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...]

Why do you play golf? You might be surprised

As the golf season gets underway and you re-engage in your precarious affair with the game, I’m going to challenge you to do something you may have never done. But first... if someone—usually a non-golfer—asks what you like about golf, you might talk about getting exercise, being outside in a beautiful place, and spending time with friends and family. If you’re an avid player, all of that may be true, but you’re really just scratching the … [Read more...]

Working out is hard to do, when it’s new

There’s always a bit of inertia to overcome before a workout—a little voice that asks, ‘You don’t really want to do this, do you?’ Fortunately, I’ve managed to overcome that voice for most of my adult life; my father set a good example for me, I know it supports my golf, and I just like sweating. Makes me feel like my toxins bleed out. Yet, when I started working with Dr. Jeff Smeaton of the Dynamic Health and Performance in Oakville, … [Read more...]

My math belief added up to trouble (and how your stories are messing with you)

Can you glance at a bunch of numbers and effortlessly add them in an instant? Not me. Especially if there are people watching and waiting for me, such as after a round of golf and I'm the scorekeeper. Ack! When I have to publicly compute, I suffer bodily chaos similar to Albert Brooks' outbreak of flop sweat in Broadcast News. I think it partially stems from standing at the chalkboard in high school math class with an exasperated teacher … [Read more...]

Rick Young gives hearty thumbs up to our Moe Norman book

In SCOREGolf Magazine: MOE’S LEGACY LIVES ON By Rick Young created May 12, 2015 Graves Golf Academy COMMENTSSHARE ON TWITTERSHARE ON FACEBOOK Eleven years have gone by since Moe Norman left us. The service to celebrate his life and honour his memory remain as vivid to me today as it did the day the golf world bid farewell to the ball-striking genius. Especially comforting at the time was the … [Read more...]