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SportsHughes using mental adjustment to rebound from sophomore slump

19:11  02 april  2019
19:11  02 april  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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The sophomore slump is one of the most common and problematic hurdles that a high school student faces. It is also entirely avoidable and fixable. If you find yourself having to rebound from a sophomore slump , what may first seem like an impossible position can become more manageable

A sophomore slump or sophomore jinx or sophomore jitters refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore , effort fails to live up to the relatively high standards of the first effort. It is commonly used to refer to the apathy of students (second year of high school, college or university)

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Mackenzie Hughes burst onto the scene when he won the 2016 RSM Classic in his fifth PGA Tour start as a rookie. However, like many second-year players, he struggled to replicate that early success.

"Last year was not my best, especially coming off a really strong rookie campaign," Hughes told theScore on Monday. "People have that sophomore slump so hopefully that was mine and I can get it rolling now in my third year."

He's certainly been rolling this season.

The Canadian fired back-to-back 66s this past weekend at Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championships en route to a runner-up finish, the best result since his victory as a rookie. With a top-15 at the Valspar Championship the week prior, Hughes has turned in two straight impressive performances while climbing nearly 100 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to No. 90.

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Dak Prescott fell into the dreaded slump in year two. At the beginning of the Dallas Cowboys 2017 season, the biggest question outside of will running back Ezekiel Elliott play a full 16-games was: Would quarterback Dak Prescott be able to avoid a sophomore slump ?

In a few words, the sophomore slump can be summed up as the let down felt by sophomores after Freshmen year in college is met with a lot of changes and adjustments to a new lifestyle. Even in the change over from sophomore to junior year, I’ve noticed many of the same issues still exist.

Surprisingly, his recent success isn't tied to Hughes' swing. Instead, he's made a simple tweak to his on-course mindset.

"It's really been more of a mental adjustment than anything physical," Hughes said. "I really wasn't playing that poorly leading up to Valspar. I had missed four cuts in a row but my game wasn't really the issue. It was more the way I was thinking on the golf course."

The same positive mindset looks to be helping the 28-year-old cope with a bogey on his final hole last week, causing him to come one shot short of a playoff with Puntacana winner Graeme McDowell.

"There's certainly disappointment but I did 99 percent amazing stuff this week and can't look at (the final hole) and go 'I want to get that bogey back.' There were many shots leading up to that where I could have saved a shot. I wasn't the only guy to make bogey (on 18)."

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In the United States, a sophomore (/ˈsɑːfmɔːr/ or /ˈsɒfəmɔːr/) is a student in the second year of study at high school or college. The 10th grade is the second year of a student's high school period (usually aged 15–16) and is referred to as sophomore year.

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Even with four missed cuts leading up to his string of quality outings, the revamped Hughes was able to remain confident thanks to his third round at the Farmers Insurance Open playing alongside Tiger Woods.

"The Saturday I played with Tiger, I was 5-under through nine and ended up shooting 2-under," he said. "I knew my game was right there, especially when you can do it on that stage with (Tiger)."

As for a repeat performance next year in the Dominican Republic, Hughes hopes there won't be one. His eyes are set on the WGC-Match Play.

"That will be a goal for next year - to not be in the Dominican but to be in Austin."

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Hughes, Kakko finish atop Central Scouting's final draft rankings.
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