Pugnacious Patrick Reed’s ‘just go play golf’ approach earned him a green jacket

Despite his this-is-serious-stuff demeanour and pugnacious personality, Patrick Reed was swinging with rhythm and grace during Sunday’s final round of the Masters. Rory McIlroy looked tight, tense and that he was trying hard—the bounce in his step that telegraphs when he’s feeling good became more of a trudge as the afternoon wore on. It’s my sense the enormity of winning the career Grand Slam, never mind the pressure of winning a Masters, is … [Read more...]

What do you really want from your golf this season?

For golfers, this is that most wonderful time of the year. We’re enchanted by azaleas, a dangerously beautiful junction known as Amen Corner, and our own favourite Masters moments. And this year is even more special with the return of Tiger Woods, and great story lines around Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau. And after a long winter, the Masters also signifies the start of the golf season for most of us in North America. So, … [Read more...]

The rarely taught but important skill of listening

November 27, 2017—It was about seven or eight years into my marriage when I learned a very important needed lesson. When Sandy would get home from work, we'd usually talk about our day while I made dinner. Every once in a while, she’d be frustrated, and vent about a problem at the office, which invariably involved various people. As she was speaking, I would start formulating my solutions to her quandary, cut her short, and prescribe my … [Read more...]

Moe Norman mined his own gold; so can you

Ezine #11, August 30, 2017 — Moe Norman lived a bittersweet life. He was the best ball-striker in history but he had an excruciating inferiority complex. Not about his ability to hit a golf ball, but he felt inferior in just about every other way. Most people who are seeking to become better golfers also feel inferior. It’s part of golf's culture. The core message that most people take from golf culture is this:  ‘I am broken and I need … [Read more...]

Better Golf Through Awareness

Ezine #10, June 28, 2017—Most amateurs think the pros on TV are super chill, under control and thinking the right thoughts. You would be wrong. They can be just as crazy as the rest of us. But the difference between the best and the rest is that elite players know how to deal with harrowing thoughts and feelings through awareness and process. One of the best examples is the story of Jason Day during the final round of the 2015 PGA … [Read more...]