At a press conference last night, 29-year-old Rory McIlroy spoke of his new approach to golf ahead of the US Master’s at Augusta tomorrow.
He told the media about how mind training, meditation and juggling have helped shape his new psychological approach to the game and it definitely seems like it’s working for him. He has displayed some of the best form of his career after following five consecutive top-six finishes with victory in the Players Championship last month.
“I don’t think I’ve ever started a season this well,” said McIlroy, who only needs the Masters to complete a career Grand Slam of major titles.
“It’s focusing on the small things and not living or dying by the results.”
He openly spoke of how he meditated for 20 minutes before his final round in the Players Championship last month, and he confessed; “I guess I’ve dabbled in it over the years and I’ve needed it from time to time, but I never fully immersed myself in it. Again it’s searching until you find what resonates with you and maybe what resonates with me isn’t going to resonate with someone else.
“But I’ve found what I feel is the best path forward for me and I’m committed to it. My routine now consists of meditation, juggling, mind-training, you know doing all the stuff to get yourself in the right place. But he also joked “I’m not going to go and live with the monks for a couple months in Nepal, its 10 minutes a day. It’s not as if I’m being consumed by it.”
Getting in the right frame of mind has proved to be an integral part of his success this year so far but he also pointed out that having the right people around him further bolsters his mind set. He has been working with eight-time winner on the PGA Tour Brad Faxon on the psychological side of the game and also with CIHP medical director, Dr Clayton Skaggs and he believes this has proved pivotal to his improved performance this season. His long time friend and caddie Harry Diamond has also been a calming presence in his game.
Speaking of tomorrow’s Masters he said “I would dearly love to win this tournament one day. If it doesn’t happen this week, that’s totally fine. I’ll come back next year and have another crack at it. But I’m happy with where everything is, body, mind, game.”
McIlroy tees off tomorrow at 4.15pm (GMT) alongside American Rickie Fowler and Australian Cameron Smith.
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