If you watched the Masters this past week it was a case study of how Stored Feelings being evoked on the golf course can be disastrous. Rickie Fowler and Ernie Els were victims on their first hole of the tournament and were never able to recover to make the cut on Friday. There were others who succumbed to their nerves and did not live up to their normal performance levels.
The biggest victim was Jordan Spieth. His mini collapse on Saturday and then the major collapse on Sunday robbed his chances for a second back-to-back green jacket. You could tell he was crying as he walked up the 18th fairway, but the young man held his composure as the great gentleman he has become at only 22 years of age.
If you read my book, The Portal To Your Inner World and understand the role of Stored Feelings and how they effect you when evoked, then it is easy to understand what happened to Jordan. The evoking of a Stored Feeling which can happen under stress took him out of his game. Stored Feelings effect your body and cause it to tense up. It effects your thinking which pushes you to extreme thoughts and egocentric attitudes directly influencing your decision making.
At the end of Saturday’s round, Jordan goes bogy, double bogy and loses his lead margin. I thought then he was in trouble. His swing was off as reported from the beginning of the tournament, but I think that was an indication that his emotional state was unbalanced which has a physical effect, making his body tense.
On Sunday, at the turn he is 6 under par, but Holes 10 and 11 are bogies. Now he is way off balance emotionally adding to the stress. Hole 12 he admitted was a mistake trying to hit a cut into the flag. He knew not to try that shot from years past. The ball bounces off the slope and into Rae’s Creek.
Another bad choice, he decides not to use the drop zone and chunks the second shot into the water. The third shot is bladed over the green and into the sand trap. He gets up and in for a quadruple bogy. He birdies 13 and 15, but comes up short. He walks up 18 with tears in his eyes knowing he has no chance to win. And what a win it would be.
The most likely help he will receive will involve instructions and encouragement on how to control his emotions. But that’s like closing the barn door after the horses get out and locking it. Building a stronger barn door that keeps the horses in doesn’t address the real problem. The more pertinent question is “What’s going on inside the barn causing the horses to spook that makes them want to get out of the barn?” Actually you want the horses outside the barn, that where your strength lies. You just don’t want them spooked.
The “Portal” enables you to look inside the barn, identify the sources of what’s causing the spook (Stored Feelings with their extreme emotional reactions), and how to eliminate the Stored Feeling and its disruptive influences.
What I hope for Jordan is not that he becomes strong in controlling his emotions, but rather he has an opportunity to step through the portal that has certainly opened up to him. By all indications there is a significant Stored Feeling that was evoked and there will be time to address it and reintegrate it so that it will be eliminated. This young man has demonstrated potential like few people have done and my hope is he will be even greater than Tiger or Jack in his accomplishments on the course. That will be a heavy load and difficult task if he has to carry that Stored Feeling along the way. Sunday’s collapse didn’t create a Stored Feeling, it revealed an existing one.