How to make a difference during a virus lockdown? ‘All you can do is, do your best’

An email to a golf professional friend came back with one of those automated replies. Within his message: “I have been laid off …” Ouch. I know many golf professionals and instructors whose ability to make a living has taken a massive hit. Salaried-professionals are being laid off because golf courses in Ontario are not allowed to open. Professionals who live on lesson revenue are trying to figure out—very quickly—how to earn money with online … [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...]

Your putting stroke is fine; How to stop getting in your own way

Oh, the agony of putting. How can something so simple become so difficult? Well, it's not your stroke. It's fine. It's your non-stop, chattering, interfering mind that's the problem.  As a coach, I can never take credit for scores that my clients shoot.They hit the shots. They have done the work. I can open the door, but the clients must walk through. But it is really rewarding when I’m able to introduce clients to a new experience … [Read more...]

Brooke captures Canadian win in her own unique way

“Well, it’s not a swing you would teach,” opined Judy Rankin during Brooke Henderson’s triumphant march to winning the CP Canadian Women’s Open, the first Canadian victory in our national championship in 45 years. One of the most respected voices in golf broadcasting, Rankin noted specifically that Henderson unconventionally grips down about three inches on all of her clubs, which fellow Canadian Moe Norman was notable for. (Interestingly, … [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...]