Dr Bob Rotella's Rules for Mental Fitness

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Scott Rushing
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Dr Bob Rotella's Rules for Mental Fitness

#2 Don't be seduced by results.

How can Trevor Immelman get to the 18th green of the final round of the 2008 Masters and not know where he stands? It's called staying in the present, and it's a philosophy I teach all the players I work with. It means not allowing yourself to be seduced by a score or by winning until you run out of holes. Instead, you get lost in the process of executing each shot and accept the result.

Before Trevor teed off on Sunday with a two-shot lead, he decided he wouldn't look at leader boards. He had a plan: Pick a target, visualize the shot and let it rip. As Trevor walked up the 18th fairway, Brandt Snedeker put his arm around him and nudged him to walk ahead. Trevor told me it was the first time all day he allowed himself to think about the outcome. After marking his ball, he asked his caddie how they were doing. His caddie said he had a three-stroke lead over Tiger. Trevor said he went from being quiet and calm inside to thinking, How can I not five-putt this?

I've finally got my groups to realize I don't like to add up my score, so when we hit the turn, if they're about to tell me what I shot I stop them. I generally know but I try not to think about the specific number. I am trying to focus on executing shots, not outcomes.