Sure, this may be your best social media moment, but losing your temper on the golf course will likely keep you from achieving success. That’s at least according to two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, who plays this week in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic’s PGA Tour Champions.
Goosen was asked after his second round at TPC Sugarloaf if his calm demeanor and impressive posture went hand in hand.
He replied, “Sure.” “Golf, the longer you can stay on the same level and not have a lot of ups and downs in moods and emotions, the better for your game. You have four hours in there where you had to shoot 65 shots and hopefully those 65 shots only take a few minutes, what do you do with the hours? The other three and a half?When walking the course, you need to focus, and you need to calm yourself down.
“All this sort of thing breathes into your game, how are your feelings between shots. If you smell everything and hit the ball on the next shot, you probably won’t take a good shot because you’re not mentally prepared to hit it. It’s important how you manage your emotions on the golf course in order to You keep yourself steady.”
Goosen, who has had seven wins on the PGA Tour to double his tally on the European Tour, said he’s maintained the same shooting style over the years, which has particularly benefited him.
I’m still pretty much the same. I tried a little bit with a long putter and a belly putter. Who didn’t? But you always seem to go back to what you did when you played your best golf and made all the hits. You just have to find confidence again and believe that you can play Well again.Playing is pretty much a game of feeling, there is no power or anything to do with it.Some players lose their sense and you’re not quite sure how hard it is to hit it or…your eyes turn a bit.As you get older you don’t see the lines as clearly as you used to to see her.
Retief Goosen (RSA) prepares to put on the first hole during the first round of the Chubb Classic, Friday, February 18, 2022, at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.
“The situation is, I would say, a very personal thing. You just have to find something that suits you to hit the ball online. It doesn’t matter how you stand or how you hold the racket as long as you can run it online and at the right speed. Speed is probably the most important thing.”
Although he is now 53 years old, Petersburg, South Africa, can still enjoy it. On Saturday, for example, he made four of the first five holes to climb near the top of the leaderboard at a track where he took his second PGA Tour win (at the BellSouth Classic in 2022). He finished with a pair of bogeys, but still shot 67, and sits at 3 under the championship.
And while others tend to fiddle with their rackets, Goosen insists that familiarity helped bring success.
“I use the same putter. I don’t change putters very often,” Josen said. “I’ve won a lot of my tournaments with a racket or two, rackets or so. Even now I still have a racket that I’ve used for a while. I think, yeah, changing rackets constantly is not a good thing. You have to get a racket you want and then try to hold onto it even in The times you get off a little bit. It’ll come back, but once you just start swapping bats every week, it’s hard to feel and feel.”
This recipe keeps producing something delicious. Goosen is fifth in the PGA Tour Champions in Intermediate mode this season, and that translates to five of the 6 best games in his seven starts.
Of course, he can sometimes suffer from frustrating bouts of flat stick, but he feels that the connection a player builds with his racket needs to be a source of confidence. Almost closer to marriage.
“Well, I spent my times throwing a little and kicking a little. You go back to your hotel room in the evening, and you hit your head on…why didn’t I put a big punch in there?” he said. “Rock, you should become your second wife. You need to take care of that thing because that’s where the money is. It doesn’t matter how good you shoot the ball; if you can’t make a knockout, it’s useless.”