Swing Thoughts is created to help
players seeking greater levels of success and
satisfaction (S˛) in their games by offering
fresh and entertaining perspectives into the
mental side of golf.
Do you remember the great British band, The
Who, and the title of one of their best-selling
albums, Who Are You? Lead singer, Roger
Daltry, has something to teach you about
playing your best golf.
Finding your competitive personality is
fundamental to being able to tee off and play a
round that showcases your abilities. Simply
put, a competitive personality is how you like
to “be” when you are trying your best to play
your best. All players, from Junior Linkster
to Masters Champion, have a competitive
I always embark upon a search of competitive
personality with my players. Often, a player
comes to me in search of a better attitude, or
more consistent confidence, or wishes to be
able to recover mentally and emotionally from
poor shots, holes, or rounds. Often, too, they
are surprised when I seemingly ignore their
targeted requests only to help them, first,
find their competitive personality.
Ironically, inside their authentic competitive
personality is often many of the other answers
Many players, regardless of gender or level
of play, fake a personality while competing.
For instance, they aren’t comfortable appearing
intense and self-centered while playing and
instead play the role of jovial buddy to their
playing partners. This personality keeps them
unfocused throughout the round and they
consistently find themselves shooting scores
that aren’t indicative of their ability. Or,
some players feel the need to “put on their
game face” and scowl like a tiger for 5 hours
when what they really want is to be relaxed and
upbeat. This, too, exemplifies how a player
that fakes it usually doesn’t make it.
It’s a lot like going by yourself to buy a
pair of shoes. When you go the store to buy a
pair of clompers, you just know when you try
them on and walk around if you like them. You
don’t need to give reasons or offer excuses for
liking the shoes you like. You just like ‘em.
However, if you go shopping with a companion,
you almost automatically find yourself
second-guessing your own choice wondering what
he thinks. You need to care less what others
think about your shoes, and competitive
personality, and be your authentic self.
If this means being laughable and happy –
then be it. If it means being quiet and
serious – then be it. If it means being
friendly and social – then bit. Whatever your
competitive personality is, you need to be it.
For yourself and for your score.
TipBe yourself when you compete.
In Another's Word
..."If you do what you've always
done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
-- Anthony Robbins, Motivational
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