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When I am reading a great novel, I can get completely lost in the plot, turning page after page.  Time is irrelevant and before I know it, a couple of hours have passed.  Do you know this feeling for the things you say you are passionate about? This is one of the clues to something that is a true passion.  …

Motivational videos

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Motivational videos never cease to have an emotional impact on us.  The pictures and words are usually backed by an appropriately uplifting music as well.  What if you were to create your own personal video in your mind?  It would contain highlights of things you have done well, things that you are proud of and times where you have been …

Who do you play for?

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I’m always curious to know the reasons a person plays golf, especially if they have high ambitions for becoming a great golfer.  The answers are usually that they want to join their workmates, friends, family members or partner.  Occassionally they are playing just for themselves. Regardless of who you are playing for or your motivation to play, it is extremely …

All of us have the ability to be creative.  Those who are disorganised often use the excuse that any form of discipline or structure will inhibit their creativity. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Thinking creatively is achieved best when your mind is free of mental clutter; your to-do list, calls to make, people to follow up with (none …

Why do some athletes avoid recording statistics, setting plans and sticking to them and putting their hearts on soles on the line?  Part of the reason lies in the words of Colonel Jessep “they can’t handle the truth”. It is rare with all but the best athletes to hear something like “I have followed a structured preparation plan to the …

One principle that applies in sport is that when your feet are in contact with the ground is that you use the ground for stability and production of power.  This video explains how that principle works in the golf swing.

For golfers with sore knees and also for those who have no difficulty with squatting to read putts, there is a fantastic new way to learn how to ‘read’ putts. It is a concept known as AimPoint. I attended a workshop to explain how the system works. Essentially you determine the following things A point directly above or below the …

I have met many golfers claiming to be hard practicers.  However most pale in comparison to a friend whose practice habits are something of a legend.  A lasting memory is of him at a local park with a galvanised tin rubbish bin full of golf balls.  There would have been around 500 balls in the bin! He tipped the bin …

I was talking to a golf professional friend of mine who related a story from when he was competing in a minor tournament. He allowed his daughter to caddy for him and he was playing quite well. With two holes to play he was faced with a short pitch shot. If he hit the shot close to the hole and …

If you play cards as well as I do (extremely poorly) then being able to maintain a poker face won’t really help in the overall scheme of things. The objective of having a poker face is so that you don’t betray a good or poor hand with any response: verbal, non-verbal or even unconscious. When a person gives away a …