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...]

Why your storytelling leads to the ‘spiral vortex of death’ and more missed putts

As he rushed past me at a university golf tournament this fall, the wide-eyed young player exclaimed, "I've missed five putts within 10 feet. I can’t putt!” He was telling himself one hell of a story. As a coach of a university golf team (Guelph), I hear plenty of stories from anguished players who don’t want to let their teammates down. ‘I can’t close a good round; I’m such a choker.’ ‘I can't get a break.' In other coaching, I also … [Read more...]

Why trying to make a good stroke is useless. Set your intentions on sinking the darn thing instead

I'm giving a presentation on Moe Norman on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario. Featuring footage from the upcoming documentary about his life, the talk is called, "What We Can Learn From the Eccentric Genius of Golf." Admission is free, there will be a cash bar and I'll sign copies of my book, The Feeling of Greatness: The Moe Norman Story. Come on out!   Feb. 2, … [Read more...]

How horrible Howard became truly humble—and a better golfer

Ezine #7—The breaking point for Howard Glassman came when he almost broke a club. After yet another crappy drive, his M1 driver was in imminent danger. “I came this close to hammering one of those rock tee blocks.” He had not broken 80 in about two weeks, which for a scratch player is an extended stay in golf hell. He was also worried about sliding back into being the "horrible" angry golfer that he was about 15 years ago. He asked me … [Read more...]

A blog about judgment; I hope you approve

Ezine #3—When my boys were in high school, I often suggested they join various clubs and participate in social activities beyond sports. Apparently, however, engaging in such things would be “uncool.” Of course, I translated uncool to mean, “I’d love to act on your great wisdom dear father, but I’m terribly afraid of being judged by my mean-spirited peers.” You don’t have to be a teenager to be concerned about what people think about you. … [Read more...]

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