ICYMI – July 2011

Another month has come and gone. 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.

Tiger Ventures Out – Tiger claimed he was ready to go at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. Which brought to mind a whole slew of things he needed to do to be mentally ready as well.

In His Own Words – In a previous post, I explored Mike Weir’s return to the Stack and Tilt swing method and suggested that his nomadic reactions are less about the method than they are his search for consciousness. In this one, we get to read his description of what he’s going through in his own words…and it makes for very interesting reading.

Wandering In The Desert – What’s going on when a really good player suddenly “goes off the boil?” Mike Weir’s return to the Stack and Tilt swing method gives us an opportunity to look for some answers.

I Fear For Darren – Darren Clarke was leading the British Open by one stroke going into Sunday’s final round. But early in Saturday’s round, I saw a couple of looks in his face that gave me cause for concern. 

Rising To The Occasion – Hee Kyung Seo wasn’t able to hold off So Yeon Ryu in Monday’s playoff at the U.S. Women’s Open. But the two of them truly rose to the occasion in demonstrating that competitive golf at the highest level can still be polite, friendly and completely genteel. And that the Asians are working very hard to integrate themselves into the American culture.

Personal Attacks – In the heat of battle on a golf course, one of the things that rummages around in our minds is the fear of embarrassment. I’ve written about this before, what this really is and how deal with it. And now, through his misadventures in Paris, Bubba Watson adds a new level to how to deal with it.

Affirmation – Affirmations and acknowledgements are nice to hear as long as you can get to the point where you don’t need them. Golf works better when you are centered enough to play for yourself rather than others.

Nobody’s Afraid Anymore – There once was a time when the players’ own fear factor played as large a part in defending venerable golf courses as the courses themselves. But after what they did to Congressional in the U.S. Open and were doing later on at Aronimink, those days are over.

Consciousness Rising – A resuscitating performance by Jhonattan Vegas causes me to revisit a post I wrote about him just three days before. I had used him as an example of just how elusive the game can be sometimes.

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