02
Jun

Matsuyama wins Jack Nicklaus’ tourney at Muirfield Vilalge

Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, shows us to be whom you are. Ironically, Matsuyama plays slow and methodical, just like the tournament host, Jack Nicklaus. Sports psychologists, myself included, are typically teaching our players to become more reactive. For instance when putting, we tell them to look at the […]

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26
May

Adam Scott uses the #1 label to help him win Colonial

Did the No. 1 world ranking help Adam Scott win the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial? A resounding “yes” is the answer! The labels we give ourselves and events will greatly affect our achievements. When you label yourself as a winner, you will feel like a winner. When you label yourself a great putter, you […]

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26
Apr

Matt Kuchar teaches about having a trigger

Matt Kuchar, the RBC Heritage champion, looks like he has a hitch in his swing. Right before he takes the club back, he picks his club off the ground and hovers it for a split second above the ball. Then he proceeds with his backswing. This maneuver is actually his trigger to kick start his […]

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22
Apr

Bubba Watson wins Masters with an attitude of gratitude

If you saw Sunday’s final round of the 2014 Masters Championship, you were rewarded with the magnificence of Bubba Watson. Not only was he hitting the golf ball over 300 yards at will, his irons were laser-like at every pin. His amazing play led to him capturing his second green jacket at Augusta National. However, […]

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10
Apr

Matt Jones shows us the power of full committment to your shot

In 1879, Thomas Edison proclaimed he would publicly display his light bulb invention by year’s end, yet all his experiments had failed up until that point in time. President John F. Kennedy stated that we would land a man on the moon and return him safely by decade’s end, yet the materials to accomplish that […]

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12
Nov

Body language is key to playing your best golf

One word comes to mind when you watched Chris Kirk play this past Sunday at St. Simons, GA: Relaxed. Kirk’s body language gives you the impression that he is feeling zero pressure. His mannerisms are like that of someone playing with his buddies at home for a $2  nassau.  His shoulders are relaxed and his […]

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07
Aug

Get into the Zone like Tiger Woods!

Unbelievable. Incredible. Amazing. Words pale in description of Tiger Woods’ second round performance at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.  Anyone who was lucky enough to see that round in person or on television witnessed some of the best golf ever played in competition. Tiger was hitting prodigious drives, lazer-like irons and making putts from everywhere. Through fourteen […]

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26
May

Make Every Course Your Favorite for Greater Scores

As a golf psychologist and sports psychologist, I always get the question about mental toughness. Here is an example of sports psychology at a premium: By any stretch of the imagination, the greens at the Quail Hollow Club were below par for a PGA TOUR event. The weather this Spring in Charlotte was cold and […]

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19
Aug

Fail Forward like Rory McIlroy, PGA Championship

Don’t feel bad about your last mistake or total mishap. Everyone has blundered–including the new king of golf, Rory McIlroy, winner of last week’s PGA Championship. In fact, his was a monumental meltdown at the 2011 Master’s. He started the final round with a 4-shot lead, but by the time he turned for home on […]

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21
Jul

Brandt Snedeker has a great mental game!

Brandt Snedeker is in the lead of the 2012 British Open after two rounds. He once told me that when he misses the green, he sees it as a challenge to get up and down. What a great attitude! We should always see life’s many obstacles as great and wonderful challenges.

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