How Lou Reed taught me to play better golf

In this blog, originally published in March 2017, I recall Lou Reed telling me in an interview that he didn't worry about what his songs meant. Otherwise, he might 'interfere with the process' of songwriting. Years later, I realized it was a great lesson for golf, writing and any kind of performance. Need a pick-me up during the lockdown? Listen to Rock 'n' Roll from Rock 'n' Roll Animal.  I had the coolest job in the world. In my world, at … [Read more...]

Hey golfers! We all want to play golf. But right now … stay the #$&*% @home

We hate change.Failure to change, however, means the death toll grows higher.Change and we reduce the number of deaths, and we will flatten the curve more quickly.But … we hate change. Consider the group of golfers on Wednesday who snuck on Fanshawe Golf Course in London, Ontario, even though the course was closed and everyone except those living under rocks has been told to stay the f*** at home. (For a musical incentive and … [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...]

What kind of golfer do you want to be in 2019?

With apologies to Dale Carnegie, do you want to win friends and influence people on the golf course this year? Of course, you do. No one wants to be a jerk—self-absorbed, petulant and pouting (‘Oops, did you say something?’), dis-interested and disconnected (‘I didn’t see it’), fulminating at the golf gods (‘Wow! Another three-putt!’), or a blamer (‘I can’t putt on greens this slow!’). No. You want people to want to play golf with … [Read more...]

How setting an intention could give you the courage to do a polar bear swim—and play better golf

Jan. 9, 2018 Ezine—I have never understood the polar bear swimmers who run screaming into the icy water on New Year's Day. Jeez, are you kidding? I couldn't imagine myself willingly exposing my nearly bare naked body to that. Until I did. Well, sorta. For New Year's, my wife Sandy and I set out to spend the weekend with some friends in Muskoka, the lovely cottage area north of Toronto. Besides plenty of drinking and eating, there was … [Read more...]