There is no doubt that Rory's career so far has been fantastic by anyone's standards. 4 big and 33 professional wins (including 17 wins on the PGA Tour) is something that only a player can handle.
From the beginning of Rory's career it was clear that he was going to be one of the best players in the world. Later, you cannot get a more technically perfect golf swing. But after quickly achieving 4 majors by the age of 25, Rory experienced a slight slack in victory. For a player of such incredible talent, the pressure of such high expectations, was clearly affecting his performance.
But this year we've seen a different Rory McLoire. Although he was not able to add another major to the trophy cabinet, it was a highly successful season. So has Rory helped to turn things around?
"I'm taking almost as much time to practice my mind, because it's set rather than being on the threshold."
Last year, things began to change for Rory after a brief putt by Brad Faxon. Brad showed her how to work with more artistry and freedom and to relinquish control / technical ideas and focus on the outcome. This was the beginning of an improvement in his put performance (he moved from 24th strike gain putting to 24th in 2019 with the help of Brad and Phil Kenian) and an overall change in his mental outlook. Rory began to realize that his boundaries were more mental than physical.
Since then, Rory has been searching for ways to improve his mind and mental game – the goal that sets him free by withdrawing – the pressure he feels he would expect from him (and others) from his talent is.
I am sure you would have felt the same way – you know how well you can play and what result you should expect, and if it does not, it is very disappointing and negatively affecting your mood and your May affect performance. We have seen this many times with Rory.
But Rory has worked hard on canceling out the noise and blockages that come from being too result-oriented and it showed last Sunday when he lifted the FedEx Cup trophy for the second time (with Tiger as the only player with multiple titles got involved). Rory talks openly about whatever he does to improve his mental and mental game, and he simplifies it with his "Three P's".
Good points will come when you do not expect to receive them. Rory has a new vision and measure of success for his era, which creates more freedom in his play. He still wants to win every tournament he plays, but has a better self-compassion and a better way to gauge his performance. By building a mini (or "process" goal), it has something to focus on the present moment, rather than a measure to win or lose success. If he is able to achieve his small goals (I am sure many of these are mental goals), then he gives himself the best chance of a good outcome and is as simple as that. So no matter what the outcome in the end he could be happy with himself (in the past he was only happy if he had won).
He knows that in the past he (especially in large companies) "pushed very hard" to win, rather than being process focused, present and patient. When he does this, he lets it be a good game.
He also has a new perspective on how he deals with each tournament. Instead of pressuring himself to play well in "big" tournaments, he tries to treat every tournament. He said that this year before the Masters:
“Honestly, I try to treat every tournament. This is 72 holes, 18 holes a day. This is no different from any other golf tournament we have played. It is a long journey to try to improve my craft and learn and learn, it is not about how I play in a tournament. "
Try it yourself – find a new measure of success for your tours that does not include the end result, and prepare for each round with the same level of focus and focus.
"You have to persist. Stay tuned until it keeps rotating for you. – Rory McElroy
The great players of this game are usually very optimistic people – they hope that things will not go well. How well can you play regardless of your score or will you win or lose? Perseverance and "staying in the fight", until the last put goes to the 18th green, is a skill in itself and you have the opportunity to achieve it in each round you play. This is a "success factor" that will allow my students to measure the success of their round as part of their mental game scorecard.
Rory featured this year at The Open, where he struggled for every shot in the second round and scored 14 shots better than goal and narrowly missed the cut.
Perseverance is also about how you deal with failures – do they dent your confidence or do you see them as opportunities for growth?
Rory's new mental approach involves his counter-part Brooks being more composed and ruthless like Kopka. Rory said after his win at the Tour Championship last Sunday that he wanted to be "like Brooks" And he tried to emulate his intensity and focus for all 4 days, not just on Sundays.
This is a great accolade for Brooks Koepka, certainly one who has a cold, ruthless look about him even under the most pressure. It is not a coincidence that Rory's reading list includes books like The Obstacle the Way and "Ago is the Enemy", both inspired by the Greek School of Stoism which teaches that challenges must be faced with more restraint and less emotion. needed.
Rory says that he gets into the mindset of his winner with a round prep routine including meditation and visual practice for 20 minutes. I am guessing that he sees himself as a player he wants to see as a player who is playing with confidence and able to deal with anything thrown at him, That he did on Sunday.