Category Archives: Golf Psychology

Golf: Justin Rose – Beyond Frustration

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I’ve never ached so much in my whole life. I picked up some sort of bug, had a bad night and was throwing up too – I’m delighted with one-under, to be honest with you. I didn’t have the energy to get frustrated out there, so that worked well in my favour.” The words of Justin Rose after his opening… Read more »

Golf: Padraig Harrington – The Pressures Of A Champion

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It should come as no surprise that Padraig Harrington would have a less than perfect first round at the Bridgestone Invitational. ‘I was a long long way from my last round at the Open, in terms of focus’, the Irishman tells us. Harrington’s biggest challenge will be how he reacts to any potential dip in form over the next three… Read more »

Golf: Sergio Garcia – A Mind Made Stronger

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In the follow up to the Open Championship, many pundits seem happy to conclude that Sergio Garcia is a serial choker. Loaded with talent. But lacking the killer instinct. The nerve. The mentality to tighten the screw in turning moments. How Sergio thinks about Carnoustie Sunday will have a significant bearing on his ability to prove the doubters wrong. The… Read more »

Golf Psychology: The Open – Breaking The Stop Situation

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What makes sport so compelling? Often we are absorbed by the effortless mastery of a Federer or Woods. Legends and leaders who elevate their sport to rarefied levels. But doesn’t the most memorable drama come when we witness vulnerability? When we are drawn into the struggle of individuals digging deep to draw on the gossamer thin thread of personal strengths… Read more »

Golf: Padraig Harrington – Future History

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When assessing why a Open Championship play-off has been won by one player and not the other, you have to take into account age and experience. You have to factor in the quality of their game. Then and most importantly of all, you have to throw into the mix their mental application. How they would be thinking about themselves. Their… Read more »

Golf: Sergio Garcia – I Believe

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It’s day two of the Open and Sergio Garcia has a two shot lead. Garcia backers are starting to think they may at last get some return from their yearly investments. But it may not be straightforward. Following his even par round Garcia said, ‘I just have to keep playing well and believing’. Belief is the boiler room of the sub-conscious…. Read more »

Golf: Padraig Harrington – The 1%

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It’s day two of the Open Championship and Padraig Harrington is in contention. There are many who think that this could be his year. A course he knows well and he’s bang in form. The omens are good. There is every chance that the Irishman will be there or there abouts on Sunday evening. But can he make the transition… Read more »