I’ll bet you can make a commitment and keep it

In thinking about our societal problem with commitment, I’m reminded of a poignant episode of that paragon of social commentary, The Flintstones. In Season Two in 1962, Arnold the newsboy challenges Fred to a marbles game, re-igniting Fred’s gambling compulsion, sending him into a hypnotic, stuttering trance, ‘B-b-b-bet-bet!” Generally speaking, if I ask most people about their commitments, it’s such a loaded and scary word that they can … [Read more...]

My end-of-the-season ritual: It’s over and I’m good with that

I am not grieving the end of the golf season. I’m done and I’m good with it. I’ve accepted that I won’t be hitting the little white ball off green grass for another five months, except in the unlikely event that I go south this winter. Over the past half-dozen years or so, I’ve followed a season-ending ritual that allows me to segue into winter unbridled with sorrow and longing. If you are “normal” person, you may not grasp the pathos of … [Read more...]

Arnold Palmer: A legend worth thanking and emulating

I learned in a text from a 16-year-old golfer last night that Arnold Palmer had died yesterday at the age of 87. Then he simply wrote: Legend. While it was sad that the King had passed on, it made me feel good that a teenage golfer was aware of the importance of Arnold Palmer to golf specifically and arguably to sports generally. Palmer is the single greatest influence in the growth of golf around the world. When Palmer hit his stride as … [Read more...]

Hail the return of Tiger

It's great to see that Tiger Woods has set a date for returning to playing--Oct. 13 in the Safeway Open--although it's possible he could delay his return if he doesn't feel healthy enough. Regardless, he's coming back.   That's good for golf, and great for golf fans. Yes, he's made some whopping mistakes, but I'll let the perfect people cast the first stones. I believe many of us have forgotten he is quite possibly the best golfer … [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...]