I guess I missed on the Tiger is back article…this week was the first week that he did not break par over four rounds in a regular PGA Tour event – likely something he will want to forget quickly. So, not exactly back. Having played this game a long time now, I know that progress always starts with a glimpse on the course and then it gradually works its way into your game permanently. Maybe I saw his glimpse…or maybe he is just done. Either way I am looking forward to The Open next week.
I like the timeliness of the outcome of this week’s tournament. I am reading a book by Dr. Bob Rotella and the mental approach to the game he describes seems very fitting to the great win by Justin Rose this week. Not sure if you remember, but he had a four shot lead going into Sunday the week before at the Travelers Championship and shot 75 to lose the tournament. And although it looked like he was going to give away the tournament this weekend, he managed to hang on and come away with his second win in five weeks. Remembering your successes in golf and forgetting your failures is so important for your mental self image. If you don’t think you will make a putt or hit a good shot or come through under pressure, then you won’t, I guarantee it. See my favorite Rotella book after the jump.
I have always been a fan of Rotella’s. I have read a few of his books and I credit “Putting Out of Your Mind” for completely changing my putting game. Everyone can learn something from that book about the mental approach to putting. I highly recommend you read it. I am reading a newer book from him now and will write a review once I have finished it.
It is hard for me to get to excited about the John Deere this week as most of the top players have already ventured across the pond for The Open. Should be an interesting Open at St. Andrews. Some of the lowest Open scores in history have been shot at St. Andrews. I am expecting a low score next week as well. Time to get our of bed early and watch some golf.