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FROM OUR REPORTERS AT THE K CLUB, IRELAND

Magic man

  • Rob Hodgetts - BBC Sport golf writer
  • 21 Sep 06, 01:09 PM

K CLUB - Hot news, There's a special treat in store for us all later today.

Mind magician, conjurer and all-around psychic supremo Jamil Qureshi will be joining us LIVE on the blog about 1630 this afternoon.

Jamil, the mental coach for a host of top stars and a key cog in the European camp this week, will be answering your questions, so fire them in now, using the usual comment form below.

Remember, this is the man who earlier this week asked the Europeans each to draw a picture of Colin Montgomerie, and then correctly stated who had drawn what.

So get your questions and we'll chat to Jamil later on. (Mind you, if he's any good he'll already know what you're going to ask him!)

Comments   Post your comment

  • 1.
  • At 02:10 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Paul Turland wrote:

Hi Jamil , Glad to see those years of toil at Dorcan paid off and you are successful and well thought of.
My Question is how positive is David Howell on his game ahead of Friday and have you given him stick for going to Churchfields?

All the best mate.

  • 2.
  • At 02:17 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Scott wrote:

If you were to hit the opening tee shot tomorrow, what would be going through your mind as you stand over the ball?

  • 3.
  • At 02:18 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Donal Scott wrote:

Jamil,

I have two questions if thats ok? What do you think is the greatest distinction in mental attitude between those who are successful and those who fail on tour? and
How have you advised your players to approach an extreme mental test like the Ryder Cup?

  • 4.
  • At 02:22 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Pete wrote:

Hey Jamil,

Wondering your opinion on the colour of boxers the following RCuppers will be wearing come the first tee: a) Monty, b) Tiger, and c) Wetrich (sic) ?

  • 5.
  • At 02:36 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • H Mistry wrote:

Are you well rewarded for your services?, are you paid for each tournament you are with a player or is it on a monthly basis?

  • 6.
  • At 02:39 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Stableboy wrote:

Why don't you get him to draw a picture of your golf swing Rob? Or has not got enough imagination for that....

  • 7.
  • At 02:52 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Mat wrote:

Hey Jamil, i play off 3 aged 25, too old to be a pro anymore but what are your favourite putting tips to the pro's?

And can you give away any tips that you have used to help tour professionals recently with examples..Much appreciated and come on Europe!! hehe

  • 8.
  • At 02:57 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Richard wrote:

What sort of questions would you ask and how much information would you need about a player to make a guess at his or her handicap ?

  • 9.
  • At 03:03 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Wayne Lawrence wrote:

Hi Jamil,

As you can so brilliantly see into the future can you tell me what time to set my alarm for in order to see the first tee shot tomorrow?

Thanks! C'mon urup!

  • 10.
  • At 03:05 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • stephen wrote:

So what will the final score be then?

  • 11.
  • At 03:25 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Jon wrote:

Hi,

When you start to feel negative re a golf shot what can you do to change your view?

  • 12.
  • At 03:27 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Anthony Hanlon wrote:

Hi,
I predict tomorrows European foursomes as Donald&Casey, Monty&Howell,Clarke&Westwood,Harrington&Garcia, Stenson&Karlson.
How do you think these would standup.

  • 13.
  • At 03:47 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Simon wrote:

Hi,
How many times during the three days will some annoying person shout "GET IN THE HOLE ??".

  • 14.
  • At 03:52 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Simon B wrote:

Jamil

There was considerable speculation that during the late 80's early 90's that the Swedes were working/experimenting on producing a kind of self induced trance for "staying in the zone" during competition but had found it hard/draining to produce this on multiple days and at differing times of day (Mats Lanner & Joacim Haegmann - sp? were supposed exponents)
Their results were apparently very good, some very streaky amazing scores for 2 or even 3 rounds of a 72 holer, but couldn't sustain it for 4 rounds over 4 days.

Now I have noticed that in the majors Tiger seems to be in a vastly different mental and physical state than for a normal event, glassy eyed, staring face and often a "coldy" tone in his voice?

Are there such methods being used this week by the Swedes/Europeans (given short duration matches/event) and/or is their any "chat" that Tiger might use any such methods in Majors?

P.S. Wouldn't it be a nice legacy if Tiger had learnt such a skill from his dearly departed Dad?

  • 15.
  • At 03:52 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Chris Watters wrote:

When asked to draw a picture of Monty, did any of the players have the audacity to draw man-boobs on the great man?

  • 16.
  • At 04:08 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Matthew Nutting wrote:

Jamil

As some who suffers over chipping and pitching what advice can you give to clear the mind of negative thoughts.

What are some of the mental exercises you give the pro's. I pick Stenson to star and Europe to win by three points

All the best

  • 17.
  • At 04:33 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • rob wrote:

Hi Jamil ,

As a 7 handicap golfer my game is in free fall and i feel like the Willie Thorn of snooker ie good in practise, not so good on the course. The negative thoughts come mostly in the putting especially from inside four feet. How can i feel like i do in practise?

  • 18.
  • At 04:39 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Eric wrote:

Jamil,

Which european nations have psychology well ingrained in their development structures for players?

Thanks.

  • 19.
  • At 04:49 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Don Wilson wrote:

Hi Jamil
My handicap is 10 but I have been told that I have a 5 handicap for my long game but an 18 handicap for my short game(with the exception of my putting which is good) the reason is that I have developed a yip on my chips and short pitches and this can cost me up to 5 shots per round. Do you think the yips are cureable and if so how should I go about it?

  • 20.
  • At 04:55 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • mark leigh wrote:

Jami

When did you realise you had this amazing and unique talent? (The one of totally pulling the wool over peoples eyes I mean).

Mark

  • 21.
  • At 05:07 PM on 21 Sep 2006,
  • Stevie D wrote:

Many of us find it difficult to stop a destructive train of thought when playing badly. What techniquess could you recommend to change this mid-round?

  • 22.
  • At 01:26 AM on 22 Sep 2006,
  • Matt wrote:

Not pickin donald stenson and howell seems like a mistake to me. Anyone who remembers the likes of price beatin mickelson should realise all this talk of Europe walkin it is rubbish its all about momentum and europe should of sent best players out first!

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