In your zeal to improve, don’t forget the objective

Last week, I finally discovered the brilliance of Canadian comic Norm Macdonald. (In my defense, my kids were babies during his mid-90s stint on Saturday Night Live when he became a phenom. And I don't stay up much past 9:30.) In watching a YouTube clip of Macdonald talking about Tiger Woods, I thought it was cool that he was a golf fan. Then, I became aware that he was saying ‘you know’ over and over.  Of course, no one in … [Read more...]

Want to break through in 2021? Run toward what scares you

In this blog, I write about how Hayley Kellett, co-owner of the Making Box comedy club in Guelph, created an environment that allowed me to have some of the most fun I've ever had, and break through one of my greatest fears. Check out their online improv program, accessible anywhere. In other news, I have just released my Obedience Training For Your Brain e-book, a companion to my … [Read more...]

How I revisited a sad golf memory and created a new—and better—one

My late father Dennis and I enjoying a happy golf moment. Years earlier, we shared a not-so-swell golf memory at the Early Bird tourney. It started with an email from a fellow university golf coach. Jim Waite, long-time coach of the Western University men’s team, sent me a note about the upcoming Early Bird golf tournament, and asked if I’d send it along to my University of Guelph men’s team. Then, I thought, ‘Why don’t I enter?’ A lot of my … [Read more...]

Sometimes the best plan is to have no plan

Sometimes the best plan is to have no plan Like most club golfers, the greatest annual test of my golf is the club championship. In the Club C, it’s always fascinating to see how well I can incorporate the coaching and performance fundamentals that I provide to my clients. I want to empower my clients, but I want to play well too! If a coach doesn’t admit this to you, he or she is lying. I was in the A Flight this year. I had a frustrating … [Read more...]

The secret to making a swing change revealed—ignore your whiny ego

The secret to making a swing change revealed—ignore your whiny ego Hey, we're not grizzled veterans, just veteran ... coaches. Mike Martz (left) has helped me get my game back on track--and to stay with the process when I struggled."That shot had character,” Mike Martz said, watching one of my iron shots flying on a penetrating trajectory to the yellow flag on the range.“Character?” I inquired.The coach explained: … [Read more...]