What is the most emailed article on GolfDigest.com?
Updated: Sat 7/30/2011 11:07 pm
Take a few seconds to give this
some thought: What do you think is the most emailed article at
Asking you to name the exact article is unfair, too much to ask. Just
see if you can name the topic, issue, or person. Anything come to mind?
One might intuitively say the article has to focus on Tiger Woods.
The most emailed article at GolfDigest.com is
ďDr. Bob Rotella: Inside the Golferís Mind.Ē
Yes, the same Bob Rotella who helped 42-year-old Darren Clarke tame his
putting demons, which helped the Northern Irishman win the Claret Jug,
his first major championship.
Rotella is a longtime mental guru who has helped many a tour pro and
countless other golfers. He knows the golferís mind. It isnít pretty.
Itís pretty creepy, actually. This is your brain. This is your brain on
If Rotella can help you, or me, or Darren Clarke change a thought or
two, he can help change our minds about this bedeviling game. And that
can produce better results. (Hint: But donít think about the results too
much, or at all.)
From the popular article, following are Rotellaís ď10 things a player
must do in a competitive round.Ē Please note that he explains each of
the following points in detail in the
1. Play to play great. Donít play not to play poorly.
2. Love the challenge of the day, whatever it may be.
3. Get out of the results and get into the process.
4. Know that nothing will bother or upset you on the golf course.
5. Playing with a feeling that the outcome doesnít matter is always preferable to caring too much.
6. Believe fully in yourself so you can play freely.
7. See where you want the ball to go before every shot.
8. Be decisive, committed and clear.
9. Be your own best friend.
10. Love your wedge and your putter.
What do you think? Have you tried any of these mental approaches on the golf course or in tournament competition?
Iíve definitely been guilty of playing not to play poorly, a scared,
defensive brand of golf. Iíve done reasonably well at focusing on
process rather than results. But that can break down if I realize Iím
shooting a great score for me. Iím pretty good at being my own best
friend. No use beating myself up if things are going badly. My little
on-course pep talks are helpful.
What about you? Does any of Dr. Bobís advice seem particularly helpful? Does any of it strike you as hopelessly unrealistic?
By the way, the second most emailed article is also by the good doctor: ďDr. Bob Rotella: My 10 Rules on Mental Fitness.Ē
Further proof that weíre all a bunch of mental cases. But thatís OK.