For many sports, it’s championship season. After all the long hours of practice, grinding lifts, tough conditioning, and extra reps, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Unfortunately, so often we see teams crumble in these moments. We let the moment, “the big game,” become bigger than the actual task. When we can trust in the preparation we’ve put in and focus on the task, we are able to execute in “the big moments.”
Brooks Koepka recently won back-to-back PGA Championships and caused quite a stir with his outlook on majors. Controversially, he was quoted saying, “I think sometimes the majors are the easiest ones to win.” To his point though, he was speaking to what we just mentioned. Often in major tour events, competitors let the moment of a major become bigger than the task of simply putting together another four rounds of golf. Majors are “easier” to win for Koepka, because unlike some of his competitors, he focuses on the task instead. He said, “I think you keep doing what you’re supposed to do, you play good, you peak at the right times.” Koepka has trusted in this process, peaking in key tournaments, and it has paid off. He’s won more major events than non-majors, has finished outside of the top 21 only once in the past 15 major events, and has five top-10 finishes in addition to his four major wins.
So how can you apply this same concept to your own sport experience? What key moments are you training to peak for? More importantly, what are the specific tasks you want to execute in these peak moments? When you focus on the task at hand you can let go of “the championship moment.” You free yourself up because your body has trained for this moment, and now you can simply trust in the task.