Last year Howard came in second place. Not bad right?
Last year Howard came in second place. Not bad right?
Philip Alfred Mickelson, arguably one of the best golfers of all time, will turn 50 on June 16th, 2020. Mickelson has won 44 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles (2004, 2006, 2010), a PGA Championship (2005),, and an Open Championship (2013).
In this recent candid interview with Ed Mylett, Mickelson reveals his secret formula that YOU will need if you want to be able to pull away from the masses, sharpen your skills and your mental preparation and bring home a WIN. Whether you are trying to win in sports, in business, in your relationships, in your faith, in your fitness, or in any area of your life, the formula is the same! Learn how one of the most successful athletes trains his brain in PREPARATION to win and how to turn visualization into your victory.
Visualize Your Victory
The very first question Ed asked Phil what the difference is between the #50 player in the world and the #1 player in the world.
His answer: When it comes to the #1 player on tour and the #50 player on tour he said: “The ability to visualize and see shots before they happen. So a lot of people have the ability to execute the shot but if you can’t see the shot you’re trying to execute you’ll never be able to hit it. The players that see the clearest, that visualize the clearest, rise to the top. And those that are just slightly behind tend to not see things as clearly.”
Visualizing and mental preparation are every bit as effective to your success on the course as physical preparation. There was a study done 25 years ago involving free throw shots in basketball. The study broke the subjects into three groups. Group one only shot free throws. Group two was only able to visualize throwing the free throws. And the third group was able to do both, visualize and shoot. The result: the ones that visualized solely performed every bit as well as the group that was able to both visualize and shoot. And the group that had no visualization was quite a bit behind the other two groups.
So when you visualize, you want to visualize perfection. The end result. You visualize hitting the shot the way you WANT to. Not the way you DON’T want to.
Phil On Fear
“Playing golf with fear is a recipe for failure. You cannot visualize what you don’t want to have happen, you have to visualize what you do want to have happen.”
“I see a lot of players struggle with when things go bad and their inability to control their thoughts and refocus on what the want to have happen and the thought of what they don’t want to have happen continues to enter their mind over and over and they don’t have the ability to push that out and refocus on what they actually want to have happen.”
Controlling Your Thoughts
How do you control your thoughts? The ancient tradition of meditation. When you are meditating you are trying to control your thoughts, not eliminate them. You cannot eliminate your thoughts. But you can control what it is you are focusing on. When you are meditating, thoughts will enter in from all different areas and you have to be able to push out the thoughts you don’t want to have and refocus on the ones you do. That ability to control your thoughts will ultimately lead to success in whatever your line of work is.
“That ability to control your thoughts will ultimately lead to success I believe in whatever your line of work is because you have to see what you want to have happen. You’ve got to be able to control your thoughts”.__Phil Mickelson
Living In The Now
Having a bad shot is part of golf. By its very nature, it’s a game of imperfections. But when you do you need to put it behind you and refocus on what it is you want to have happen, not on what just happened.
“Every golf swing I make I’m trying to create a certain feeling and create a certain shot. I’m not trying to fix the previous swing.”
“I see a lot of people try to fix what went wrong before and they are working out of the negative rather than creating the shot they want that’s right in front of them.” “I have a belief that even if I have a few bad shots my next one is going to be great and I see coming off exactly the way I want to. I feel it before I hit it and then I try to create that.” _Phil Mickelson
How does a guy who is about to turn 50, who’s already cemented his place in history to be so driven and hungry at this stage in his life? “What drives me is my passion and love for the game of golf and the challenge to try to do something that others can’t.”
“Winning major championships as I get older in life or winning PGA tour events as I get further along in my life, that becomes a greater challenge than it was before. It’s a greater work ethic, I appreciate it more, it forces me to get in the gym.”
Phil On Fitness
If you look at pictures of Phil at the 2006 US Open he was the heaviest he’s ever been.
Phil today. He eats better, takes care of himself better, he understands and appreciates the elements of nutrition and overall fitness to help him perform better far more now than when he was younger. Phils attributes much of his fitness success to his TPI guided workouts that focus on improving his flexibility and strengthening his core.
According to his trainer, Phil performs golf-specific strength/endurance exercises that work multiple muscles at the same time using medicine balls, physio balls, and resistance bands. Not weight training exercises that isolate muscles.
Phil is now stronger than he’s been in a long time and his swing speed faster than it’s ever been and he’s hitting it longer than he ever has. His improved fitness and swing speed gives him the ability to go out and compete with the young players of today. Phil still thinks he can win major championships in his 50’s and I’m sure he can.
“I give a lot of credit to (TPI Certified Trainer) Sean Cochran and him staying up on new techniques working with Dave Philips, Greg Rose and the guys at TPI and having our workouts being designed to elongate my career…”
His Secret To Success
When asked what makes him special, what allows him to have elevated himself to the level of athlete he is his answer:
“I will do whatever it takes to succeed”. “A lot of people have talent, but not everybody is willing to do whatever it takes”.
We all deal with setbacks and failures, both in golf and in life. But its how you react to them that will determine your ultimate success in life. Phil came in second place in the U.S. Open six times! You can see that a failure or as a success. If you see that as only a failure, you will probably never rise about that point. If you see it as a success, your chances of changing things the next time are much greater. “We can’t let our failures hold us back. It hurts, it stings, but we have to put it behind us and learn from those mistakes and not that hold us back because we have to refocus on what we want to accomplish.”
You need to think about your next performance as your next opportunity.
Phils Final Words Of Wisdom
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Visualization is powerful on its own. But when you combine it with physical practice is a great way to get yourself ready because you only see yourself doing it the proper way, hitting the shot perfectly.
When you are visualizing, don’t just see the shot you want to make, you also need to feel what it will feel like when you make it. Mickelson describing his 2004 win at August National with an 18-foot putt on the 12th hole, “I stood behind that putt and saw it go in over and over and then I let that feeling of what the stroke was going to be-enter my body. And as I walked up to the ball I tried to maintain that feeling, that sense of what it feels like to create that stroke and that role. I’m letting the feeling of what it feels like to create that shot through all the many hours of practice. And I try to hold that feeling so that I can over the ball and just recreate it and just let it happen.”
Your mind gravitates with what it’s most familiar with. So if your mind is most familiar with the perfect shot you gravitate in that direction. If you are obsessed with the fear of failure of something then that is likely the result you will get.
WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A PRE-SHOT ROUTINE.
Control the controllables. How often have you heard this in golf?
The only thing that you can truly control is yourself – your thoughts, your feelings, and therefore your behavior. Everything else is outside of your control – winning, results, how we play, who we’re playing with, the weather, etc. A good pre-shot routine will help you take full control of your thoughts, feelings, and behavior and will therefore also influence how you react to the uncontrollables like competition pressure, other players, etc. Simply having a good pre-shot routine can shave some shots of your rounds and help you stay consistent.
To explain how and why pre-shot routines work, I like to compare golf to baking a cake. Baking a cake with 5 ingredients will allow for more consistency over time than baking a cake with 20 ingredients. Now think of those ingredients in baking as variables in golf – the weather conditions, how you slept the night before, who you’re playing with, work stress, troubles at home with your family or partner, etc.
The pre-shot routine will mitigate many of these variables so that the chances of hitting a good shot will be significantly higher.
Think of the last time you played really well and everything felt easy – this is a state of flow or being in that golf zone – this is what we are trying to recreate with each shot and a pre-shot routine can help you get into this zone much easier.
You might be thinking – ‘I have a pre-shot routine but I don’t feel those benefits.’ The answer here is simple – you don’t have the right pre-shot routine. Simply doing a practice swing or choosing a specific target is not a full pre-shot routine – visualization, relaxation techniques, starting point and an ending point – these are all things that should be incorporated into your pre-shot routine.
So now let’s say you have a good pre-shot routine but it still isn’t helping you. This could be due to not being meticulous with it. The only way you will feel the benefit is if you do it before each and every shot, no matter how hard or easy it is, as well as practicing it on the driving range. Instead of hitting ball after ball, take your time, pick your shot and make sure to include your full pre-shot routine into each shot. Drill this in the same way that you would when working on your swing.
Every professional golfer has a pre-shot routine and so should you.
Summary: Brett’s Bottom Line:
In the modern approach to player development, there are six categories. Most amateurs are only making use of three of them. These categories are:
The TPI Team approach teaches us that to become the best golfer you can be you need to have support for all six of these categories. My role as a golf performance specialist is to help golfers overcome the physical restrictions that prevent them from playing their best golf. While Sanne’s role is to make sure your own stinkin’ thinkin’ doesn’t get in the way of you playing your best golf. It is her mission to help golfers just like you improve their golf game and become better athletes.
Golf is Back
In the past several weeks, many of the largest and most popular golf resorts in the country have either reopened or will by early June.
And after being under quarantine due to COVID-19 for the past 2 months your body may not be so ready to just rip it down the fairway.
Beat Your Buddies
If you want to beat your buddies then you have to do things they aren’t doing. And I can tell you from years of experience, most amateur golfers DO NOT WARM-UP before they play!
Why We Should Warm-up?
Go to any professional athletic event and you will see those athletes warming up. A proper warm-up is something every great athlete does. Not just by practicing the skill of the sport but by getting their body and nervous system as prepared as possible before the game or contest begins.
I think most amateur golfers understand that they should do some kind of warm-up before beginning to play, but they simply don’t know where to being, so they skip it altogether. This is a HUGE mistake!
Studies have shown that warming up and stretching improves physical performance and helps to prevent injuries. An effective warm-up increases your body temperature, removes movement restrictions, and uses movements that closely resemble the main activity to activate the nervous system.
When it comes to playing golf, the last thing you want to do is use hitting golf balls as a way of warming up.
This is the skills part of the warmup and that comes last!
That’s’ why I put together this joint-by-joint warmup that will have your body ready to conquer the course and beat your buddies.
The pdf version of this warmup is available on the homepage of this site. For some reason, the link to the YouTube version no longer works so I am putting it in for you for easy access.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Before you hit a ball you have to make sure your joints and the nervous system are firing on all cylinders. The pre-play warm-up routine is extremely important. Don’t skip it!
If you have ANY questions, please go ahead and respond back to this blog, and I will personally respond and make sure every question is answered!
Have a safe and happy 2020 season!
Brett The Golf Guy
If you are reading this blog you are likely a golfer. And you want to play golf better.
You know you need to improve your fitness and the way you move in order to do that.
In the past, we would meet in the gym to do that. This is where fitness is done, right? It was until COVID-19. Now the gyms are closed and we don’t know when or if they will open again. So do you give up on your dream of playing golf better?
The Good News
Golf courses in NY have been opening up (with restrictions of course) but you can play golf again. Yeah! Something to live for!
It’s crazy out there!
We are in a new world, living a “quarantined life”. Chances are you’ve been feeling the effects of isolation, both emotionally and physically and it’s tough to find the motivation to get back into the swing of things.
After months of social distancing, no strength training sessions in the gym, and more social media than you’d like to consume in a lifetime, you may be feeling a little off track. Who wouldn’t be!
It’s been two months now since the COVID-19 lockdown. Chances are you’ve been feeling the effects of isolation. I know I have…
You’re stuck at home. You don’t have access to the gym or gym equipment. You don’t know what to do. You have fallen off track. Your commitment to fitness has regressed.
You eat more, move less.
I have a question for you?
Are you as active as you used to be or as you’d like to be now that you are stuck at home? Have you gotten stuck in the pattern of waiting for things to “get back to normal” to get back to your exercise routine again? Perhaps you’re slightly skeptical about whether or not you can get a great workout if you’re not in the gym.
Maybe some of your regular exercise routines aren’t so habitual anymore. Your gym workouts have been replaced by walks through the neighborhood and a walk to the refrigerator.
Pre-pandemic, it was part of your routine to hit the gym en route to or from the office. Now that you work from home, the pull of work and family can easily derail you from your workout habits. One of the best things to keep motivated is to stay in a routine. You take that away, you throw it for a loop, and it’s really hard to motivate on your own.
It’s easy to get off track when you are stuck in isolation and have other things going on in your life. I get it! I’m stuck in isolation too.
If your motivation to exercise during the pandemic is as elusive as a six-pack of toilet paper was in April, that’s not surprising — and you’re not alone. It’s totally fine and totally normal to have your motivation wane, but what are you going to do about it?
Reasons to stay active
While the pandemic may have drained some of your desire to work out, it’s also the reason you shouldn’t ditch your routine. Nothing is more important right now than your health. We need to take responsibility for our own physical and emotional well-being, and exercise is one of the best ways to do that.
You are either getting stronger or you’re getting weaker. We never stay the same!
Exercise is an excellent tool for stress management. Done at the right intensity and the right frequency, it keeps your immune system functioning optimally. Yes, we know most people are still social distancing themselves and it’s way easier to just hit play on the next episode on Netflix than to actually stay committed, but it’s this type of technology that can make things a little easier to stay on top of your physical and mental health during such chaotic times. The good news is there’s plenty of ways to get moving at home and keep training! There’s a good chance you’ll find other tools that fit your specific fitness needs, so there’s never been a better time to try new things like fitness trackers and find new ways to stay motivated while training with me!
Staying focused on what’s important. Your health and wellbeing. Both physical and mental.
Let go of the past
I hate to say it, but I’m not going to candy-coat things here. We are living in a very uncertain time in terms of when brick and mortar facilities can open safely, if they will even be able to reopen and if they do will they be able to stay open and what will the rules and regulations be regarding capacity. And if they did, and if they could would you feel comfortable going back to them? Unless and until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, gyms will become museums of fitness.
Don’t try to hang on to what was a few months ago. It is in the past and it’s not coming back. At least not anytime soon.
The Solution-Looking Forward
Yes, the gym is closed and you fell off track, but that doesn’t mean throwing in the towel indefinitely! It’s been 2 months. Time to get into a training routine. I will provide you with all you need to know about online training and help you determine if it’s right for you.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what online training is and how it works. Let’s dive deep into everything you need to know about online training.
Online training is really the same as gym training but at a distance.
Other Benefits of Online Training:
Brett’s Bottom Line: I don’t pretend to know how to navigate all the uncertainty that has come with this pandemic, I do know that I am still here and will continue to support you (in any way that I can). I don’t know exactly what the future will look like but I do know it will never look like the past. Let go of the past and accept things as they are, not as you wish them to be. Then we can have a really accurate conversation about how to move forward.
You can still get coached through during this time with challenging and effective workouts that leave you feeling confident and proud. And you can continue to get stronger every week.
To set up your FREE trial workout send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call (917) 596-8485. I look forward to helping you. Brett