Create your own anthemic moment

Ezine No. 6—One of the greatest pieces of music from the 20th Century is one of the noisiest, most controversial and least understood—a combination of ugliness and beauty, and one of the most powerful portrayals of a culture ever captured sonically. And learning about it can help you stick an iron shot tight to the flag on the final hole of a tournament and make the slippery four-foot downhill putt. It’s a circuitous route but I believe … [Read more...]

How Lou Reed taught me to play better golf

Ezine #4—I had the coolest job in the world. In my world, at least. In 1986, I was the music critic for the Canadian Press news agency in Toronto. I was paid to listen to albums, go to concerts and interview rock stars, and write about it all. Among the folks I interviewed one-on-one were David Bowie, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel and Joe Strummer. Usually, I was pretty cool about meeting these people, but every once in a while I’d get … [Read more...]

A blog about judgment; I hope you approve

Ezine #3—When my boys were in high school, I often suggested they join various clubs and participate in social activities beyond sports. Apparently, however, engaging in such things would be “uncool.” Of course, I translated uncool to mean, “I’d love to act on your great wisdom dear father, but I’m terribly afraid of being judged by my mean-spirited peers.” You don’t have to be a teenager to be concerned about what people think about you. … [Read more...]

How I learned to stop trying and became a better podcaster

Watch Howard and I present what we're calling Swing Thoughts Live at the Toronto Golf Show on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. It will be fun! Click here for details Newsletter #3, February 23, 2017—I have been doing a podcast called Swing Thoughts for more than a year now with Howard Glassman—aka Humble Howard—but it’s only in the last few months that I finally feel like I can play without choking my guts out. We’ve done 38 … [Read more...]

Don’t think over the ball—especially about shanks or white elephants

Newsletter #2, February 15, 2017—For all of you who are thinking about how to stop thinking over the ball, here is what you’re looking for. And Arnold Palmer did this so you know that it works. Here goes: Don’t think while you hit the ball. This was the advice in this column by coach Greg Liberto. There's some great stuff in there. Thinking ruins more golf games than poor swing plane ever will. But it got me thinking that stopping … [Read more...]