Without doubt, it would have been THE greatest of all sporting achievements if Tom Watson had made a par four up the last at Turnberry to win his 6th British Open. Imagine what the headlines would have been:
“59 year old man wins British Open after hip replacement!”
Who would have ever thought that this could possibly ever be a reality?
The way that Watson carried himself both during and after the tournament was a joy to behold. A throwback to a bygone age. No hype, no fuss, no fancy trousers – just a supremely talented man who still believed that it was possible to win against incredible odds. He truly is a credit to the game of golf. His week at The Open will inspire millions. It certainly inspired me.
How fortunate we are to play a game that we can KEEP playing to such a good standard well into what used to be thought of as retirement age. Watson has always been an example of someone who has known what is right for him. He goes about his business trusting in his method of swinging and his method of thinking.
In the work I do, it becomes clearer and clearer each day that it is up to each individual to find what is best for him or her. You cannot just blindly follow the advice of the moment or latest trend.
It is about discovering what makes you tick.
On any given day whilst you are playing golf you will have good events, neutral events and bad events, nothing we can do will change that unalterable FACT.
In any round of golf, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Phil Mickleson will hit some good ones, some bad ones and some OK ones. So, in your game you will have things that work out, things that are just OK and then things that definitely are not OK.
Becoming aware of how you react to these Good, Bad and Neutral events on the course is a good first step to understanding how you tick.
How do you react to the neutral, good, bad, (and even ugly!) events on the golf course?
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Ps – I cover this in detail in the ‘How to Think Like a Pro’ course of my Players Programme Deluxe if you could use some help to deal with the good, the bad and the ugly of golf.