Having blitzed the field in his opening round, questions were asked in the media tent and Rory responded that he’d been focusing on two words which he would divulge should he win the Claret Jug and the rest is record breaking history. The first European golfer to win three different major championships and thereby making the Masters the last must win to join the ranks of the very few who’ve won all four.
The trigger words
“Very simple,” Rory said upon divulging his mantra. “It's going to be a big letdown for everyone. It was "process" and "spot"
“That was it. With my long shots I just wanted to stick to my process and stick to making good decisions, making good swings. And then "spot" was for my putting. "I was just picking a spot on the green and trying to roll it over my spot, roll it over my spot every time. I wasn't thinking about holing it. If it went in, then great if it didn't, then I'd try it the next hole. So "process" and "spot", that's all I kept telling myself all week."
Goes with driver
“On the first hole of his final round, Rory McIlroy had the confidence to pull his Nike Covert 2.0 driver and take the bunkers out of play.”
That comes from Neil Tappin’s, “Rory McIlroy Masterclass: 5 Keys To Rory’s Open Win”
Neil notes that, “McIlroy averaged 328-yards off the tee at Hoylake, 45 yards longer than the average” Then adds, “The Northern Irishman has the guts to go for it while others are avoiding disaster offers a window into the positive mindset that was at the heart of his Hoylake success.
From streaky to simply focus on a spot
Rory has gained the reputation of being a streaky putter and perhaps because of simply focusing on a spot it worked like mantric magic.
Neil writes, “He [McIlroy] had the pace of the greens throughout the week and in those dying moments on Saturday afternoon when his lead went from a nose to a length, it was his putting that transformed his immense ball-striking into a cushion that was almost unassailable.”
Here’s the link to Neil
Quote of the Day
“Any two-word combination can help you improve various facets of your swing.”
- David Leadbetter on the use of swing mantras
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