So – Did Rory McIlroy use mindfulness to become the Open Golf Champion? We know that mindfulness principles are now used in every field and situation from classroom to boardroom to help increase powers of concentration and boost performance. More and more top-level sportsmen are also becoming practitioners of this simple and effective technique in the never-ending quest to develop that vital edge.
But did Rory McIlroy use mindfulness to become the Open Golf Champion? He certainly hasn’t said so openly yet, so this can only be speculation at best, but take a look at the language he uses in this piece from the Guardian* on Saturday 19th July, the day before he wins one of the biggest prizes in Golf:
“I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it. And that’s why you can’t let yourself think forward. You can’t let yourself think about winning or whatever it is. You’ve just got to completely stay in the moment and stay in the present – and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.”
“Staying in the moment” and “staying present” are the fundamental principles of a mindful approach, and if this sounds complicated, then mindulness is exactly what you need to experience!