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In your zeal to improve, don’t forget the objective

Last week, I finally discovered the brilliance of Canadian comic Norm Macdonald. (In my defense, my kids were babies during his mid-90s stint on Saturday Night Live when he became a phenom. And I don't stay up much past 9:30.) In watching a YouTube clip of Macdonald talking about Tiger Woods, I thought it was cool that he was a golf fan. Then, I became aware that he was saying ‘you know’ over and over.  Of course, no one in … [Read More...]

From zero to full in 40 seconds, and other strange tales from the 2020 golf season

During a busy 2020 golf season, two golfers enjoy a tranquil, late afternoon round at Cherry Hillls Golf Club near Pickering, Ontario. Just how busy were golf courses in 2020? Early one morning at the beginning of the season, Stephen Jardeleza positioned himself in front of his computer at GreyHawk Golf Club. On his screen was a blank tee sheet for the Ottawa club where he is the Director of Operations. In a few minutes, the computerized … [Read More...]

Want to break through in 2021? Run toward what scares you

In this blog, I write about how Hayley Kellett, co-owner of the Making Box comedy club in Guelph, created an environment that allowed me to have some of the most fun I've ever had, and break through one of my greatest fears. Check out their online improv program, accessible anywhere. In other news, I have just released my Obedience Training For Your Brain e-book, a companion to my … [Read More...]

The hardest kind of practice

Since the U.S. election, I have been practicing acceptance. I practice many things—such as learning songs to play with my band or certain golf shots. Practicing these is not work. Mostly, I enjoy practicing whatever I'm practicing. I just keep at, and eventually, I get it--or close enough. But practicing acceptance is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I don’t know that I’ll ever get it. For now, I’ll have to stumble along, … [Read More...]

A Masters full of sweet endings

Yesterday's Masters was full of sweet endings. Once Dustin Johnson hit over the water on 15, the Masters was largely over, and DJ finished the job with the stoicism and chill that we have all associated with him. I loved the hugs and tears with his brother and Paulina, but to me, the best part was his interview with Amanda Balionis. Sure, DJ may have felt a sense of validation after his other major heartbreaks, but when Balionis … [Read More...]

How I revisited a sad golf memory and created a new—and better—one

My late father Dennis and I enjoying a happy golf moment. Years earlier, we shared a not-so-swell golf memory at the Early Bird tourney. It started with an email from a fellow university golf coach. Jim Waite, long-time coach of the Western University men’s team, sent me a note about the upcoming Early Bird golf tournament, and asked if I’d send it along to my University of Guelph men’s team. Then, I thought, ‘Why don’t I enter?’ A lot of my … [Read More...]

Sometimes the best plan is to have no plan

Sometimes the best plan is to have no plan Like most club golfers, the greatest annual test of my golf is the club championship. In the Club C, it’s always fascinating to see how well I can incorporate the coaching and performance fundamentals that I provide to my clients. I want to empower my clients, but I want to play well too! If a coach doesn’t admit this to you, he or she is lying. I was in the A Flight this year. I had a frustrating … [Read More...]

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