ICYMI – May 2011

As a monthly service to those who can’t visit the site every day, here are posts from last month that I think you wouldn’t have wanted to miss. It’s chronological from bottom to top.

The Unforgiven – There are times in the life of a professional golfer when your performance is disappointing, you just have to forgive yourself and move on. But you have to remain centered about the whole thing because some aren’t quite as forgiving.

Fragility – Skimming the slip-and-fall accidents on yesterday’s leaderboard at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship, I was struck by just how fragile the game of golf can be.

The Education of a PGA Tour Player – You watch the Tour broadcasts and it all looks so staid, routine and pat. But there’s huge, unseen undercurrent  to it all that’s part of cycling in new talent. And it offers another peek behind the curtain of the mastery process.

The Face of Golf – An article on Golf.com worries about the current domination in golf by the International players. But its concerns and prescriptions are so far afield from what’s really required to play great golf, I thought it was worth exploring.

Confidence and Scoring – After a potentially disheartening defeat in the playoff at The Players last week, David Toms blazed to the top of the leaderboard at Colonial with an 8-under 62. He shares his thoughts on how that happened and the subtle difference between average and greatness.

Body Magic II – A reader asked a how-to question about, “Fearing The Unknown,” my post about Graeme McDowell’s game coming unstuck in the final round of The Players. It caused me to expand on that post and revisit today’s namesake.

Fearing The Unknown – Graeme McDowell seemed to have The Players Championship well in hand yesterday. But then disaster struck on the 6th tee and he went on to shoot a closing round 79…from the No. 5 ranked player in the world. What happened?

Holding A Grudge – Ian Poulter did a very smart thing last night in racing to the 18th tee to hit his tee shot before the horn sounded to end play for the day. But he managed to anger a number of people watching at home who thought he was being rude. And it got out of control.

This Shouldn’t Be Happening! – It is so easy to let yourself become angry and upset over things that happen on the golf course, especially when they matter so much. But maybe that isn’t the best way to deal with them. Or in life either.

Courage and the Daisy Chain – Lucas Glover returned to form by winning in Charlotte yesterday at Quail Hollow. And in the process, he provided a nice example of displaying courage in the face of a daisy chain of swing thoughts and a wild tee shot on 18.

What Seve Felt – The world of golf lost a genius in Seve Ballesteros. Everybody spoke about his vision and his incredible shots, but nobody really talked about it how he did it and what it felt like.

Daisy Chain – Making swing changes can be a tricky proposition, a little like “Whack a Mole:” you make one change and it changes other things. Here’s some insight into how to approach the problem from a U.S. Open winner going through the process.

You Are Who You Say You Are – In affairs of the ego, it is really easy to become confused. Learning how to make our way through life with that monkey on our backs is one of our principle tasks in life.

Nervousness Versus Consciousness – Great golf is filled with fine lines and shades of gray. Given how far she’s come, LPGA Tour wunderkind, Lexi Thompson, will soon learn the difference between nervousness and consciousness.

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