According to mental game coach Bob Rotella, golf is a game of confidence.
It can also be played with an inflated sense of self-worth that gives the impression of performance art.
The Miz plays golf in that manner.
The Miz, whose parents gave him the name Michael Gregory Mizanin, is a brazen-speaking monster with a long range kicker who doesn’t seem to mind that he frequently doesn’t know where his shots are going.
The other day, he explained over the phone from Lake Tahoe, where he had been practising his swing, “Sometimes it’s a slice, sometimes it’s a hook.” “But once I’m confined, the cameras are rolling, and there’s a crowd watching, my game will be unmatched. Among mortals, I will be an immortal.
To name just a few of the damned souls competing in this week’s American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Resort, those mortals include Patrick Mahomes, Justin Timberlake, Tony Romo, and Steph Curry. All great abilities, The Miz acknowledged. On his way to victory in his tournament debut, he still aims to turn them into roadkill.
The Miz predicted that there will be complete dominance.
You may remember The Miz from his previous appearance on The Real World: Back to New York, which debuted in 2001, depending on your familiarity with pop culture. Perhaps you saw him on Dancing with the Stars last year or remember him from the lead part in Santa’s Little Helper (2015), a sentimental movie about a corporate hatchet man who discovers the true meaning of the holiday season.
The Miz and his management would prefer that you think of him as a “entertainer” who is also an actor and a reality TV personality, but it is more probable that you are familiar with him because he is The Miz: a star of the squared circle and headliner on the WWE.
Oh, and a serious golfer who is addicted to the sport. He picked up the game while still a young boy growing up in Ohio, where he displayed a variety of talents, including dominating the paint on his high school basketball team, outpacing everyone in cross country, and kicking ass on the yearbook staff. He could also play golf with his ball. Young Michael Mizanin, however, put his clubs on hold so he could concentrate on his modest ambition of “becoming a global superstar.”
The Miz didn’t return to the sport until a few years later, when he had already achieved widespread popularity. He is now unable to get enough. If you watch the reality television programme Miz & Mrs., which features The Miz and his adventures with Maryse Ouellet, his wife and the manager of the WWE, you probably already know that as well. Maryse Ouellet seems to detest golf just as much as The Miz does.
They are Los Angeles residents. The Miz, however, had recently flown into Lake Tahoe for a sneak glimpse at the pine-lined Edgewood course that would serve as the venue for this week’s celebrity-studded event. A practise round of 18 holes that he had just finished sounded quite on-brand due to the wildness of the strokes and the upbeat spin The Miz gave them. Because he doesn’t keep an index, it was difficult to assess whether he had overcome his handicap. He had also not kept score.
When you loose as many balls as I do, The Miz stated, “That’s hard to do.”
No, he wasn’t concerned. The round was meaningless. He had gone into it with the intention of doing some reconnaissance and evaluating a new course.
I work out because I’m an athlete, The Miz remarked. Strategic planning is included in that training. I’m just now becoming aware of the field. I’m discovering where I need to go. Okay, I can’t be here, I tell myself. I must be there right away.
The back bunker on the par-3, lakeside 17th hole was one among the places where he ended himself that morning. The Miz appeared to be in trouble after airmailing the green “because I am so strong.” The Miz suddenly emerged from the sand, though, like a wrestler breaking free of a submission grip, saying “because that’s just what I do.”
He also plays with a left-handed swing that is much more attractive than the outcomes it yields. The Miz is renowned for using his signature move, the Skull-Crushing Finale, a devastating forward-facing body slam that resembles something Moe might do to Curly in a steroid fury, to finish off opponents in the ring. He primarily hits balls on the course, O.B.
But The Miz asserts that everything will change once the competition begins and the audience show up, creating the kind of electrifying environment in which he thrives. He adds that having more people nearby to assist him in finding his drives will be beneficial as well.
The Miz is not the first wrestler to make the transition from the mat in a competition crowded with athletes from other sports. Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a former wrestler who later became governor of Minnesota, participated in the American Century in 1999. He carded rounds of 113-123-112 to place 75th out of 76 competitors, ahead of Joe Morgan who withdrew, and 136 shots back of the winner, Rick Rhoden.
The Miz isn’t just promising to work harder. He is promising success. He is excited for the occasion and is ready for the scenario to change into a spectacle with spectators lining the fairways and excitement in the air. The Miz might face jeers. He is aware of that. He will heckle in return if that takes place. He’s accustomed to loudness. He swings without being distracted by conversation. He is hoping to hear unwavering support.
The Miz suggested phrases like “You are fantastic” or “We want Miz.”
His name is perfect for golf-related catchphrases.
You da Miz, you!
The Miz stated those also function.
People are free to chant whatever they wish, he concluded. “Because I’ll definitely give them something to chant about,” the speaker said.