Bob Rotella, renowned sports psychologist and golf coach to the stars, is telling me a story. Several years ago, Jack Nicklaus was addressing a group and asserted he’d never missed a short putt in finals competition. An attendee argued with him, citing the date and tournament that Nicklaus did, indeed, miss a short putt. Nicklaus reasserted his statement that he’s never missed.
Of course he has missed.
Rotella says the point is that Nicklaus is saying in his mind, as he’s about to make that putt, he’s never missed. It doesn’t help him to think about the times he actually has missed. Those that want to be the best on the planet at something think differently.
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