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Taking moments of gratitude for the simple things in life, like freedom and shelter can bring joy on a daily basis. Celebrating these things and taking a quiet moment to realize your life has purpose can give you joy. Transcript: "How do moments of joy punctuate your life in a daily basis? I think it's really easy to get worn down by the world and the day-to-day grind. Everything we have going on in the world right now can be quite stressful. I think taking note of the simple things in life, the things that we take for granted, shelter, cover, the ability to work, certainly freedom if you live in a free country, to come and go as you please, create your own destiny. I think celebrating those things, taking moments of gratitude either through meditation or just taking a quiet still moment to look around and realize that your life has purpose and you really have the ability to dictate that. That should bring you joy and that you don't have to worry about anybody else telling you what or how to do it. You don't really owe anybody anything other than being able to put your head on your pillow at night and be able to sleep. That should give you great joy. Hope that helps."
Yes, I have forgotten that the cameras are there when playing. When I'm in my routine and competing, I don't notice them unless they get in the way. Transcript: "Have I ever forgotten the cameras are there? And the answer is yeah. Yeah, when you first start playing you're kind of aware that they are there, but at the end of the day once you get into your thing, your routine, you're competing, you really don't see them unless you either bump into them or they get in the way. More often than not, if you're aware that the cameras are there, you're probably not present at the task you're trying to accomplish. So yeah, I forget they're there. You really kind of don't even see them."
Yes, I think it's important for an athlete to maintain a good public image, but it should also match who they are in real life. Transcript: "How important do I think an important athlete's public image is? Well, I live in a world where I get to see guys and women off camera, and you get to see who they really are. I really like it when the off camera matches the on camera, whether it's good, bad, or indifferent. I've had a lot of people disappointed by people they think are great people with their public image, and then one-on-one they're not so great. So for me, I would encourage the athletes that I coach, when I was an athlete, I always tried to be the same person on the golf course and off the golf course. It's really not that hard to be nice for 30-second sound bites to people who are paying to see you play or compete. Yes, I do think it's important, but important that it matches who they are in real life, good, bad, or indifferent."
To loosen up without going onto the ground, use a vibration gun on your lower lumbar and thoracic spine, do deep tissue massage, slow bend-overs, minor rotations, and grab onto one of the arms of a golf cart to create stretch and tension. Transcript: "Hey Gina, great question. How can I loosen up without going onto the ground? Well, one is vibration gun. You can put that on your lower lumbar or just above your sacrum. You can also use that on your medial part of your back, your thoracic spine, perispinalis and the rector spinae, scapula. Do a deep tissue massage there and then some slow bend-overs, almost like you're doing a deadlift. Just don't keep your legs locked. Minor rotations. Sometimes it is necessary to go to the ground, maybe do some cat-cows or roll over on a stability ball to kind of get some traction in that spine. But you can also use your golf cart. Grab onto one of the arms and just kind of grab and do and try to lengthen, create stretch and tension, release some of the tension in there. But that's always helpful. I have found."
Yes, I see myself coaching in golf until my last breath because I love the game and it keeps me close. Transcript: "As an athlete, do you see yourself coaching at some point or in some capacity or staying involved with your sport? Well, I played for 10 to 12 years, last two years was sporadic. I was always coaching then, and I'm still coaching now. Now I'm actually taking what I've learned and experience and in the gym and applying those two. It's kind of a unique situation in golf. So yeah, and I love the game, it keeps me close. So I definitely, until I take my last breath, see myself coaching in some capacity in the sport I love, which is golf. It's a fun thing to do."
When playing Links Golf, expect Four Seasons in one day, and bring a variety of clothing. It's important to trust your caddy and to aim at places that don't look familiar. Bring rain gear, sweaters, shorts, pants, socks, hand warmers, and a great attitude! Transcript: "I'm getting ready for a trip to Scotland. What do I need to know about Lynx golf? Well, Lynx golf is a golf course played near the ocean that links the ocean to the dry land and on the sand. So my experience in Lynx golf is limited. I've played in Ireland and Scotland and I would tell you to bring a little bit of everything. Expect four seasons in one day. The weather can change here very quickly. Last year I was playing in northern Scotland at a course called Royal Dornoch and it rained. It was cold. It was hot. It rained again and the wind blew. So there's a little bit of everything. I would also learn how to trust your caddy. Caddies know the golf course. Lynx golf, you're going to do a lot of aiming at places that don't look familiar or don't look like the right place to hit. But there's a lot of quirky bounces that can occur and send the ball into places you don't want them to go. Don't try to hit it out of the course either. That's the nasty stuff. So that's what I could share with you about Lynx golf. It's a beautiful experience. You're going to have a great time. Make sure you've got great rain gear, a couple sweaters, a couple pair of shorts, a couple pair of pants, lots of socks, some hand warmers and a great attitude. Hope you have fun. Play great in Scotland or Ireland or England."