Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Power of Trust

This is one of the questions Doug Milne asked Mark Wilson following his second win of the year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open:  
Q. Can you say more about how Bob Rotella altered your thinking?
MARK WILSON: "Obviously I've always been a searcher in terms of my technique and my golf swing, try something new here or there, it might work for a little bit, and even switching during the rounds. When I saw Dr. Rotella, I said, okay, do I spend a few months and just try to engrain a new habit in the swing, trying to get my club a little more on plane, certain little things I'd like to change, or do I just go with it and trust it and try to just do the same thing every day. And he says, the sooner you decide to just trust what you've got, the quicker you're going to become a better player. And I skated right through Q-school and then I won three months later at the Honda, my first win in 2007.
And that was the mentality that I've taken ever since. I stray from that every once in a while, but for some reason at the end of last year, which was one of my worst years in recent history, it just popped back into my head, hey, I've got to just trust what I'm doing and just play my own game, not try to -- not put my swing on camera every afternoon after the rounds and try to make it perfect, because I looked around and I see everyone has got a different swing. And even some of the best swings on TOUR, if they can't dial in the yardage it's not going to help them. So just focus more on myself, and that's what Bob really helped me with."

I love that Wilson adopted this way of thinking and allowed himself to be himself.  The power of trust is an important factor in winning tournaments.  Rotella gave him permission. 

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