Zen Golf Quote of the Week
PGA Tour Fall Series
The PGA Tour heads into the home stretch, the Fall Series tournaments that start after the Tour Championship. Those who are on the bubble to keep their card have a chance to play against generally weaker fields and catapult themselves up the standings. We've seen new names, and perhaps the next crop of young guns coming up to challenge Tiger.
The first stop was in Verona, NY, where conditions were so bad that "Preferred lies" were extended from the usual "in the fairways" to "through the green." Combined with nicely rolling greens, the players took advantage of the situation and did some serious scoring. The playoff between Matt Kuchar and Vaughn Taylor ended on the sixth playoff hole when Taylor dunked his tee shot. Tim Petrovic, who has worked with Doc for several years, continued his year of going low in the last round, with a 67 that left him one shot out of the playoff, tied for 3rd. (See Tim's final round scoring success in the TOUR STATS
section later in this newsletter).
Second stop was Vegas, Justin Timberlake's tourney, and this time the playoff was a threesome - Chad Campbell, Gearge McNeill and eventual winner, Scotsman Martin Laird. Again, Petrovic went low in round 4, carding a 63, nabbing him his 6th top-ten finish for the year.
In Scottsdale, we were introduced to two of the next generation, Rickie Fowler, an OSU alum, and Jamie Lovemark from USC. Both have had superior All-American amateur careers, and with a total of 4 PGA tournaments under their belts as professionals, they showed that the big stage wasn't a big worry for them. As Troy Matteson was backing into a playoff, with bogeys on his 71st and 72nd holes, Fowler was holding his round together, and Lovemark was birdieing 5 of his last eight to reach 18 under par. The playoff was short and sweet for Matteson, but the t-2 finish got Fowler a conditional card for 2010, and if necessary, a pass into the final stage of Q-school.
With the cancellation of the 4th tournament due to excessive rains and flooding at the Viking Classic in Madison, Mississippi, the year ending Children's Miracle Network Classic at Lake Buena Vista should prove to be an appropriate lead-in to the Tour's grueling 6-round Qualifying Tournament Finals three weeks later, in West Palm Beach.
The Email Bag
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Tour Stats to Know
By finishing with 67, 63, and 65 in the first three Fall Series tournaments, Tim Petrovic's 69.06 average moved into sole possession of 2nd place on the Final Round Scoring Average page of the PGA Tour statistic center. Dr. Joe was coaching him at Grayhawk in Scottsdale.
Only a fellow named Tiger Woods, with an average score of 68.40 is playing better on Sundays in 2009.
Petro's consistent level of stellar play on Sundays is something that's been achieved by Tiger (x7), Davis Love III(x2), and only 5 other PGA Tour players in the last decade. Congrats Tim!
Golf Digest Article
Golf Digest offered an excerpt of Dr. Joe's newest book, GOLF: The Art of the Mental Game in the August 2009 issue. The excerpt is available online at Golf Digest
For your friends who already have ZEN GOLF, the new book is a great gift. Besides featuring 100 beautiful classic drawings by Anthony Ravielli, there are 100 of Dr. Joe's tips, including many "Best Of" highlights from ZEN GOLF and ZEN PUTTING, accompanied by even more brilliant new mental game tips. Autographed copies are available
at through the Zen Golf website.
Watching the best golfers in the world coming down the stretch at the final World Golf Championship of the year was intriguing, to say the least. With 69 holes in the books, the final group approached the green on the driveable par-4, 16th hole on Sunday. Both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods hit their tee shots left of the green, leaving tough up and downs. One shot behind Ernie Els at the time, Mickelson took dead aim at the hole nestled just over a pot bunker, and with his usual beautiful, aggressive swing with his trusty lob wedge, completely whiffed. After taking a short break to regroup, with his caddy cleaning off the wedge while discussing the next plan of action with him, Phil hit a low bump-and-run into the hill, scooting the ball safely around the bunker, and barely onto the putting surface. Mickelson then watched Tiger dunk his ball into the same pot bunker he had avoided, then watched him ricochet his bunker shot off the flagstick. Mickelson then calmly rolled his 18-footer into the bottom of the cup for the par save, while Ernie was concurrently bogeying the par-5 18th hole, bringing Mickelson into a tie for the lead. Phil birdied the par-3 17th and after securing his 5 on the home hole was in possession of his 4th championship trophy for 2009.
The episode illustrated in technicolor several of the main tenets of the ZEN GOLF approach:
1. Out/On/Close - when you're in trouble, your priorities are simple, get the ball Out of trouble; if you can get it On the green, then do so; finally, if you have a real chance to get it Close, then and only then do you aim at the flag. Phil knew he was in trouble when the ball nestled down in the thick stuff after the whiff, and decided Out and On were as much as he could realistically go for, (and this is the number 2 player in the world, who is often recognized as having the number 1 short game). By not biting off more than he could chew, he gave himself the best chance of saving his par.
2. Golf's not a race - you can't control what other players are doing out on the course, and it's not over until it's over. By focusing on the shot at hand, not the birdie he wasn't going to be making, Phil kept himself in the game. Just as Els was self-destructing a beautiful round of golf 2 holes ahead, Phil kept his composure and by his own admission holed one of the best putts he'd made in a long time.
3. Don't take yourself too seriously - after whiffing on one of his signature shots, you could see Phil almost chuckling under his breath. He still had a wry smile on his face as he stepped up to hit his third shot! Crazy things happen on the golf course, and if you let every mistake you make get you down, you're going to have some long, unpleasant days out there. If you can enjoy yourself even when you're hitting bad shots, (or not even hitting the ball at all), imagine what a good time you'll be having when you're hitting on all cylinders!
Zen Golf Teleforum
Our Zen Golf Teleforum has been very lively lately, with Dr. Parent answering Members' questions about routine, distracting playing partners, ways of dealing with nerves during tournaments and practice round strategies, just to name a few topics. We encourage those of you who are interested but haven't taken the plunge to visit the website and sign up for our introductory trial membership. In addition to participating in the next three telefora, and access to the complete archive of all previous ones, you can view and listen to our other multimedia resources on the website, and are entitled to discounts on products. By expanding to the full annual membership, of course, you will qualify for all lesson and consultation discounts, as well.
Next Teleforum Date
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Events & Media
Dr. Joe was trotting the country in October, with stops at the PGA Tour event in Scottsdale, AZ to work with Tim Petrovic, an instructional program with Glenn Deck at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA, a presentation to the Metropolitan Section of the PGA at Wykagil Country Club in New Rochelle, NY, and a keynote speech to U.S. Trust 's Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Pasadena, CA.
"At The Turn" with Peter Kessler
Dr. Joe continues to appear as a regular commentator on Peter Kessler's "At the Turn," a very popular radio program on the PGA TOUR Network of XM/Sirius. Dr. Joe will be speaking with Peter every other week, with additional special appearances after majors and "cup" events. The program airs monday-friday at 10 a.m. Eastern, and can also be accessed from the homepage of the PGA Tour
website. Members can listen to archived interviews in the audio section of the member's portion of the website.
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