Category Archives: Focus

Principles of Correct Practice

There is no point hitting shots mindlessly in an attempt to improve your golf.  But unfortunately that is what most players do.  There are principles which you can follow to get the most from every practice session. Click here to download a sample 3-hour plan which will definitely benefit your golf. Principles Have an objective that you want to achieve for …

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Now You See It…

He was instructed to lie still without moving.  That seemed appropriate as he had a number of wires attached to the muscles around his pelvic area.  The next instruction was to imagine climbing a rock wall, but without actually moving his arms or legs.  The EMG machine sprang to life; the muscles that would be used to actually climb a …

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Effective Concentration

My early beliefs about concentration were strongly influenced by what I read about players like Ben Hogan having a laser-like intense stare.  The fact that the Scots nicknamed him the Wee Ice Mon on his only trip to the British Open enhanced this thinking.  I’ve tried having this type of focus, but it just makes me mentally tired.  From what …

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Be Intentional: Really Mean It!

You’ve set some goals, made plans to achieve them and then taken action…you are out of the starting gate.  Supercharging this effort by having a strong intention of achieving your goals is what separates a lot of wishful thinking from results. Being intentional in your actions breaks through stuck states and apathy, allows you to delay gratification and can even …

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Focus: Switching On and Switching Off

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The Oldest Trick in the Book

“Watch out for the water on the right.”  It’s the oldest trick in the book: you are standing on the tee and your match result is close.  After stepping away from the ball and giving you an appropriately ‘dirty’ look and then step back to the ball to hit a shot.  The result… Whatever the result you have planted the …

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You Know You Should…

There is a vast difference between knowing what you should be doing and actually doing it. My hand is definitely up as one of those who have bought and read self-help books. Every one of them has good ideas. I would read and nod in agreement with the suggestions and then put the book down without taking any action. I’m …

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Creativity and structure: a paradox

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 …

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A measure of…the truth

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 …

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Daddy, don’t hit it into the bunker

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 …

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