Being ‘the best golfer they can be’ is something that most amateurs strive for; they may deny it to protect their ego, however playing their best all the time is always the goal. Being the best is admirable, but being dominant is something different. We have all encountered that athlete that seems to effortlessly excel at their sport and golf is no different. These players seem to have that something special that most of us are missing, yet continue to strive to attain.
Unlike Tiger Woods, whose dominance was unmatched for 10+ years, many amateurs have sparks of greatness for a short period of time. You know, the times when everything is in sync and you can do nothing wrong. During those periods, you dominate all aspects of your game and those you are playing with.
I remember back in 2009 when I won a 54 hole golf tournament by 14 strokes. It was by far the most dominant I ever was during a tournament. Shooting 75, 72, 78 over 3 days on the par 71 course lead me to victory. To put it into perspective, I played the same course in a 3 day tournament this year and with that score I would have also won the tournament.
During my run of low scores, everything worked. I only made two mistakes over the 3 days and their was nothing the course could throw at me that I could not easily handle. I was dominant and it did have a negative affect on the other players. No matter how many good shots they made, I responded in kind. I was dominant!
I often think back to those rounds and a benchmark for being dominant during my current rounds. I can say that I have played that well over many rounds from time to time, however I am not completely dominant they way I expect…..most of the time. I am not sure how to duplicate my mastery of my game more often, but it something I continue to work on. I do know that the mechanics of my swing has something to do with it, but to be truly dominant, I think I need to focus on my mental game.
By watching players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who have proven they can dominate professional golf over the long run, it is their mental strength that catches my attention. They show complete confidence in every shot and as a result, crush their opponents. Additionally, they are relentless! The want to dominate, know they can dominate, and as a result, dominate! It is amazing to watch and is a key trait to learn if I want to dominate with my game on the golf course.
I realize my ramblings are a bit scattered today, but I think I am on to something. I will continue to investigate how I can dominate with my golf game and hopefully, over the off-season, I can figure out a way ahead.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.