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You have probably heard the word acceptance these last few weeks, most notably as Sergio Garcia’s secret weapon that he used to win the 2017 Masters and claim his first Major Championship.  Acceptance is one of those intangibles that truly separate players and it is one that is hard put into practice.  For those players lucky enough to have this so called “acceptance” it proves as a powerful tool to set them free and produce some great golf. 


If you have been a golf fan during the last 20 years you have been exposed to the talents of Sergio Garcia as well as to some disappointments along the way.  One cannot deny his superb shot making abilities, his unique swing and the passion with which he plays.  The passion he displays while playing the Ryder Cup is one that any coach would like to bottle and give to his players before every game, yet, Sergio himself couldn’t quite produce it when he himself needed it most.  He showed great promise early in his career and with that promise came high expectations from golf fans everywhere and off course the media.  Like him or not, Sergio has always worn his emotions on his sleeve.  Many times it’s what’s has gotten him in trouble and those of us who are fans of his game just kept hoping he would let his clubs do the talking.  He has grown up in front of the golfing world and it’s why probably his win at this year’s Masters was a victory almost everybody celebrated.  We felt his euphoria and were happy that Sergio finally got what he deserved.

I was very impressed with the level of maturity he displayed specifically as he approached his 2nd shot at the 13th.  If you pay close attention he didn’t knock himself down, he didn’t complain about where the ball ended up, he did not lose energy expressing negativity to the situation.  He calmly assessed it, took his drop and focused on trying to make 5.  I was surprised he didn’t display the type of emotions or self-deprecating comments he had once demonstrated (and all of us have at one point), he focused on the next shot, he focused forward.  This display of maturity, a true display of acceptance is what finally allowed him to truly give himself the best chance to win a Major.  Here is Garcia in his own words based on a Golf Digest article by Jaime Diaz, “some of the moments I’ve had here at Augusta that maybe I haven’t enjoyed as much and how stupid I really was trying to fight against something that you can’t fight. And how proud I was of accepting things. And this week, I’ve done that better than I ever had.” And regarding his Major less draught up until this year, “And kind of accepting, too, that if it for whatever reason it didn’t happen, my life is still going to go on. It’s not going to be a disaster.”  Sergio showed us that as golfers we need to continue to focus on the shot at hand, we hit it, find it, and hit it again.  If we allow ourselves to focus on the bad bounces and start to believe that we get more bad bounces that the other guys, we are only doing ourselves a disservice.  If you play golf long enough, the good and bad bounces will even themselves out, but we can always choose how we respond to each of those.  The more we focus on our attitude and we accept the outcome, the better the chances will be of playing well.Sergio’s acceptance allowed him to play with a calmness he had never experience before and it propelled him to hit quality shots under immense pressure.  The tip of the cap to Sergio for embodying such an important aspect of great golf and for showing us that we can all overcome our shortcomings and become great champions.



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