In Case You Missed It – December 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.

You Don’t Get Into The Zone By Trying” – What can an NFL defensive end have to say that golfers would find highly useful? Jason Babin talks about what it’s like when you’re in the zone and as interesting, that you don’t even know you’re there.

Being Conscious Is More Than Just Being Awake” – I finally got around to watching our recording of the first episode of the reality show, The Amazing Race. And I was struck by the universality of the lessons in mastery and what we as golfers need to do to take advantage of them.

Avoiding A Train Wreck” – The Golf Channel has announced the pairing of Johnny Miller and Sir Nick Faldo as co-color commentators for the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. And all of the comments so far seem pointed towards creating another television train wreck for us voyeurs. But wouldn’t it be great if they surprised us by aspiring to something higher?

The Closed Shop Open” – The PGA Tour is contemplating significant changes to its annual Q-School. Some guys are really going to make out, but the guys who aren’t are the lifeblood and spark of the Tour’s future.

She Already Knows…” – 16-year-old Lexi Thompson managed to win her second professional tournament. The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is the season ending event on the Ladies European Tour and Thompson beat some real notables. Did I say she was 16?

The Rules Of Golf Are Powerful Things” – A decades-old cheating episode ultimately succumbs to the rules of the game with an act of sorrowful contrition just in time.

What I Noticed About Q-School” – The “Fall Classic” ended yesterday with all the drama normally associated with Q-School. But I found myself more interested in things going on at the margins.

Mike Whan May Be A Genius” – Last year, the new commissioner of the LPGA Tour managed to get most of the Tour’s players to come to Phoenix to play in a newly conceived tournament…for free. This year the Founders Cup is coming back and all of Whan’s foundational legwork made it possible. And the ladies are getting paid this time.

It’s Finally Over…Mostly” – Tiger finally got his redeeming victory at his Chevron World Challenge. All his hard work finally paid off. But that wasn’t enough for some critics, so Tiger will have to work just as hard ignoring them.

Being A Stand For Yourself.” – Tiger had another great day of ball-striking at his Chevron World Challenge…and made five bogeys, the windy conditions were so tough. But still he persists in assuring us that he is on the right path.

Tiger On The Swing And The Stroke” – Tiger had a great day Friday at his Chevron World Challenge. Which brought out his best thoughts on how he’s hitting it and how he’s stroking his putts. Scary good and very interesting.

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