Young Bry­den’s jour­ney to the US Mas­ters

Inside Golf - - Inside Your Mind - Jamie Glazier

This year, one of Australia’s most promis­ing up-and­com­ing golfers, Bry­den Macpher­son, will be liv­ing ev­ery golfer’s dream as he tees off at Au­gusta Na­tional for the US Mas­ters. In this con­tin­u­ing se­ries, we’ll fol­low Bry­den’s prepa­ra­tion and progress for the event, as shared by men­tal game ex­pert Jamie Glazier.

AP­PROX­I­MATELY 7 years ago, I got a call from a young 14-yearold golfer want­ing to come and see me for some men­tal game train­ing. Lit­tle did I know the jour­ney that we were both about to go on would even­tu­ally lead us to the fa­mous grounds of Au­gusta Na­tional and the US Mas­ters.

In July of 2011, Bry­den Macpher­son won the Bri­tish Ama­teur, one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious ama­teur golf tour­na­ments. With that vic­tory, he re­ceived an in­vite into the 2011 Bri­tish Open and 2012 US Mas­ters. Bry­den went on to play the Bri­tish Open and was paired with Padraig Har­ring­ton and Matt Kuchar— both of whom Bry­den outscored in the first round, though he even­tu­ally missed the cut by one shot.

Af­ter the dust set­tled on Bry­den’s Bri­tish Ama­teur vic­tory and his Bri­tish Open ex­pe­ri­ence, we be­gan to make plans for pre­par­ing both him­self and his game for 2012 and the great­est golf tour­na­ment in the world, the US Mas­ters.

Bry­den would spend the Aus­tralian sum­mer play­ing in events such as the Aus­tralian Open, Aus­tralian PGA and the Aus­tralian Mas­ters— all of which would give us a great idea of where his game cur­rently is and what as­pects we need to fo­cus on fine-tun­ing to pre­pare for our as­sault on 2012. Spend­ing our first week to­gether in ap­prox­i­mately 6 months at the Aus­tralian Open gave us some re­ally good clar­ity on what we needed to fo­cus on as Bry­den played some re­ally solid golf in round 1, be­fore putting a lit­tle too much pres­sure on him­self in the 2nd round to miss the cut.

The fol­low­ing week came the Aus­tralian PGA at Coolum where I cad­died for Bry­den to not only get an in­side look at how he would act and re­act to sit­u­a­tions dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion but to also – and more im­por­tantly—take a close look at his lan­guage pat­terns dur­ing tour­na­ments.

Un­for­tu­nately he missed an­other cut and this time he didn’t take it so well. Miss­ing cuts as a golfer are never much fun, let alone a string of them, so Bry­den was un­der­stand­ably dis­ap­pointed at this stage. We spent a few hours on the range on Satur­day fine-tun­ing his post-shot rou­tine, which is the process 5-7 sec­onds af­ter he hits his shots. This stage of a golfer’s per­for­mance is cru­cial in be­ing able to process the re­sult and per­for­mance of that shot in an em­pow­er­ing way and Bry­den could see he needed a lit­tle re­fin­ing in this stage.

Bry­den headed off back to the US for a few weeks be­fore fly­ing back for the Aus­tralian Mas­ters at Vic­to­ria GC — where I again would be cad­dy­ing for him the whole week. I sent him off with his list of home­work and ex­er­cises to fo­cus on in prepa­ra­tion for the Aus­tralian Mas­ters.

The week be­gan with both of us in good spir­its and we en­joyed a prac­tice round with an­other client of mine, Steve Jones, where there was some good ban­ter and fun had by all, but Bry­den

could feel there were a few things not quite right with his swing.

A quick look by his swing coach, Denis Mc­dade, on Tues­day af­ter­noon turned out to be more of a mini over­haul, which we never want to do in a tour­na­ment week, but we all felt that we could im­ple­ment the tech­ni­cal changes into his rou­tines.

We found out later that day that we would be paired with Jonesy for the first 2 rounds, which would be great for me as I could see up close my clients in tour­na­ment con­di­tions, but also help each other re­lax and have fun in those first 2 days.

Bry­den played quite solidly the first round and we felt the work we had been do­ing on his post-shot rou­tine was go­ing re­ally well—if we could just get his swing to in­grain the changes Denis made at a com­fort­able level, who knows how low he could go.

Day 2 was re­ally solid, with his swing feel­ing more com­fort­able. Bry­den found him­self un­der par for the tour­na­ment, be­fore fin­ish­ing at +2 and mak­ing the cut on the num­ber. There were some re­ally en­cour­ag­ing signs from both a tech­ni­cal and men­tal point of view from the past 2 days and I could see on Bry­den’s face that he was pretty happy to make a cut. More im­por­tantly, he could re­ally feel he was work­ing on some things in his game that he knew would help his game dra­mat­i­cally in the near fu­ture.

So into the week­end we went and Day 3 was a tough day with noth­ing re­ally go­ing our way but we were still ex­cited about what Sun­day could bring. Bry­den felt pretty re­laxed go­ing into Round 4 and the con­di­tions were the tough­est they had been all week, with a pretty strong wind whip­ping across the course.

All the hard work and fo­cus for the week be­gan to pay off on Sun­day with Bry­den play­ing some great golf and shoot­ing equal 2nd best score for the day with a -4 67. That was a great way to fin­ish off 2011 and head into the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod with a sense of be­long­ing in­side the ropes with the pros.

The week of hav­ing me on the bag must have been a good thing for Bry­den, as he has asked me to cad­die for him at Au­gusta, which I am ex­tremely ex­cited about, to say the least.

The next phase of our prepa­ra­tion for Au­gusta is the Aus­tralian Ama­teur in Melbourne where I will also cad­die for him to fine- tune our part­ner­ship. Bry­den re­ally wants to win the Aus­tralian Ama­teur so we will be com­pletely fo­cused and driven to bring our “A” games that week and see what we can come up with, but so far our jour­ney to the US Mas­ters is most def­i­nitely on track.

Ed­i­tor’s note: we will con­tinue to re­port on Bry­den’s progress lead­ing up to the US Mas­ters. Fol­low the story each month in In­side Golf !

Sport­ing the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia Bull­dog colours and logo, Macpher­son will be re­turn­ing to Au­gusta to con­test the US Mas­ters

Bry­den Macpher­son with men­tal game coach Jamie Glazier as his cad­die at the Jbwere Mas­ters

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