Category Archives: The Zone

Luke Donald: The Mental Coach Who Got Him to No. 1

I came across this fine article by Connell Barrett writing at Golf.com. “Mental guru Jim Fannin trains three Average Joes to think like champs, ” is about how the mental coach who took Luke Donald from 130th in the world … Continue reading

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The Ryder Cup: The Glassy-Eyed Stare

The United States Ryder Cup team managed to finish Saturday at Medinah Country Club in Chicago, by extending their lead from two to four over the European team. They came into the day at 5 – 3 and ended it … Continue reading

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Rory McIlroy: On This “Zone” Thing

The central theme of this blog is mastery; mastery as it relates to golf specifically and life generally (because how you do anything is how you do everything). The central tenant of golf mastery is to approach the game with … Continue reading

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The Quality of the Present Moment

Deepak Chopra got Retweeted by someone I follow on Twitter: The quality of the present moment is all that matters so make it joyous. Yeah, sure, Deepak. But then I got to thinking about it and I remembered all those … Continue reading

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How To Shoot A 62

It’s not what you think, some treatise on the swing mechanics necessary to bring a golf course to its knees. No. Instead its an oft-repeated treatise on the mental state necessary to bring your ego to its knees, although it … Continue reading

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Living A Life In Love

One of the things the ego is chronically engaged in is evaluation. In golf, it could be, “Am I better than him?” or, “That guy’s a serious threat to me.” In these two instances, on the one hand, we lead a life seeking … Continue reading

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You Don’t Get Into The Zone By Trying

ESPN did a great feature in their Saturday morning pre-game show on Jason Babin, the Philadelphia Eagles’ fierce defensive end. As only ESPN and NFL Films can do, they put together a collage of his record-threatening quarterback sacks from this … Continue reading

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Freewheeling At Targets

There were several brief camera shots on Wednesday of the players getting in their last-minute grinding on the range at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. There was a particular camera shot from somewhere out in … Continue reading

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How To Win The U.S. Open

The way to win a U.S. Open is by first losing it. Because after you lose a couple of them, especially if you get close, the lessons become seared in your mind. You can think of this post as a companion … Continue reading

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Thinking

There’s a nice little story at the top of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin (Columbus), Ohio. Chris Riley has returned from the dead and leads the tournament at 6-under par. He’s tied with … Continue reading

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