Ian Poulter and the Ryder Cup

Today I want to talk a little bit about intentional confidence.  If you don’t understand what I mean by that, I will explain later, but for now, I want you to watch this short video clip of the Ryder Cup at Medinah.  In particular, notice the facial expressions of Ian Poulter.




Although Poulter didn’t hit the shot that he may have wanted, his fiery spirit in the Ryder Cup setting is something that we can all learn from.  Although I cheer for the Americans, I love watching Ian Poulter in the Ryder cup, because he ALWAYS finds his game during this special event.  

How does he do it?  

Well, I’d be lying if I said I knew the entire answer to that.  But I have noticed one thing about Poulter in the Ryder Cup:  

Intentional Confidence.

When I talk about “intentional confidence,” I am referring to the type of confidence that you create for yourself out of seemingly nothing. 

Have you ever heard someone tell you that smiling can increase your happiness, and frowning can decrease it?  If you haven’t, go ahead and read this article.

Just like smiling can make you happy, there is a facial expression in golf that we can use to boost confidence in pressure situations.  

I call it the “Poulter grin.” 

If you watched the video, you can clearly see his facial expression and how determined he looks.  I know not everyone feels comfortable doing this while playing golf, but it is something that you might want to experiment with.

Next time you play golf, I want you to put that snobby grin on your face before every putt.