Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – AH! The 2011 Masters: Its Roars, Sounds of Silence & Priceless Lessons

It is fitting that Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus hit the opening ceremonial tee shots at the 2011 Masters given how it played out. Both have repeatedly experienced the roars, msounds of silence lessons the Masters doles out among the crowd and within themselves. Such roars and silence take us to the core of the mental game-the pressure, the nerves, the anxiety, fear of failure, self-doubt-and offers golf tips for getting better at dealing with these ‘demons’. In this how, PGA apprentice, Brett Lehr, and I zone in on the play and personality types of Rory McIlroy, champion Charl Schwartzel, Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Adam Scott, Jason Day and others to reveal some of these priceless tips. As individuals and collectively they presented us with the richest of lessons that we can use to improve our game and more deeply appreciate golf itself.