What I learned from my early morning encounter with Tiger Woods

That's Tiger at the 2000 RBC Canadian Open—the one he won with the amazing 6-iron into 18 at Glen Abbey—and that's me behind him on the ground with the horrible shades, white hat and badge on my oversized shirt. Five years later, I had an interesting early morning encounter with him. I figure with Tiger Woods winning his 82nd PGA Tour event to tie for most victories all-time, it’s as good a time as any to trot out my one and only … [Read more...]

The toughest—and best—questions that you can ask yourself

One of my favourite Monty Python bits is the deadliest joke sketch—about a joke so funny that it killed whoever read or heard it.   My vote for the hardest question that you can ask yourself is this: Do I do what I say I am going to do? Most everyone hates this question. It's a beast. Asking yourself this question is more difficult than if someone else asks it. You could evade, bullshit, weave a … [Read more...]

The thrill of discovering your brilliance

As a coach, one of my greatest joys is when people discover just how capable they are.It’s often quite sudden; a eureka moment. In a flash, they see new possibilities for themselves. It’s often the start of a transformative experience.And conversely, in that moment they also see that the beliefs and stories that they have been telling themselves—perhaps for their entire lives—may not be true.At my Getting Unstuck Putting Clinic two weeks ago at … [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...]

Asking a potentially ‘stupid’ question is a smart thing to do

Do you find yourself in situations where you feel compelled to ask a question but don't out of fear how you'll be judged? Sometimes, the bravest and smartest thing you can do is to take the risk--and ask the question. “It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”― Mark Twain This bon mot attributed to the author of Tom Sawyer is regarded as a sage piece of wisdom, but sometimes staying silent … [Read more...]