Observing At The Masters: A New Era Begins.
Note: For Scott McCarron on course coverage: CBSSports.com
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Tiger and Phil have thrilled us for over a decade at Augusta with stirring competition, exciting finishes and sensational shot-making. By blitzing the field in ’97,’ Tiger started his personal Master’s run of brilliant play. His chip in at 16 in 2005, and his flag-stick-ricochet last year are among the most memorable Master’s moments. And Phil entered the Hall of Major winners in 2004 and added his shots to remember. The 12 footer for his first win with the “leap” of joy, and the remarkable six iron from a straw lie in 2010 on #13, are unforgettable. It looks like Phil might be rounding into form, but we’ll miss Tiger. With his absence, CBS will have an opportunity to spread their coverage among the new talent. And there is plenty to choose from.
Stars To Watch
There is a cadre of Green Jacket candidates on their way to Augusta. Proven major winners like Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson , Adam Scott, and 40 something Angel Cabrera with a squadron of young-guns led by Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Speith, Dustin Johnson, Russel Henley and Patrick Reed (matching his play with his talk) ready to challenge.
No doubt we’ll be entertained. Augusta is Golf’s “Coliseum.” The Warriors will battle fiercely playing for their own “thumbs-up” sign from the gallery as they move into Amen Corner on Master’s Sunday.
Observing at The Masters
During past Masters, our observations focused on the behavior and shot-making of the world’s best players and how we could apply what we learned to our games. Themes were: “We all love the Closers;” the consistency of pre and post shot routines; the moments of definitive competition …Cabrera and Scott in that embrace.
Our 2014 Theme: Self-Coaching.
Developing a “repeatable swing” and finding matching equipment is an important starting point for performance in the Majors, or for your club championship, or for your once a week Nassau, but it’s merely the price of admission to a higher level of play. For the players at Augusta and you, too, Self-Coaching bridges the gap from technology and technique to performance, by adding structure, discipline and mental skills to their games.
So we’ll watch the veterans and the fearless new-breed closely as they execute their Self-Coaching skills.
What To Watch For
Drawn from a wide range of Winning The Battle Within concepts and techniques, which have roots in the best of sport psychology, here are some tried and tested Self-Coaching tools that work. Consistent reparation for each shot (pre-shot routines); bouncing back from tactical errors, mistakes and bad breaks; sticking to proven strategies; loving the competition; seizing the moments; engaging interviews; comfort in the spotlight; posture; the walk (El Paseo del Matador). Observe the players closely, and learn more about what you can add to your Self-Coaching repertoire!
Scott will be an on-course reporter for CBSSports.com following group two of the leaders each day. With a focus on inside-the-ropes information, we’ll post an interview with Scott with our report on the Masters.