THEY RYDER CUP AFTERMATH…
AND THE SHAME THAT COMES WITH DEFEAT
The drama, the finger pointing and the media that surrounds the Ryder Cup aftermath as Team Europe claims victory with a scoreboard reading 17 ½ – 10 ½. It wasn’t even close and that doesn’t sit well with the fans!
The aftermath of the Ryder Cup brings lots of drama and finger pointing and the blame needs to set with someone or something from the Captain, to Reed to even the course being at fault and the Media is feeding it up.
As Brooks Koepka put it in a recent interview at the Dunhill Links in Scotland: “The problem is you guys [the media] try to find a reason why we lost, and the simple reason is we just didn’t play good enough.”
“People like to make a story and run with it. It’s not the first time there’s been a news story that isn’t true that has gone out. As far as the camaraderie [within the U.S. Ryder Cup team] it was fine, it was perfect. The problem is you guys try to find a reason why we lost and the simple reason is we didn’t play good.”
From Patrick Reed’s comments to the New York Post, to the injury of a spectator leaving her blind in one eye from a tee shot made by Brooks Koepka, to the fight rumors of fight with Dustin Thompson, it never stops.
Everyone has an opinion and everyone needs someone to blame. But what no one wants to talk about is the fact that Euros played exceptional golf as they are exceptional players.
The Ryder Cup, is more than golf. For pride, country, each other. More so than any tournament or player, fans are personally invested. A sentiment great for the competition, in build-up and engagement. Problematic, however, when it comes to acceptance.
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GOLF STATE OF MIND
Many athletic trainers and coaches believe the human body has reached its optimal size – any bigger, we lose speed and flexibility, any smaller, and we lose power. The problem is the body architecture (bones, ligaments, tendons, etc) cannot take the force delivered by over-sized muscles — they rip apart.
So the question is if beneficial changes in performance will not come from bigger muscles, then where is training headed? The answer is that the next frontier is the mental side.
The newest type, Dynamic Imagery (DI), uses gesturing during mental practice, a step beyond simply sitting with your eyes closed while using imagery. In addition to imagery/visualization, you use micro-movements tracking the actual movements as you imagine yourself performing the actions you want to learn.
All learning follows a model, so the first step is to secure a model that is correct, and then watch it until you understand the movement sequence. Then you run the movement through your own brain apparatus using the micro-movements that make it up. This process is driven by rich imagery composed of multi-sensorial pictures where you see, hear and feel the sequence.
Images on your mental scene drive motor movements, so the images you place there must be:
(1) Real in their proportion, size and likeness
(3) Clear and Compelling
The best way for learning motor movements is actual physical practice, but if you can’t practice for real, then mental practice is an effective means to in learning.
SOUTH KOREA WINS 1ST INTERNATIONAL CROWN TITLE…HOLDING OFF US AND ENGLAND
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — South Korea held off challenges from the United States and England to win the eight-nation International Crown for the first time in front of a delighted home crowd at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on Sunday. Korea’s In Gee Chun put up the only perfect record at the UL International Crown.
The top-seeded host team started the final round two points clear of the chasing pack and won two of the four singles matchups to finish with 15 points, four ahead of the defending champion United States and England.
Thailand finished fourth and Sweden fifth. Australia, Taiwan, and Japan were all eliminated at the end of the third round.
“We never really feel nervous before majors but we have been nervous for a couple of months before this,” So Yeon Ryu said. “Turns out that because this was home field, we felt comfortable with all the fans that came out to support us, and we had a lot of benefits. The support was incredible.”
GOLF VR IS TRANSFORMING REMOTE COACHING
New technology that could transform how amateurs play the game and lower their handicap.
This new wave of services includes platforms to find tee times and GPS-enabled applications that give players real-time data on the golf course, such as ball position and yards to tee.
Meanwhile, Virtual Reality (VR) software means players can replicate the experience of playing some of the world’s most famous courses, such as St Andrews, without ever having to go there.
U.S. golfing publication Golf.com has launched a new platform that connects golfers to professional instructors and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to analyze a person’s swing and automatically identify issues with their action. The ‘Swing AI’ system detects the issues and relays these to the teacher, who then scores it personally and develops an interactive lesson plan.
Golf.com believes the “Play with the Pros” product can achieve the ambitious goals of making players better and allowing professional instructors to expand their businesses by eliminating the need to be physically present to offer tuition.
GOLF DIGEST HELPS IN SETTING PRISONER FREE
A wrongfully imprisoned man spent 27 years of his life in a 6×10 cell before getting his conviction thrown out and a Golf Digest reporter, Max, Adler, had a significant part in making that happen.
Valentino Dixon, 48, had been serving a 39-years-to life sentence in New York for the 1991 killing of Torriano Jackson. During his 27 years behind bars, Valentino Dixon had drawn the interest of Golf Digest with his stunning drawings of golf courses. Even though he’d never hit a ball, or even set foot on a golf course, Dixon crafted intricate, warm, portraits of golf courses from around the world.
Drawing colorful detailed “golf-scapes” gave Dixon peace while serving time for a murder he didn’t commit. The inmate wrote a letter to Golf Digest and that letter prompted the publication to look into Dixon’s case.
Golf Digest reporter, Max Adler, began doing some investigating of his own and found serious discrepancies that led to an investigation by the Georgetown University Prison Reform Project.
The story led to more media outlets and eventually Erie County (N.Y.) district attorney’s wrongful convictions unit found enough evidence to vacate his conviction. Not to mention, another person pleaded guilty to the murder.
After 27 years of imprisonment, Dixon finally had his conviction thrown out and walked out a free man.
Dixon stated in a press conference that he intends to help exonerate other inmates who have been wrongfully convicted but first him and reporter, Adler, plan to go out on a golf course and hit a few balls around.
For a look at the golf art that kept Dixon going during his long years in prison, click here.