Category Archives: Mindset

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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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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How to Practice with Purpose

The argument about whether practice or natural talent counts most in producing world-class athletes has been debated for eons.  Dr Anders Ericsson (1993) has conducted research on the developmental pathways of elite performers in a variety of spheres of performance. His conclusions fall in favour of the argument that hard work will ultimately triumph over natural talent in producing world-class …

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Creativity from Repetition

There were only two items I put on the counter, one worth $4.25 and the other $2.50.  There was no scanning device in this local milk bar…and the cash register wasn’t computerised.  Then he did the unthinkable…he reached for a calculator.  This happens all too frequently where simple tasks still require the use of some piece of technology. I asked …

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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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Change the name, Change the approach

I recently suggested to our (Australian) National Squad that the word ‘practice’ be renamed ‘learning’.  When they are hitting balls on the range, they are ‘learning’, when they are on the putting green, they are ‘learning’. Often players who are practicing are focussed on repetition, sometimes seemingly endless repetition.  They use phrases to describe their practice as ‘working on the …

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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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Who’s Keeping Score?

There are only a few minutes to go.  The home team is fighting hard to prevent their opposition from scoring while trying to add to their own score.  You look at the scoreboard and see…nothing.  No team names, no scores, nothing.  You have no way of knowing what the score is because nothing has been recorded on the scoreboard. You …

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