Is Tiger Woods Mental Game Slipping?  Maybe he needs a dose of Sports Hypnosis

Is Tiger Woods’ Mental Game Slipping?

Maybe he needs a dose

of Sports Hypnosis!

This article was originally published by William C. Smith, BCH -- Jan. 29th, 2011

"Welcome to golf, I wish we could say we could putt well every day,
but it doesn't happen.
The only thing you can do is control your speed every day.
This week, my speed has been a little bit erratic.”
Tiger Woods

Has Tiger Woods won a major title since 2008? Wasn't the 2008 U.S. Open his last? Is there hope for him? Only if he can get his mental game back!
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Even though Tiger Woods is a six times tournament winner at Torrey Pines he didn’t play well during his first tournament of 2011. The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego wasn’t very kind to him. On the third day of the tournament, he came in a distant eight strokes off the lead with a four under 212. Phil Mickelson was tied with Bill Haas for second place with a score of 204.
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Twenty Six year old Jhonattan Vegas upstaged his playing partner – Tiger Woods -- and is only three off the lead with 207. Earlier, Vegas said this about Tiger Woods "Some of the stuff he has done has been unbelievable. And just to be in a golf tournament with him is a pleasure."
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Vegas went from being a US PGA Tour rookie to the victor last Sunday in the Bob Hope Classic in the desert near Palm Springs. Of course many of us would not be surprised since he was a standout at the University of Texas.
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Vegas commented, “It has been, I guess, a couple of crazy days. Between being a rookie and being a winner was a huge jump. It has been exciting! It has been a pleasure! It has been really good!”
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After carding four bogeys and two birdies and continually shaking his head in frustration after hitting errant shots, Woods told reporters, "I did not play well at all today."
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Really Tiger? You noticed too? Do you think there’s a possibility your mind just hasn’t gotten back on the game from some personal problems that don’t need to be rehashed here.
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From my own observations, any athlete who can’t get their mental game right is going to have problems no matter how many championships they’ve won in the past. If anyone knows Tiger, give him my number. Let me help him update his use of Self Hypnosis / NLP with some new Sports Hypnosis techniques he may not have been exposed to – yet.
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Woods continued, “It was a struggle all day. I finally found something at 16, but 15 holes already had gone by so that was pretty frustrating. I couldn't get anything going in the back nine. That was the goal of the back nine, but I just didn't make it happen."
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Vegas had his mind game in sharp focus. He finished with a 69 for the day, five strokes better than Woods – the 14 times major champion! The long-hitting Vegas birdied three of the last six holes. Now you might think being a young rookie and just having won the Bob Hope Classic, he would be distracted by his win. But he wasn't!
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One of the techniques I teach my golfers (and other athletes) is to focus in the moment, let go of past shots – good or bad – and focus on the one shot that matters, the one being played at that moment.
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Congratulations to Vegas for being able to follow through (so far) with such tremendous focus. Let’s see what he does tomorrow and in the future..Speaking of Vegas, Woods said, "I'd never seen him hit a golf shot. It was neat to play with him. He's a really nice kid. He had a couple of loose shots here and there, but he recovered well. He put himself in contention going into tomorrow."
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Ok Tiger, how many loose shots did you shoot and was it due to lack of focus? Simple answer here – yes!
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Oh but wait, Tiger has an excuse – he’s working with a new swing coach since last August. This is his fourth swing change of his professional career. His excuse? "I've made changes in the past. It's the same old motor patterns and they kind of kick in, especially when I have to place shots.
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How about you? How is your mental game? Whether you need help with your golf game, or any other sport, if you need some help, let me know.
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UPDATE -- Jhonattan Vegas finished tied for third place earning $336,400. Tiger Woods finished tied for 44th place earning $18,096!
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You won’t find many Sports Hypnotists who offer the combination of techniques I do – Alpha Process Coaching, Sports Hypnosis, Self Hypnosis Instruction, NLP, one of the few Hypnotists who have an approved NGH Golf Specialist Hypnotist Certification

My professional office is located in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. And I am available to travel (at your expense) worldwide for individual and group programs. I am also available for Video Skype Sessions
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