Closers At The Majors

It’s on to the season’s last major at Oak Hill where we’ll be looking for Closers again, and especially those who use their post shot routines (news letter feature) to demonstrate Closer style resiliency. My guess is we won’t have far to look.

148As we’ve noted in previous news letters, Closers love the action when everything is on the line – when it’s most challenging like standing on the 11th tee at Augusta, while in contention.

Or on 16 at Muirfield when a perfectly executed pitch unexpectedly tumbles down the front of the green, as it did for Phil Mickelson en route to his historic “Open” victory..(great example of a well-executed post-shot routine)

143It’s old news now, but what a thrilling finish it was at Merion with Justin Rose winning that epic heavyweight fight with the venerable and testing, Merion.

Phil did his part to project drama that last round, falling just short once again, but then recovering to produce his own remarkable finish at Muirfield.

He is the consummate Closer, not always winning, but always seeking the action, laying his considerable skills on the line, never backing off from the challenge, and always with apparent joy.

149How about Stacey Lewis with birdies on 17 and 18 playing in the fierce Scottish wind, at the Old Course, to capture the LPGA’S final major and deny Inbee Park her grand-slam. To Inbee’s credit, and our post-shot routine observations, her demeanor never wavered. Both Closers.

The Post Shot Routine

While pre-shot routines are featured in almost all mental training programs (websites, books, golf channel, etc.), post shot routines are seldom mentioned. There is no doubt that preparing for each shot with a consistent routine is a precursor to high-level play. All the great players have well defined routines, and most likely you do too.

But let’s give equal importance to post shot routines, the process that facilitates refocusing. The players we love to watch on Sundays, and most likely the best players in your group, have developed a method for bouncing back from their missed shots.

How would you like to develop a post shot routine that will help you shake off the negative emotions that attend an errant shot, while allowing you to positively prepare for the next shot?

We’ve got a chance to observe this week at Oak Hill, and take note  how the best players in the world bounce back from their errors with fail-safe post shot routines. Stay tuned! We’ll get a chance to describe what we see next week.

A post-shot routine allows a player to quickly discover the cause of an errant shot and immediately replace the image and feel with the image and feel that you want.

This prevents you from falling into patterns of mis-hit shots and greatly reduces the number of wayward shots you’re likely to hit in a round.  It also gives you more control of yourself and your game.

Click here to read more and learn about the Review, Replace, and Refocus process. That’s the post shot routine explained for real-time play.

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