in golf has a lot to do with being
able to perform consistently at the highest level.
This requires great mental strength and
that if you do hit a bad patch you can quickly get back on track.
Alongside working on my technique,
I try to spend plenty of time developing
the right mental state of mind for competition.”
Ross Fisher team member of 2010 winning
Ryder Cup team
here’s me, Coach William C. Smith at a Dallas Cowboy game in 2009. And no that’s not Tony Romo,
but at least I got a fun picture with a “Cowboy” Star Wars soldier!
As you know, I’m a Sports Hypnotist
in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and Tony Romo is quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. I haven’t
met Tony yet, but if you know him and want to see him do better in either football, or golf, feel free to give him my information.
This is an imaginary interview with Tony Romo, but read it and you’ll find some useful ideas that can help you
– regardless of your sport, age, or skill level.
Coach William – Tony, first of all, congratulations on your marriage. I’m sure you just disappointed a lot
of women by taking your name off the bachelor list here in Dallas.
Tony Romo – Thanks Coach. Playing the field finally got old. I think this will
help me be more focused for the next season.
Coach – Speaking of focus. I understand your golf focus needs a little work.
Tony – As you know, I play a lot of golf in the off season. It helps me relax and I just enjoy being outdoors
and the competition.
Coach – Who’s your competition when you’re playing golf?
Tony – (Starts naming some names of other golfers and other athletes)
Coach – Well, there’s a big part of the problem!
Tony – My problem?
Coach – No, not YOUR problem. THE problem. Now we have two things to discuss.
The only competitor you should ever think about, whether it’s in football or golf – is the man you see in the
Tony – You mean I’m competing with myself?
“If you watch a game, it's fun.
If you play at it,
you work at it,
Coach – Yeah! Your focus should always be on improving your game – golf, football, or whatever you’re
playing. When you focus on others, your mind is distracted by comparing yourself to them and their skills. When you play against
yourself – to always be the best you can be – then you’ve got your mind in the right place.
Tony – Hey, I think I like
Coach – When Tony competes with Tony – it’s a whole new ball game!
Pun intended. When your goal is to be totally in the moment of YOUR game, you’re at a higher level than when you’re
distracted by thinking about the other team, or the other golfer.
Tony – OK – got it. Now what about that “problem” you were talking about.
Coach – Simple to explain, but sometimes hard to grasp.
Tony – You’ve got me intrigued. Come on – tell me!
Coach – When you say “MY” anything, you’re saying it belongs to you. Your SubConscious Mind
is designed to keep and get more of what belongs to you. So who would want to keep, or get more of, a problem?
Tony – You mean I shouldn’t “own it” as a lot of therapists tell athletes to do?
Coach – Why? Instead, how about “owning” the solution. Call it “THE problem” and now you’re
pushing it away from you so you can own a solution. Does that make sense?
Tony – Sure does! Hey, I like this. But why do you say it’s hard to grasp?
Coach – Because so many times I explain it to my Sports Hypnosis athlete clients and it’s so ingrained into
them, they forget and five minutes later are back to using the “my” again.
Tony – Did you say Sports Hypnosis?
Coach – OK, now you know why we’re talking about the mind and the SubConscious.
Yes, I’m a Sports Hypnotist.
Tony – Really? You’re really a Hypnotist?
Coach – Yes. I specialize in Sports Hypnosis – all ages, sports, and
skill levels. Have you ever tried Sports Hypnosis to help get through some of the obstacles that have been keeping you from
your highest level of performance?
Tony – No, I don’t think I would want anyone messing with my mind!
Coach – I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t either! But a Hypnotist doesn’t mess with your mind. A
Hypnotist will help you utilize your mind better and can help you improve your sports performance, whether it’s playing
football, golf, or any other sport.
Tony – I don’t know. I’ve seen some of the weird stuff a Hypnotist
can make people do at comedy clubs.
Coach – Tony, a Hypnotist doesn’t MAKE you do anything! But a Hypnotist
can help you do things better, or make some positive changes. And a Sports Hypnotist, with a lot of experience and training
like I have, can really help an athlete reach new levels of performance.
“I think some guys have the ability
to learn from themselves and
Those are the guys that last a long time
and continue to improve in this
and in sports in general"
Tony – So you think you could help my golf game? I was really hoping to qualify
for the US Open at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney back in early May.
Coach – Could I help improve your golf game? Sure. I’ve helped a lot of golfers, including pro athletes
like yourself who play golf in their off season.
Coach -- How did you do?
Tony – Well I shot an 81 – 9 over par! Not as good as I did last year.
Last year, I shot a 71 in the first round, and advanced to sectional qualifying, but had to withdraw in Round 2 because of
a weather delay that caused a conflict with Cowboys’ practice.
Coach – Ok – just let me know, when you’re serious about playing better golf,
or football and we can set up some appointments.
Tony – Hey, thanks, I just might do that!
“It's good sportsmanship
to not pick up lost golf balls
while they are still rolling.”
Now, back to the real world – if any of you are friends with Tony, or any other
athlete who wants to improve at their sport, whether it’s golf, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, or any
other sport – you know how to get in touch with me!