool. It can greatly help you or hurt you-it is your choice!
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is the sports psychologist and professor at Austin Peay State University. He is a regular guest every Wednesday on “Talk of the Tour” heard on the Sirius/XM PGA TOUR radio. He has been the mental game coach for many PGA TOUR players and is the author of the best selling golf psychology book, MentalRules for Golf.. Please visit him at www.drgreggsteinberg.com