Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Jedi Mind-Tricks Triumph Again

Okay, I stand corrected. Maybe Vijay wasn't kidding when he told me last week that "he is the best"! Winning back-to-back FedEx Cup Playoff events is beyond impressive, and his flawless putting has been mind-boggling. Have you heard about Singh's new attitude toward putting? After months (years) of sketchy results on the greens, he recently started convincing himself that he's the "Best Putter in the World". Sounds like a page out of Bob Rotella's Your 15th Club book. The positive self-talk is definitely working for Vijay.

Speaking of Rotella's book, remember my amateur friend Lee Palms who has been on a roll lately, thanks to the concept of self-generated confidence? He tees it up this weekend in Milwaukee for the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, and I'll be caddying for him. He competed in the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst last month, and after an opening 76, rallied with a strong 69 to finish tied for 63rd after stroke play. He ended up in a 26-man playoff for the remaining two match play spots. Lee told me he stuck his approach to twelve feet on the first playoff hole, hit his putt right on line, but it just didn't drop (of course that's what he told's all about the inner swagger). He admitted to having a blast, and he's taking it up a notch in Wisconsin. Hello, 2009 Masters! Keep an eye on us via the USGA website.

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