Have you ever read a book on the mental game and thought “that’s not realistic”?
It’s very easy to say you shouldn’t get angry on the course…but much harder to do.
Even in his pomp, Tiger got mad – why else would he be one of the most fined players on tour? And Greg Norman reportedly pinched himself, hard, under his ribs after a bad shot.
It’s difficult to see this as anything other than anger.
And yet they both did pretty well by most standards; both are multiple major winners and both were number one in the world in their day. So their anger didn’t seem to have a significant effect on their play.
But it’s different for us…isn’t it?
We’re all too familiar with the anger-induced meltdown – we’ve seen it in our playing partners, we’ve experienced it ourselves. And it doesn’t have to be the classic “club-throwing tantrum” either. That’s the most florid type of breakdown, but far more common is the quiet anger turned inwards as we get progressivley more quiet as the round progresses save for the odd angry outburst after a particularly disappointing shot.
So why does it seem to be different for the professionals?
Why can they seem to get angry, and not let it affect their game? Is it because of their superior skills, be they physical or mental game?
Or is it because they know the difference between a reaction…and a response? Read More…