Mental Game Golf

How a U.S. Open Champion And His Caddy Evaluate Their Play

“Golf is not a game of good shots, it’s a game of bad
shots.” – Ben Hogan

If you really want to play consistent golf, manage your game by managing
your mistakes. After each round, you should look at your statistics. A bit
deeper than your typical fairways or greens hit, but not as deep as strokes
gained putting.


2012 US Open champion, Webb Simpson, and his caddy, Paul Tesori, have
a specific system that examines their own play. It’s quite simple; they look at
four statistics that show where they are making mistakes. They know that
the person who makes the fewest of these mistakes usually wins.

After every round, they look at the following statistics:

      Bogeying any par-five
      Bogey from the fairway < 8 iron
      Double bogey

They have deemed that any of these mistakes actually gives shots back to
the field that they cannot afford to make. Assessing their play in this fashion
also helps direct their practice, or game strategy.

Are you managing mistakes in this fashion in your own game?

This article was by Dr. Rob Bell author of the book, Mental Toughness for Golf


Photo by Keith Allison

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Dr. Rob Bell

is a certified sport psychology consultant of The Association of Applied Sport Psychology. He has PGA Tour credentials and has worked with winners on the PGA, Nationwide, Mini-Tours, and Collegiate events. Occasionally caddying on tour as well, he is the author of the book: Mental Toughness Training for Golf. His sport psychology research involves the Yips in Golf and has been published in numerous academic journals. He is the owner of Dr Rob Bell LLC, in Indianapolis.

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