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...]

Life and even golf lessons from the founder of the Blue Jays

Simon Sinek, who wrote the influential book Start With Why, probably doesn't know Don McDougall, but I'll bet the author would say the founder of the Toronto Blue Jays has always had a clear sense of 'why. 'Picture: Trot Magazine/Brian Acton We broke a 100. Howard Glassman and I recorded our 100th episode of Swing Thoughts last week. It’s quite a milestone for us or any podcast.  Doing the podcast has given us an opportunity to talk … [Read more...]

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...]

Hey Tiger! You’ve lost a step but you’ll win again

Hey Tiger, I hope you’re feeling better. I know it sucks after coming so close to winning the Open Championship. Well, I kinda know what you might be feeling. Sorta anyway. At least, the part that you might be feeling about being 42 and getting older, and not being able to do what you used to do with such ease. I feel somewhat empowered to write you given how long I’ve watched you—hey, I was there in 1997 when you won that first green … [Read more...]

How to turn accountability from a negative nag into an paragon of positivity

Yes, a hard question to start: Do you hold yourself accountable? Do you follow through and do the things that you say you are going to do? (Squirming yet?) Or, do you think about, say, going to the gym, but find that over and over again, that you don’t go? Do things seem to get in the way—like a bad night’s sleep, an argument with your partner, an obligation—and you talk yourself out of going? Similarly, how often do you formulate a … [Read more...]