I think we can learn a thing or two....
Bryson DeChambeau’s U.S. Open victory was dominant, comprehensive and (however you feel about the man) impressive. Having transformed his body by adding extraordinary amounts of muscle, ‘The Mad Scientist’ has developed a completely unorthodox golf swing. In fact, during his winning round on Sunday, commentators compared his driver swing side-by-side with a top baseball player!
The big-driving American wasn’t alone in breaking the mould, though. Matthew Wolff, the eventual runner-up, moves his knees more like an Elvis Presley dance move than a PGA Tour winner’s golf swing. Both of these men, alongside world number one Dustin Johnson, go to show that there is definitely no one way to swing a golf club.
Golf swings aside, it was Matthew Wolff's interview after his round on Saturday that I think we can all learn something from. The interviewer asked Matthew how he was feeling when he stood over his final putt on the final Green to shoot 65 and lead the US Open with one round to go?
Matthew replied with:
"Whether the putt is for 65 or to lead the US Open it doesn't matter to me, I go about it using my routines that I do on every shot. The fact is, it is only one more shot and it wasn't 65 until the putt had been holed!"
I thought that Matthew's reply was brilliant. It shows the mind set of the young man. How many of you allow yourselves to think about "if I can Par the last hole I could get" or "if I hole this putt I would shoot?" Ultimately, you don't have a score until you have finished all of the holes of your round.
I would bet that by thinking in this way you will undoubtebly put extra and unecessary pressure upon your own game. Sound familiar? What if you could think about every shot as just 'one more shot' and not 'this shot is for par or birdie?
How many of you have had 23 points on the front nine only to shoot 10 points on the back 9? How many of you know your score as you go around the course? If you do, do you think that it helps or hinders your ability to score?
My tip would be, not to add up your medal/stableford score until you have finished your round. I've never really understood why people add their score up after 9 holes. In my opinion this is not a healthy thing to do and serves no purpose. If your playing partner asks you "what is this shot for?" try replying "it's for one more shot!"
If you are playing ths weekend why not try it?
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