The perils of pressure—Part Two

In Monday's post, I noted that a number of players melted down during the Ontario university golf championship. Today, I describe how it happens.  October 25, 2017—To get a handle on how you can learn how to deal effectively with pressure, a good place to start is look at how golfers lose it in the first place. It starts with thinking. As a round progresses, players are prone to think more about their score and speculate on what their … [Read more...]

The perils of pressure: meltdowns, helicopters … and headaches

The Ontario university golf championship provides a window on the affects of pressure October 23, 2017—By a large margin, the Ryder Cup is the most exciting event in golf for one simple reason—emotion. When the individual game becomes a team game, the mental and emotional circuits are prone to running hotter. As fans, we lap up all that fist-pumping drama. Whether you are a pro or an amateur, learning how to manage yourself … [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...]

A slightly different mantra could make you more resilient

Ezine #10, June 14, 2017—I didn’t have the luxury of easing into my new role with the University of Guelph golf team. My first tournament as head coach was the Canadian University/College Championship two weeks ago. Our five-member men’s team had a nice mix of veterans and young players, but only two had played in the national championship before. (Our women’s team didn’t qualify this year.) I was looking for a way to help them cope with the … [Read more...]