What Scottie Scheffler’s Recent Arrest Can Teach Us About Emotional Mastery

Published on May 30, 2024

Two weeks ago, the number one golfer in the world was racing to the golf course for the second round of the PGA Championship. He was about to tee off, and all of a sudden, he ran into traffic in the dark, early hours of the morning. He needed to get there to warm up.

So, he ignored the traffic commands that the police officers gave and ran around to get into the parking lot. He was immediately arrested after one officer felt that he was being dragged by the number one golfer in the world.

After he was booked, he was in his cell. He had a choice to make: What do I do now? He could let his emotions get the best of him, or he could control them and do what he would have done at the golf course to get ready for his round.

So what he did was the latter. He started to stretch to limber up so that he was ready for his golf shots. Then, he did the mental approach. He knew his heart rate was racing too fast for him to be at his optimal best, so he did what most championship players do: He lowered his heart rate. Then he got released, and he went out and played.

Unfortunately, he didn’t do too well in the round. But he did what he had to do in that cell, so at least he could compete and finish the round. Now, of course, he could have maybe controlled his emotions better when he was listening to the officer’s commands, so he wouldn’t have gotten into this mess to begin with.

But the question is this: When things don’t go the way you expect them to, do you let your emotions get the best of you, or do you control them so that you can do what’s necessary to prepare for the next part?

P.S. Authorities announced this week that all charges against Scottie Scheffler have been dropped.

P.P.S. What are your strategies on maintaining control in high-pressure moments? Please share in comments, so we all can learn from it.

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