Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey sits on a 3 shot lead going in to the third round at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. Gainey is known for his unorthodox swing mechanics where he uses a 10 finger baseball grip and jerky follow through motion. He’s also known for wearing golf gloves on both hands at all times, even while putting. Lets face it, some of the things that Gainey does is just different, weird and down right ugly. But if you look deeper than just the surface you can gain a lot from “Two Gloves” and became a much better competitor.
First of all, take a good look at his grit and determination. It hasn’t been an easy road getting to the PGA Tour for Tommy Gainey. Prior to becoming a professional golfer, he worked on an assembly line in South Carolina, wrapping insulation around hot water heaters. Gainey turned professional in 1998 and for 10 years he played mini tours, worked hard and never gave up on his dreams. He finally made it on tour in 2008.
But the struggles didn’t stop there. He lost his PGA Tour card after 2 years and played on the Nationwide Tour in 2010. That year on the Nationwide Tour he won two events and finished fourth on the money list to regain his PGA Tour card proving to himself that all the hard work was well worth it.
The second quality that stands out with Gainey is his ability to not care about what people think when it comes to himself or his game. This is an extremely important characteristic to posses for upcoming golfers. Many players worry too much about if their swing is perfect or looks a certain way. They also concern themselves too much about how they look if a mistake is made during competition. The sooner a golfer can say “who cares” when it comes to what others think they will be able to make tremendous strides in their game.
Here’s a news flash! There is no one way to swing a club. Oh yeah… and everyone makes mistakes. No one golfer is immune to that, trust me. Not caring about how others perceive you will allow you to be a lot more comfortable in your own skin. This will lead to much higher levels of confidence. With higher confidence comes a dominant mentality that will produce a great deal of success!
Sports Psychology/Mental Training from Mental Apex