“War of words with Woods” or just “Oops” for Sergio Garcia at TPC?

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What did Sergio and his Caddy decide?

We love to watch that famous Par 3 at TPC

Why do we love it? For one thing, any golfer would love the opportunity to play such a (typically) simple 132 yard par 3. Simple if you close your eyes! That darn water can play tricks on your head. Yet it is simple as for most decent amateurs, as it’s only an 8 or 9 iron.

The other reason we like watching the Pro’s play this hole is because we like to feel, “we are just like them.” We can relate to their shot either way… If they hit on the middle of the green, we say, “yeh, I can do that.” And if they hit it in the water, we shake our heads and say, “yeh, been there, done that!”

Like most, I was rooting for Sergio to finish strong. It’s always fun to root for the underdog, and sad when he stumbles down the home stretch. Most of us have been there at some point in our lives, on the golf course and off.

When Sergio teed off at 17, the signature hole with the famous island green that we all love to watch, Garcia was even with Woods at 13-under. What created his mental breakdown that landed his first two shots off the tee in the water? After a quadruple-bogey 7 on 17, Garcia would also put his tee shot on 18 into the water as well. You couldn’t help but shake your head while Sergio scratched his. What happened?

The Conversation

We all have two conversations… the one we tell ourselves, and the one we talk about to others. When I work with touring Pro’s, I will usually coach both player and caddy. It’s the only time golf is a team sport. The player and the caddy are constantly evaluating the situation, the hard yardage, the wind, terrain, etc. The conversation must end with a “YES” in the players mind before stepping up to hit the shot. “Maybe” or “I’ll try” just doesn’t cut it on tour. 

I’d love to know what was the conversation between Sergio and his caddy on the 17 tee. Were they uncertain of what club to hit? Did they agree to hit the wedge full or 3/4? Did Sergio decide the shot he was going to hit well before he hit the shot, or did he change his mind last minute and second guess himself. Either way you cut it, it was what we call an “Oops” in Your Inner Swing. Brush yourself Sergio and get back up to bat again!

  • What do you think happened to Sergio?
  • Was it his “war of words with Woods” or just “Oops” for Sergio at TPC? 
  • Will he bounce back?


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Motivation for Employees, Athletes and Students

Increase motivation athletic mindsetIs there one perfect motivation that could motivate a multiplicity of people? Could this motivate employees to love their job more, athletes to believe in themselves more, and students to become more aware of others? The answer is Yes!

Have you ever heard of RAOK or random acts of kindness? It states just what it is… a random action that is performed as an act of kindness to someone else. It could be as simple as holding the door open for a someone behind you, helping someone load their packages into their car, or even giving someone that needed one dollar.

Keeping the RAOK in mind, let’s take it one step further. What if we were to make it a conscious act rather than a random act out of the blue? Here lies the “perfect motivation” for that multiplicity of people.

Employers love motivated employees

Now is the time for employers to show they care about their employees. A simple way for employees to look forward to getting up in the morning and even get to work early, is give them a reason beyond their day to day work to be motivated. Give them a way to help others. Like Cuba Gooding says in the movie Jerry McGuire, “Help me, help you!” Give employees a way to help others through mentoring programs inside and outside the company. When employees feel good about “giving” they’ll want to give even more to their job. Giving back is powerful motivation of Gratitude!


Athletes motivated from the heart

How often do we hear of an athlete that just played their sport at the highest level because they were “in the zone”? A great way to get in the zone is by training hard, physically and mentally, so during competition the thought of “doing” becomes subconscious. Part of getting into the zone is teaching others how you do what you do. When you give back helping others get the athletic mindset you learned from a mentor, it comes back to you. Mentorship motivates athletes as what you pass on from the heart (gratitude), comes back to the heart. Giving back is a powerful motivator filled with Love!


Students aware of others

“I wish my child thought more of others, and not only about themselves!” A parent’s greatest wish is for their child to succeed while at the same time being kind to others. When a child becomes aware of others and lends a hand when not even being asked to, they become internally motivated. Since “thank you” generally follows the helping of others, the student is motivated to do more and will look for Opportunities to help others. The awareness and positive energy of helping others becomes a great motivator for their own success, and can carry throughout their lives, as students and as adults. Giving back is the perfect motivation!


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Lesson to be learned

Whether you’re at a fortune 500 or a start-up company, an amateur of professional athlete, a teen or college student, everyone can benefit from the motivation born out of giving back. As taught in the Your Inner Swing and The Athletic Mindsetfind your GLO every morning to start your best day.

Every morning before your feet hit the floor say, “What a glorious day to feel Gratitude, Love and Opportunity!” This will help start your day feeling great and looking for good things to happen, as well as people to help.





Mental game confidence – That’s what’s in the BAG!

What’s really in the BAG?

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Question: How did D.A. Points, win the 2013 Shell Houston Open? Answer: One shot at a time, sinking putts with his 30 year old Ping “Anser” putter!

Typically when asked “What’s in the Bag?” we see this: Points’ bag:

  • TaylorMade R11S driver
  • TaylorMade Burner 3-wood
  • TaylorMade R11 Rescue
  • Ping G10 hybrid
  • Ping i5 irons
  • Ping Tour wedges with Gorge Grooves
  • Ping Anser putter
  • Titleist Pro V1x ball

Here’s the reason D.A. won last week; he was mentally committed to everything in his BAG physically and especially mentally! His inner swing was saying all the right things that kept him focused on the end result… “get the ball in hole in the least amount of strokes.” You could say, what was in his BAG, was definitely helping him along the way.

What’s in the mental BAG?

  • His Beliefs inspired him… “I know the tools I’m playing with this week, will work for me!”

Does it really matter what clubs you are playing with? Yes, it really does matter that what ever is in your hand, old or new, two things are happening. 1) These clubs are fit for you, your body type, strength, etc. and 2) You’ve got to Believe what is in your hand is going to work. Working with many Tour Pro’s on their mental game, the first thing we do is check out their equipment. It’s important they know every wood, iron, hybrid and putter is specked out for them. Trackman is one of the best ways to check your tools.

  • His Awareness helped him… “I belong out here and I am playing great!”

Some believe, “When it’s my time to win, I will.” Others say, “Be like Hogan, dig it out of the ground.” Both thoughts are correct. To do anything really well, you’ve got to put your work in. Whether it’s golf, climbing the corporate ladder, or being the best Mom. But that “lightbulb” has to shine brightly that tells you to keep working at it, your belong here.

  • His Gratitude empowered him… “I love these woods, I love these irons, I love this putter!”

Ah, the almighty Gratitude! Those words are so empowering. Think about the words, Love, Gratitude and Joy. Imagine playing an entire round of golf thinking those words before, during and after each shot. Now imagine your best round ever because that’s just what you may get when you stay at the top of your ladder! I would imagine that’s kind of how D.A. won in Houston.

What’s in your mental golf bag and how have you improved it?



25 Years Literary Feast – Welcomes The Athletic mindset authors

Excited to be one of the Authors!

“A successful society is, by necessity, a literate society. Reading is the first skill among all others, and the Broward Public Library Foundation plays an essential role in the civic, cultural and commercial well-being of our community,” said long-time event supporter Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation Inc.

Please click on the flier below to get more information on this great event! We hope to see you there.


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Release your “crab mentality”

Life Lesson – “Useless Competition”

crabs mentalityCrabs in a bucket are referred to as the crab mentality. It is best described by the phrase, “If I can’t make it, neither can you”.  Working together as a team, the crabs could easily escape from the bucket. Instead, the crabs grab one another and pull the other one down. As each crab races to the “king of the hill” competition, ultimately it prevents any of the other crabs from escaping the bucket. Ultimately these crabs faced their demise like so many employees experience in their careers. When you pull down others, you also keep yourself down on the bottom of the ladder.

While mentoring a young employee, I suggested two options that they would experience while climbing the corporate ladder. The first choice was to help people all along the way, and the other choice was not help others, thereby getting caught up in “the crab bucket.” The crab mentality theory broadly associates with being shortsighted, non-constructive thinking, rather than a unified, team-approach and long-term constructive mentality.

In the Athletic Mindset we encourage everyone to help one another, and incorporate teamwork whenever you can. It is a lot easier to climb up and out of the bucket or carry the football down the field when all of your teammates are working together towards the same goal.

If you find yourself in the ole crab bucket, look around for those that might be pulling you down. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, “misery loves company.” Co-workers and colleges, who might be insecure, jealous or selfish, will indeed ride on the crab that seems to be getting to the top of the corporate bucket. Don’t let other employees pull you down. If you find someone pulling you down, reach down and see what you can do to help pull them up.

Having the Athletic Mindset is when every crab is free to climb up out of the bucket!

Randy Friedman is author of both books, Your Inner Swing & The Athletic Mindset

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