Showing posts with label Mental Game. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mental Game. Show all posts

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cowboy Up, Dale Jr.

I think that Dale Jr. is rapidly approaching a come-to-Jesus moment, one where he decides whether or not he's going to stay in NASCAR or decides to go sell doilies at an antique market to little old ladies who want to pat him on the head and take their picture with him:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's "had enough" as he rides out the worst season of his NASCAR career.

Earnhardt is stuck in a 51-race winless streak dating back to 2008, his first season with Hendrick Motorsports. He heads into Saturday night's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway ranked 22nd in the standings and has just five top-10s this season.

He says he's been trying to ride out the season, but "there comes a point where you don't want to ride it out no more. You've just had enough."

Earnhardt says he has no answers on how to lift his slumping No. 88 team.

He'll start 39th in Saturday night's race.

I don't seriously think he's a quitter; I think he needs to start racing the way that he wants to race. Whatever isn't working for him is a change in strategy and organization issue, not necessarily a philosophical one. Dale Jr. has an approach to racing that has been honed over the years--something is getting between him and the way that he wants to race. So far, that thing getting between him and the way he wants to race is losing. He needs to look at what in his current approach is stinking up the track and get past it, get over it, or get rid of it. It's easy to blame the car. It's much easier to think about how you can change what you do with the car to give you a shot at winning races.

Frustration with losing should lead to a dedication to win. Just one victory would get Dale Jr. back on track, I really believe that.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Tiger is Back

This should shut a few people up, at least for the duration of this evening. They'll be back carping about him bright and early tomorrow morning:
Tiger Woods won the Buick Open for a third time and claimed his 69th PGA Tour victory...[he] shot a 3-under 69 and coasted to a three-shot victory with a 20-under 268 total at Warwick Hills, which hosted its first Buick Open in 1958 and seemed to stage its final one Sunday.

"I've played all around the world, and I've never seen a day like this," said Woods, also the 2002 and 2006 winner at Warwick Hills. "This event has always been special, but today was something else."

He acknowledged thinking about his walk up 18 at Warwick Hills being his last, leading to him throwing his ball with a lot of velocity back down the fairway to fans. He also tossed a ball into the gallery at 17.

"I never do that, but today was different," Woods said. "We aren't coming back here, and I wanted to thank all these people."

Cue the haters, the naysayers, and the just plain ridiculous commentators. Tiger's win on what is, admittedly, a relatively easy course to play is a step in the right direction. Correcting a dismal short game shows that he has the mental control he needs to get a few more victories under his belt this season, and he has one shot at a major left in him, when Hazeltine and the PGA.