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Forget big drives and a hot putter. Your greatest golf weapon? Your mind

Forget big drives and a hot putter. Your greatest golf weapon? Your mind

Illustration by Jesse Lenz Illustration by Jesse Lenz Can the man who helped Luke Donald reach No. 1 train three Average Joes to think like champs rather than chumps -- in one weekend? With the Blue Monster waiting to test their mental health, let the mind games begin. In November 2003, Luke Donald visited the suburban Chicago home of mental-game coach Jim Fannin, whom Donald was considering hiring. Donald, then 25, had recently finished a winless season, with only two top 10s. The world's 130th-ranked player slid into a leather chair facing Fannin, who had been coaching baseball star Alex Rodriguez, as well as several professional golfers. "In terms of golf, what do you want?" Fannin asked. "Top 50 in the world," Donald said. "Wow," Fannin replied. "Only top 50? Why not top 10? Or No. 1?" Donald confessed that he didn't know if he had the talent to reach such heights. "Yo...

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