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56 minutes ago, Shilgy said:

I’d call it mentally trying too hard….not giving up.  Same ugly at the worst times results but opposite reasoning.

Yep. Also true. The wording I don’t think matters as much. I detest the Choke word. But I do get why some use it.  It’s trying too hard on the wrong thing. In my opinion. Trying too hard to grind out mechanics.  

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7 minutes ago, bladehunter said:

Yep. Also true. The wording I don’t think matters as much. I detest the Choke word. But I do get why some use it.  It’s trying too hard on the wrong thing. In my opinion. Trying too hard to grind out mechanics.  

 

I like Rotella's definition of choking:  letting an outside influence impact your mental state.  Walking across a balance beam on the ground is no problem for most people.  Put it 40 feet in the air with no net, and now everyone is freaking out, even though it is essentially the same thing you are being asked to do.  Same as Thompson's putts.  It's still "just" a 5 footer.  But when you think what is riding on the putt, you handle it differently.

 

 

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On 6/29/2022 at 10:48 AM, EagleAteBirdie said:

Suggesting Lexi "needs mental help" implies she is mentally impaired and I very much doubt that is the case or she wouldn't be where she is now.  I expect she is mentally stronger than most of us when it comes to performing at the highest level in sport.

 

Could she benefit from expert coaching that helps further improve mental performance for elite athletes that perform under extremely stressful conditions?  Possibly, yes. 

 

It's the context.  How many times have you heard a baseball announcer talking about the scrappy, no-talent, got by on hard work infielder?  Among the 700 or so major league players, he can seem as though he has no talent.  But that guy was very likely the most talented player in his town growing up(unless he was in a hotbed, but even there he was top tier), and the only people who think he has no talent are people who have only ever seen him on a big league ballfield.

 

Same with Thompson.  She may very well have better mental toughness than the rest of us, but among those who compete for major championships(which is where she puts herself), she has something that just doesn't allow her to perform at her best in certain situations.  It's difficult, because you need to play very well to be in position to choke like that as often as she has, but you also give people reasons to think you should be doing better.   

 

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Following this thread with interest. Has their been anything on Lexi changing or adding any coaches. I like her. I had previously mentioned that a meeting with Brad Faxxon would be welcomed. Perhaps a fresher look at everything. 
Any stories on any steps she’s taking in the future. 

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23 minutes ago, woodriff said:

Following this thread with interest. Has their been anything on Lexi changing or adding any coaches. I like her. I had previously mentioned that a meeting with Brad Faxxon would be welcomed. Perhaps a fresher look at everything. 
Any stories on any steps she’s taking in the future. 

 

She has been working with Martin Hall for much of the past 18 months.  

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