Rory McIlroy won his first major in great style yesterday, by winning the US Open with a record breaking 16 under par.
He’s only 22. But i think what’s more impressive is the fact that he demolished the best field in the world (the closest to him was 8 shots away) only a short while after ‘throwing’ away the US Masters recently.
Here’s a significant sound bite from a TIME article today:
“Bad Masters memories could have popped into McIlroy’s head on Sunday, wreaking havoc on his game, and endangering his enormous lead. More than any other sport, golf is a mental minefield. Those yips are as common as chips.”
I’d love to have a chance to interview him. I’m pretty sure that if we go into his mind, we’d find a few of these things:
1. He made himself remember the great things he’d done & his strengths. (this relieves stress and builds confidence)
2. Because he go so close to winning before he had faith that if he ‘just played’ he’d get there
3. This time round, he only focused on what he wanted to happen and also remembered the great memories of his game to date.
All of the above impact hugely in your state of mind, and that is the key to composure, consistency and high performance.
Either way, a great exhibition of how you CAN bounce back from big set-backs – and the trick is in the mental game.
Have a great week,
ps to read the full TIME article go here: