Event: 2016 Northern Trust Open
Course: Rivera Country Club – Pacific Palisades, CA
The game of golf offers no place to hide; it x-rays every person’s golfing soul. Golf does not discriminate in whom it exposes moreover it identifies which players are able to perform—and to what degree—in all types of situations that comes with this game. Playing golf uncovers one’s mental wiring and emotional stability and it’ll scrutinize all of our dispositions each time we play the entrancing game.
Adam Scott’s Golf-Swing v. Bubba Watson’s Golf-Swing
If we were to compare the two distinct golf-swings between Adam Scott and Bubba Watson you’d be absolutely spot-on to say they are in paradox. Logical thinking, which most golf instructors would profess, is Adam Scott’s fundamentally seamless golf-swing would/should make him better player than Bubba Watson’s poorly structured golf-swing. But that is certainly not the situation—golf performance is not all about how well one’s golf-swing fundamental are. Sure trying to improve one’s golf-swing makes sense but our swing fundamentals should be focusing on how to execute golf-shots when players are on the golf course? Golf performance has everything to do with the player’s mindset and how well they Assess and Execute each golf-shots in different golf situations.
Studying PGA Tour players in pressure situations with a particular eye on their two Key Performance Markers (KPMs), Assessment and Execution offers valuable insight. It proves, often to the amazement of onlookers, that even the world’s best professional players either—knowingly or unknowingly—make costly mistakes. When performance is measured objectively and rigorously we can all benefit by learning from these players when they perform well, and perhaps more so, when they make Big Mistakes relating to the mental components of their performance.
Yesterday in the final round of the PGA Tour’s 2016 Northern Trust Open played, at the historic Riviera CC, a situation played itself out that speaks to the difference in performance that day between Bubba Watson who won the tournament and Adam Scott—who lost the tournament.
The difference I’d like to point out is Bubba Watson’s ability—to perform—meaning his ability of Assessing & Executing Shots was at a significantly higher level than Adam Scott in spite of Adam Scott have a far superior golf-swing than that of Bubba Watson.
The Situation – Adam Scott
In the final round of the 2016 Northern Trust Open Adam Scott got off to a remarkable start. He opened up with an eagle on the 1st hole, then followed up with three more birdies on the 3rd, 4th, and 6th holes; he stood on the 7th tee, in the final round, with a 2-stroke lead.
Unfortunately, Adam Scott made an Unsatisfactory Execution with his tee-shot the 8th tee, hitting his tee-shot into a waste area. That Unsatisfactory Execution off the 8th tee triggered a Shot Lost Event. Then Adam followed it up with a multitude of Unsatisfactory KPM’s with his Chip, First Putt & Second Putt on the same hole. Only Adam Scott can determine which of his KPM’s (with his chip, 1st and 2nd Putts) were Unsatisfactory, which lead to a second Lost Shot Event on the 8th hole. Nonetheless, Adam Scott left the 8th green with making two Lost Shot Events on that hole.
Adam Scott’s next Big Mistake then happened on the 14th green. While facing a realistic birdie opportunity at 14, Scott then proceeded make Unsatisfactory KPMs with his 1st Putt and 2nd Putt. Once again, based on the subjectivity, which makes up Adam’s Golf-EQ, only Adam can determine which of his KPMs he malfunctioned on. Still, the net result was Adam Scott made another Lost Shot Event on 14th hole.
Then Adam Scott made another Big Mistake on the 15th Tee. Scott made an Unsatisfactory Execution with his tee-shot that lead to another Lost Shot Event on the 15th hole.
ASAP Sport Transcripts
- Talk about the round and what could have been?
ADAM SCOTT: “I got off to a great start just like I was saying I needed to yesterday afternoon when I finished. Everything went to plan. Unfortunately I just didn’t hit the best tee shot on the 8th, and made an error in judgment with my second shot out of a tough position and killed my momentum, but I was right in the tournament the whole day.”
“You know, I ended up two back or one back. There wasn’t a lot in it. I played a good round of golf around a pretty demanding course again today.”
- How different is the golf Bubba plays than what everybody else plays? Do you pay attention?
ADAM SCOTT: “Absolutely. I really enjoy watching Bubba play and watching him warm up on the range. I spent a bit of time watching him warm up back at the Hero at Albany at the end of last year. You pay less attention when you’re playing with him, but still, some of the shots he hits are so creative, and you know, he really has his style of golf under control. It’s very effective, as well.”
“It’s hard. I don’t think you can teach it. He’s just such a natural talent. But watching a guy hit 5-iron to four different greens on the range about 85 yards, 120, 170 and 240 is pretty fun to watch.”
Nobody would ever suggest that teaching the Bubba Watson way to swing the golf club is s good idea. But what we all should clearly understand that Bubba Watson’s ability to Assess and Execute golf-shots yesterday was far superior and the reason why he won and Adam didn’t. The lesson to learn here is that it’s not about how well a golfer’s golf swing is—it’s all about how well a golfer assesse and executed their desired golf-shots.
Not only is there a paradox between how both these two players swing the golf club, but there’s also a paradox in how these two player’s minds work—and it showed up in performance that day.
Based on Adam Scott’s extraordinary physical skill level to swing a golf club, it is just as obvious that his Golf-EQ performance was not to the level that it should have been in his last 11-holes. With an improved perceptual awareness, had Adam Scott simply made Satisfactory KPMs rather than Unsatisfactory KPMs he would not have squander away 4-stokes in his last 11-holes; he would have easily won the 2016 Northern Trust Open.
MindLink Golf is about placing the golfer’s perceptual awareness on these two KPMs – tracking and measuring this critical information identifies all golfers’ ability to perform on the golf course