Mind Over Sports


Posted on: July 16, 2011

I don’t think it was a coincidence that Tom Watson made a hole-in-one at the 2011 British Open after having watched footage Friday morning of Gene Sarazen’s hole-in-one at the 1973 British Open at Royal Toon. “Maybe that’s what inspired me today“ Watson said. I think it did more than inspire him. There are many athletes who watch videos of other athletes whose fetes they want to emulate as a form of visualization and if their lives are in harmony they will re-create in competition that which they saw in the videos they watched. Running backs in the NFL do it, heavyweight boxing champions do it, the list goes on and on. And by the way, when Tom’s namesake, 20-year old British amateur Tom Lewis, led all scorers at the end of the first round, I believe you can chalk that up to his playing with his idol, Tom Watson. Just being in Watson’s presence enhanced Lewis’ feelings of self-worth and as we all know, there’s a high correlation between self-esteem and performance.

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