Originally Posted by nick1998bunker
So you always hear about Tigers mental game and how good he is. But what exactly does that mean? What should be running through your mind during a round? How can I improve?
If I had to guess Id say I have a fairly good mental game but have no Idea! I keep myself very calm with ease and dont suffer much under pressure. Al ot like the Duf.
First, i think majority of the mental thing was because he was so good that the people around him crumbled more than him being that strong mentally. I think a lot of people feared him. Now your not seeing that. Its not Tiger isn't as intense or focused, its the field has caught up.
Taking this from Urban Meyer and my Ohio State Buckeyes. They wear bracelets saying
E + R = O, Event + Response = Outcome
Its that simple, you can't control the event, all you can control is your response. How you respond determines your outcome.
Lets take an example, lets say your playing a match a guy drains a long putt on you for birdie. I hate that, so annoying ;) Its a tight par 4 on the next hole. The guy jacks a ball into the trees. What my friend would call, PBFU, post birdie **** up.
So here's your event. Your down, the guy gained momentum, you see he messed up, you have a chance now. What's your response. This is where it gets tricky. You have to bring in many factors. Hows your game now, are you aggressive, do you pull the driver, do you just put the ball in play. Cause I know some people might think, "Oh here's my moment," and pulls the Driver. Maybe they had success hitting hybrid or iron off the tee on this hole before, but they go out of character. This could be a bad response to the event at hand.
You have to take in many factors and come up with a response. This is what made Tiger so good. Its the CLUTCH gene. He was able to see the event, and make a response that gave him an advantageous outcome.
To me its knowing all the variables with your game, knowing your self mentally, and then implementing your response.
Here's the thing, pressure is part of this. Its something you can control. Its a reason a lot of people go with strict routines in their golf game. It just depends on how you want to handle it. For me, its just becoming comfortable with my game. I really don't get anxious anymore. Like lets say I have a putt to win. Basically I just get into the zone of putting. I get absorbed into what I need to do to make this putt. Stress of what the outcome of my response is thrown out.