Jordan Spieths win in the British Open was remarkable given he lead by 2, lost the lead shooting 4 over for the first 13 holes including nearly a total wipeout on the 13th hole.
It would have been very easy for him to think he wasn’t his day and just go through the motions the last few holes. But he was able to turn things around in the most dramatic fashion, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to shoot 5 under for the last 5 holes.
How did he manage such a remarkable turn around. To do this he would have needed to change his mindset, sounds simple but diffficult to do when you are 4 over for the day and no longer leading the British Open. I think we can see how he achieved it in 2 instances. When he hit it far right on 13 he took a long time to take a drop, one because I think he was trying to figure out the best line but also he was trying to re set. The re set occurred initially physiologically. The getting up and down the dunes changed his physiology which changed his mindset. Golfers haven’t traditionally done this but getting your heart rate up, doing star jumps or quick sprints will change your physiology and open a window to change your mindset. The second was when he holed the eagle putt on 15. He directed his caddie to get the ball out of the hole, another indicator or a mindset change, he felt he was on a roll and didn’t want to stop the momentum.
If you are having a bad day, it can be really difficult to turn it around. How do others achieve this?