Category Archives: Mental Skills

Mindfulness, Multi-tasking and Practicing Golf

The computer I hold in my hand is better known as a smart phone.  The promise is that if I use it correctly – using the most appropriate applications and monitoring all the tasks I set for myself – I will be more productive.  The challenge of the age of productivity seems to be finding out how many things I …

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What do you resolve to do with your golf in 2014?

The beginning of the year is seen by the majority of people as a time for a fresh start or more of the same depending on what it is you are doing.  A fresh start implies change for the better.  For golfers it could be to play more regularly, improve your game through coaching or win an event. However lofty …

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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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Are you a Professional?

Whenever the word professional is used in golfing circles, it inspires images of players travelling the world and making money doing something that they love.  This is really the romantic view and whether or not it is the reality, it is the stuff of dreams for countless golfers. History shows that success at the professional golf level comes to very …

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Fake it and you will make it

As he holed the putt to win the Masters, Adam Scott raised both hands exultantly to the sky.  There were a few thousand spectators around the green throwing their arms up in unison.  Raising your arms is a universal celebration, and as well as being a signal of victory it is also a signal strength. There has been plenty written …

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What drives you crazy?

Slow drivers in the right lane, people who whinge constantly, tailgating drivers, people who complain they can’t find the right $1000 dress when you are shopping at Target for their specials.  Mostly these things don’t really affect you personally unless you get caught up emotionally with them.  Do you notice that most of the things that seemed to drive you …

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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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Training Self-Control

Your enthusiasm knows no bounds.  It is the first morning of the new start; a new diet, a new health habit, a new regular practice regime to develop your golf.  You are off to a flying start and think “this is going to be a walk in the park!”  The second day is a little bit tougher and by the …

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Refine Your Habits or have them Define You

When you put on shorts, jeans or trousers, which leg do you put in first?  Most people don’t know until they either put on shorts, or pretend to.  If you put your other leg in first it feels a bit weird.  Doing this with a group usually draws a few laughs because they hadn’t suspected such a mundane activity was …

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Why Silence Helps My Coaching

My coach training begins early, not every day, but most.  It is usually dark when I begin and I prefer complete silence.  The unique thing about this training is that while I’m not thinking about coaching, it helps me become a better coach. It is sitting and either focussing on my breathing, or on nothing at all.  I’ve been doing …

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