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Realizing what’s important helps Rory break through

When he knocked in his last putt to close the deal on the PLAYERS Championship on Sunday—mercifully killing off the dominant story of 2019—Rory McIlroy showed little emotion. He didn’t exult or act like he’d got a monkey off his back by finally winning after so many close calls that had the chattering classes of golf wondering if the four-time major champion had lost his ability to win when in contention. Going back to last year, McIlroy … [Read More...]

What kind of golfer do you want to be in 2019?

With apologies to Dale Carnegie, do you want to win friends and influence people on the golf course this year? Of course, you do. No one wants to be a jerk—self-absorbed, petulant and pouting (‘Oops, did you say something?’), dis-interested and disconnected (‘I didn’t see it’), fulminating at the golf gods (‘Wow! Another three-putt!’), or a blamer (‘I can’t putt on greens this slow!’). No. You want people to want to play golf with … [Read More...]

Tired of failing to realize your resolutions? Create your mission first 

I’ll bet your goals for a new golf season have been similar to mine throughout the years. Typically, I went into each new season seeking to practice more, which would—I hope—lower my handicap, cut down on three-putts, and increase my fairways-hit stat. How have you done with those goals? Hmm, generally not so great, eh? Me neither. But for the last few years, I’ve done something a little differently … and I invite you to give it a … [Read More...]

Cut your story short before it becomes a drama 

When it was all over, he couldn’t believe the agony that he put himself through. In need of a new swing coach, the college golfer contacted a well-known instructor. The instructor asked for his tournament resume, bio and some swing videos, and promised to get back to him quickly. The player, a client of mine on a U.S. scholarship, emailed the information without delay. As the days ticked by without a reply, the young man’s mind began … [Read More...]

Why your storytelling leads to the ‘spiral vortex of death’ and more missed putts

As he rushed past me at a university golf tournament this fall, the wide-eyed young player exclaimed, "I've missed five putts within 10 feet. I can’t putt!” He was telling himself one hell of a story. As a coach of a university golf team (Guelph), I hear plenty of stories from anguished players who don’t want to let their teammates down. ‘I can’t close a good round; I’m such a choker.’ ‘I can't get a break.' In other coaching, I also … [Read More...]

Ben Kern convinced me golf could be fun. Wow! Who knew?

Trend speak drives me crazy. No one tells stories anymore. Now everything is a ‘narrative.’ Rather than delve into an issue, we ‘unpack’ it. Ugh. Another trendy word is ‘disruptor,’ which is generally trotted out these days to describe intrepid entrepreneurs who swoop down like super heroes and carry us to enlightened consumer nirvana. Actually, I like disruptor, although a substitute could be shit-disturber. Sometimes it’s dangerous to … [Read More...]

Sharing my stories of Moe with Karl Morris on his Brain Booster podcast

What a great experience: I was interviewed by Karl Morris, Europe’s top performance coach, about my book—The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story—and my memories of Moe for his Brain Booster podcast. Click hear to listen. It was fun to plunge into how Moe became the best ball-striker of all time, and what we can learn from him in developing our own games, especially with Karl who shares a fascination with Moe. It was also a thrill … [Read More...]

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