You Have To Admire Tiger
Does the idea of love your competition seem strange to you? If so, it is because many individuals have been programmed to view their competition as their enemy - one, who is to be despised or burned in effigy at a football game. Of course, this does not hold true for the gentlemen's game of golf.
You have probably heard many times that you are your own worst enemy. Your biggest competition is with yourself, not Tiger Woods. The closer you come to perfecting yourself and your performance, the more likely you will win any competition you enter. Winning is merely a by-product of perfecting your performance to reach its highest level.
Tiger Woods opponents may not love him, but they have to respect and admire what he has accomplished. After starting off strong as a professional golfer, Tiger tapered off as he worked on improving the weak parts of his game. His game is so strong now that he has raised the standards of professional golf to an even higher level.
Your obligation to yourself is to strive for perfection. Your obligation to your competition is to help them reach perfection by exposing their weakness in the competitive arena. It is your solemn responsibility to beat your opponent within the rules to help them raise their standards to exceed yours.
Your opponent's role is to return the favour by exposing your weaknesses by doing his or her best to beat you. At this level of understanding, you have to admire Tiger Woods.
When you are teeing off, you want to be in the upper range to get the maximum distance. When you putt, you want to be in the lower range to get a better feel for the green. However, to play at your best you don't want your intensity to be too high or too low and fall outside of your range of optimum intensity levels.
His comment about having to settle down immediately told me he was anticipating being above his optimum intensity level. This is understandable because of his excitement of trying to qualify for the U.S. Open. However, his excitement could cost him a couple of strokes and qualifying before he even settles into his game.
The suggestion was that he spend some time every night before the qualifier visualizing being relaxed and already settled down when he steps up to the first tee. Since the mind does not differentiate between what is real and what is imagined, he can change his present anxiety into mental stability before he tees off.
If he is still overly excited at the first tee, I recommended that he step away from the tee and take a couple of deep breaths to calm him. Between the visualizing and breathing techniques, he should save himself a couple of strokes.
If you ever find your heart beating hard before an important shot, step away from the ball, take a couple of deep breaths and relax. When you step back up to the ball, you will be closer to your optimum intensity level and it will reflect in your score.
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