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Take the underdog attitude to be a dangerous golf competitor

In competitive golf, expectations are one of the killers of a good golf swing and putting stroke. If you go out there on the course with a mindset that you HAVE to protect your reputation or standing as a favorite, well, that can be a huge liability.

Whether you are or are not the favorite, you can take the attitude that YOU are the underdog. That you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

This is a powerful mental strategy that can pay off big time when you get good at it. Remember, reality is whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t matter one bit if you really are the favorite or not in order for you to get the benefits. Watch the video and tell me what you think in the comments.

Greens and fairways,



Win with an underdog mental attitude

Have you ever noticed that it’s easier to play loose and free in heavy competition when you’re
the underdog? When you don’t expect to win? When everyone thinks your opponent is better? It’s a sports cliche even in top pro sports that the competitor with “nothing to lose” is the most dangerous to play. Especially when playing at home. In the sport of golf, they take it a little further and actually say to look out for the golfer who has a cold or a sore throat.

10932041_xxlGolf being such a mental game that if you have this underdog mental attitude from being sick, you actually have an advantage!! Think about this for a second. That “underdog” attitude is all made up in our heads. It’s not real. Nothing we “think” about is actually real. We can think anything we want and nobody can do anything about it if we don’t want them to. What if you were to go out there in every competition “pretending” that you are the underdog.

Pretending is just a thought like any other thought. What if you were to take a few moments before going out there and just talk yourself into a place where could play loose and free because there were no expectations on you to win? You can!

This takes some practice and I would recommend that every night before you go to bed before your next game or competition, you imagine yourself showing up to the competition with that mental attitude as the underdog. How would you stand and walk as the underdog? How would you talk differently?

Let me leave you with this one thought about this topic today… can you now see how your imagination can be a potent weapon of yours to help you play your best? Winners know how to direct their thoughts. Winners win in advance.
IMG_20112013_100701-150x150I’m Craig Sigl

6 Responses

  1. Tim Howle says:

    Thanks! I try to stay relaxed on the course.
    I plan on staying loose and concentrating on staying that way!
    Trying to enjoy the round, imagining the shot in a preshot routine .
    Winning….? I just stay positive!
    Negativity does creep in, but not to the next shot.
    One day I’ll break triple digits! 😉
    Thanks for ALL you do!

  2. NameEvon says:

    This has worked for me!!! Usually the people I play with are always expecting me to win and that puts a great burden on me. Since taking the “underdog” attitude the pressure is gone and I’m more relaxed and usually finish first or second place. Thank you Craig!!!

    • Craig Sigl says:

      Evon, nice work in implementing the tool. Often, my students hear what I say and understand it…but they don’t make it reality. All the techniques in the world are useless if you don’t use them. Bravo!
      Greens and fairways,

      9 Lake Bellevue Dr. #214
      Bellevue WA 98005 USA

  3. steve says:

    thanks craig,
    I use the days before golf imagining what I want to achieve, and it often works.
    I am one who fiddles with the swing, and while I make changes which feel big, others say it all looks the same. but in my mind I make changes.
    I have been a single figure player all my time, not starting golf until I was 40.[now 66]My average has always been 5,6,or 7, but since having you as my guide I am now off 4 playing the best golf of my life.
    thank you.


    • Craig Sigl says:

      Steve!! This is so awesome and I am honored to be a part of your success!! Very cool. Thanks for writing. Sorry about the delay in response, it got lost in my email.
      Greens and fairways,

      9 Lake Bellevue Dr. #214
      Bellevue WA 98005 USA

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