Do you have a good caddie or bad caddie?
This past Labor Day weekend, Justin Thomas won the Dell Technologies Championship for his fifth tournament of the year, which includes the British Open. When asked what had changed this year, Justin emphatically stated it was his caddie, Jimmy Johnson. Justin’s caddie keeps him focused on the present shot at hand, which keeps his emotions under control regardless of situation or score.
While most people do not play golf with a caddie, you really do not need one to perform at your best. Ultimately, you must be your own best caddie.
When the pressure hits, you must tell yourself to stay in the moment, be positive, forget the past, focus on the present and remain calm. This is called self-talk and all the great athletes and business executives have mastered their self-talk to be their own best caddie.
But when the pressure hits, does your bad caddie come out?
It is easy to get into a bad caddie habit. Here are 4 easy steps to fire your bad caddy:
Step 1: Get a rubber band and tie it around your wrist.
Step 2. When you make a negative self-comment, snap your rubber band. Not so much as it hurts, but enough to startle you.
Step 3: Replace your negative comment with a positive one.
Step 4: Repeat as often as necessary.
Remember, you hired your bad caddy by creating a bad habit. You can un-create this habit by snapping your bad caddy out of existence.
About the author:
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the world’s greates performance psychologist. He has worked with PGA star such as Brandt Snedeker and Brian Gay and is a regular on the PGA tour radio station on XM Sirius. He has also inspired companies such as Toyota, Hughes International, TRowe Price and Bank of America. You can see more about him at www.DrGreggSteinberg.com
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