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...]

The secret to making a swing change revealed—ignore your whiny ego

The secret to making a swing change revealed—ignore your whiny ego Hey, we're not grizzled veterans, just veteran ... coaches. Mike Martz (left) has helped me get my game back on track--and to stay with the process when I struggled."That shot had character,” Mike Martz said, watching one of my iron shots flying on a penetrating trajectory to the yellow flag on the range.“Character?” I inquired.The coach explained: … [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...]

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...]

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...]