4 Mistakes from the Ryder Cup that all golfers can learn from

4 Mistakes from the Ryder Cup that all golfers can learn from

This year’s Ryder Cup being held at the Gleneagels Golf Club in Scotland has never been as highly contested with the Europeans winning the past two Cup matches. The Cup is a combination of not just individual play, but a team concept as well.Playing for a team that is made up of fellow countrymen or a team that is made up of several countries bound by a common land mass, the matches have proven to be the ultimate test of nerve and skill. Mental hardiness and emotional composure are needed to perform under the scrutiny of millions of onlookers.

Dr. Robert K. Winters, wrote in the Leadbetter Golf Academy about the four mental and emotional mistakes that the players who are participating in this year’s Ryder Cup Matches must avoid in order to play at their highest level. The ironic thing about these mistakes is that these are the same mistakes that everyday golfers can learn from as well. Avoid making these mistakes and you are well on your way to playing great golf!


Mistake 1: Thinking that the other team has an edge due to experience or reputation.

The golfer who can believe in their ability and play golf against the challenge of the game and beat the golf course (the way that they know how) is the player who can be a formidable opponent for anyone.


Mistake 2: Failing to adhere to my routine and hitting when not ready.

After having a clear plan in your mind, you must fully commit to your pre-shot routine and take full rehearsal swings prior to stepping in and aiming yourself to your target.


Mistake 3: Making the shot or match bigger than life.

Don’t over value the moment or the importance of ‘that’ shot. When you are trying to make a ‘big shot’ you put too much pressure on yourself in that moment and flub the shot.


Mistake 4: Losing your composure and performing below your comfort zone.

The emotion that swirls around the event at every hole, every day, is fantastic and at the same time, mentally grueling and taxing to the senses.  The focus for maintaining your composure is to be true to your nature and understand that ultimately….you are in control of you!


To read all about the Ryder Cup, history, players, course etc. click here

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