MindLink Golf originated in PGA Tour competition

Richard Zokol began his PGA Tour career after captaining the Brigham Young University Golf Team to the 1981 NCAA Championship at Stanford University. Later that summer he went on to win the 1981 Canadian Amateur Championship then Zokol successfully advanced to the PGA Tour through the notorious Q-School—his professional golf career began on the PGA Tour in 1982.

In his first seven months on PGA Tour, as a Tour rookie, Zokol’s hyperactive mind basically disrupted his own ability to perform—he placed an overwhelming amount of pressure on himself to score well. Even though he worked hard on his game, hard work wouldn’t generate better scores. Like most golfers, Zokol’s result-oriented mindset sabotaged his best efforts—this harmful mindset is universal among golfers—mental barriers that holds all golfers back from optimal performance.

In an effort to conquer his angst that came with his unsuccessful performance, Zokol considered calming his hyperactive/anxious mind by listening to music as he competed in PGA Tour competition. A radical decision, after all, in 1979 the SONY WALKMAN was an innovative way to listen to music—Zokol’s instincts were drawn to the calming effects of music—he thought it just might provide some answers? The discovery of what happened next was nothing less than remarkable!

In his very first event of listening to music (The Eagles–Hotel California…not disco music) while playing in PGA Tour competition, the first round of the 1982 Greater Milwaukee Open, Zokol instantaneously went from not being able to make a cut on the PGA Tour to shooting a seven under par 65—to take the first round lead of the tournament. The next day, on the cover of newspaper publication’s Sport Page across North America ran headlines, Disco Dick Leads on PGA Tour. With this breakthrough and new phenomenal performance activated by listening to music Zokol continued to hold the lead from the first round to the last few holes of the fourth round before Calvin Peete ultimately won the event. Listening to music did something amazing to change Zokol’s golf game—the change happened in his mind—it released him from the mental incarcerations and gave him back his Freedom to play.

When golfer’s minds become emotionally attached to result-oriented objectives they inadvertently enter the rabbit hole we call—Golf Insanity. Listening to music provided Zokol Freedom to play, derived from being in the present moment. This discovery allowed us to identify a system that diminishes those hyperactive thoughts that work against all golfers’ best interests. Richard Zokol is one of the game’s original thinkers who cracked the code that breaks Golf Insanity. We refined Zokol’s scoring system of collecting this critical data (KPMs)—which he used in PGA Tour competition from 1999-2003 prior to his retirement from PGA Tour competition—a system that inherently gives golfers the on-the-course presence of mind to perform to the best of their ability.

Get out of the rabbit hole of Golf Insanity—discover or rediscover your Golf Freedom—optimize your game.