Having the wrong mindset can cause you serious problems. I read a post on social media earlier by a pro golfer about Jordan Spieth’s audible outburst with his caddy yesterday which simply stated, “This is what The US Open does to you”.
What she was referring to, was his exchange with his caddie that was caught by Fox TV about two pieces of information/advice he received from his caddy wherein Jordan spelt out quite clearly what he felt.
“Two perfect shots, Michael,” Spieth said. “You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other.”
Afterwards, when questioned, he put it down to ‘frustration’.
Which is understandable from the point of view, it’s the US Open after all and one of the most difficult tournaments on the tour.
But in my humble opinion, not defensible. He makes the final decision, he takes the shot, even if they worked out what needed to be done as a team, so then there’s no need to point the finger solely at the caddie.
It was knee jerk re-action.
Until recently Spieth had been a very calm and collected young golfer who has won 3 Majors, so he knows what it’s like being in such situations, especially as it’s only day one!
However, my point here is more to do with the statement from the pro golfer saying “This is what the US Open does to you”.
The US Open, nor any other competition doesn’t do anything to YOU. It doesn’t go out of its way to eat you, Jordan Spieth or anyone else up on purpose. The course is set up by the USGA and it meant to be a stern test.
The course itself doesn’t make you blame someone else, it doesn’t make you curse or throw tantrums. It just sits there being itself.
The difference is in the perception.
The late Wayne Dyer said “When we change the way we look at something, the thing we look at changes”.
How we think and feel about different tournaments and the way we perceive them is what makes the difference. The media hype and build up because it’s a Major.
Now I’m not saying it’s not an important tournament, but putting too much importance or meaning on something is how much pressure we determine is put on ourselves.
Which is where many struggle.
Years ago, Bjorn Borg known as the Ice Man regularly played with players who were having tantrums and he quietly went about his business playing brilliant tennis, not succumbing to the pressures or wrong calls against him.
“Easier said than done” I can hear you cry.
I didn’t say it was easy. Simple yes.
It comes down to self-awareness and control. Mastery of self was never meant to be easy and that’s why golf is such a challenging and difficult game. It’s not simply hitting a ball with a metal stick.
I love watching Jordan play and look forward to the rest of what looks like being a terrific tournament.
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