How I Would Help Rory McIlroy Win The British Open

How I Would Help Rory McIlroy Win
The British Open

David Charlton

By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

  • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
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  • Manage your emotions better
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David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors.  In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

On Sunday June 16th at Pinehurst Golf Course in North Carolina, Rory McIlroy had a great opportunity to win the US Open and break his 10 year major trophy drought.  Sadly, it didn’t happen for him and two missed short putts on holes 16 and 18 in the final round cost him the win.   Bryson DeChambeau went on to be the victor.

In today’s episode I offer my thoughts as a sport psychologist on Rory’s misfortunate and share some ideas on how I would help him win the British Open at Royal Troon in one month’s time.

Key Learning Points:

  • When we’re under pressure it’s normal to feel uncomfortable.
  • Feeling uncomfortable can mean different things to different people, for some it means butterflies in the stomach and for others it means an overactive imagination.
  • Trying to get to the point of feeling confident is over-rated and unrealistic in some situations.
  • Helping Rory get comfortable being uncomfortable would be something that I would train.
  • Mindfulness is a skill that can be developed that can help athletes manage their arousal levels.
  • Pro-active visualisation, pre-empting difficult situations, shots and emotions at Royal Troon would be something that I would advise.

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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