The longer Michelle Wie goes without winning, the more used to it she’s getting. I don’t care how good she is or how good she believes she is, constantly experiencing a lack of success is having a negative influence on her efforts to be the superstar she is capable of.
Competing in mens tournaments in the vain attempt at “making the cut” (big deal if she does, what does it prove?) is a misplaced focus in my view. As a peak performance coach I encourage the experience of winning to become a habit. Not simply going out there and playing golf with a misguided goal.
Sure, she might do well in a mens event eventually, but why not dominate on the womens tour first? It makes sense, in mental game terms, to create as many on-course victories as possible. Then she can build on these experiences. The feelings associated with winning intensify the desire for more wins. Now this is a win-win approach to winning!
With such obvious talent she would be best served by placing her attention on small victories. While making the cut on a mens tour event might be her “confidence-building goal,” the continued disappointment from not reaching the goal actually builds on the experience of losing. Of not reaching her goal.
What’s worse is these feelings slip into the unconscious and habituate. And then show themselves when we least want them: right when we have a chance to win. Then the inner demons will dance in her head and derail the very victories she seeks.
To pursue goals that are beyond ourselves is great. Stretching ourselves is beneficial. Yet when the pursuit of that goal continually chips away at the confidence of a young, incredibly talented girl, the impact of this is undermining her very efforts at being the best player she can be.