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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Rudyard Kipling Mindset

I read an interesting sports psychology article over at the Golf Digest site called Confidence Kills: What If Everything You've Been Told To Think Is Wrong? For many of you, it'll be a very different approach to how you think about your game.

illustration for Confidence Kills

Sam Weinman's article combines insights from a number of "sports shrinks" and instructors on what they see as the most effective ways to deal with the inadequacies of your golf game. It includes some unexpected quotes, such as this one from Dr. Fran Pirozzolo:
"Confidence is a garbage term in that it induces illusions of competence."
Not what you'd normally expect, right? There are quotes from Jack Nicklaus and Martin Hall and Dr. Bob Rotella, to name a few... and many of them might force you to re-examine your own mental approach.

You might wonder why I have called this post "The Rudyard Kipling Mindset"? Because this article sounds a bit like some of the things I've written before. One of my favorite quotes comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem If, which you can find at this link. Kipling was writing about the apparent contradictions one must overcome in order to succeed at life, and these couple of lines always stand out to me:
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same...
That's a decent summary of the Golf Digest article. You must learn not to become too comfortable nor too panicky with your game if you want to get better.

Wow. Who knew Kipling was a sports psychologist?

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