Tiger has to get back on his horse

Oh man. That is very bad news that Tiger Woods has suddenly put the brakes on the great big audacious comeback. The timing is brutal and indicates that all is not well in Tiger’s head and it’s highly likely he’s still got some kind of yips. After confirming Friday that he would return from his year-long absence from the PGA Tour in this week’s Safeway Open, Tiger abruptly announced his withdrawal Monday. What’s up? Hard to say, but he may … [Read more...]

Get results by focusing on what you really can control

I wrote this column for the recent issue of Canadian Junior Golf Association magazine, and added a few new bits. I believe that focusing on process rather than results can pay dividends in most everything we do. During a recent phone call with a 16-year-old client, he said gravely, “Coach, can I ask you something?” He was bummed out about the qualifying event that he had played that day. He teed off focusing on a low number. But his front … [Read more...]

There was evidence Canadian amateur would make his case

Canadian amateur Jared du Toit appeared to come out of nowhere to contend in the RBC Canadian Open. In fact, we shouldn’t have been that surprised: the Arizona State junior had won the prestigious Glencoe Invitational—one of Canada’s top amateur events—in June. He shot a competitive course-record 63 at San Francisco’s Olympic Club at the Trans-Miss Amateur Championship three weeks prior. There’s a massive difference between amateur events … [Read more...]

Golfers accused of being selfish–of course they are

I've always loved that European golfers are for more willing to tell you what they really think than Americans even though it often gets them in hot water. In explaining earlier this week why he has withdrawn from the Olympics, Rory McIlroy said that he really wasn't that interested and that he doesn't play golf with an eye to grow the game. Of course, for that display of candor, he was been absolutely hammered, particularly for the mortal … [Read more...]

Why do you play golf? You might be surprised

As the golf season gets underway and you re-engage in your precarious affair with the game, I’m going to challenge you to do something you may have never done. But first... if someone—usually a non-golfer—asks what you like about golf, you might talk about getting exercise, being outside in a beautiful place, and spending time with friends and family. If you’re an avid player, all of that may be true, but you’re really just scratching the … [Read more...]