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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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The One-Second Routine

Ever missed a putt after carefully checking the length and break, making couple of practice strokes, and setting up as precisely as possible?  Have you then walked around the other side of the hole and hit the ball into the hole without taking any care lining up or thinking about how hard to hit the ball?  Of course you have. …

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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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Add Variety for Fast Transfer from Practice to the Course

So often when I see players practicing they are hitting the same shot repeatedly.  Their reasoning is that they just about have the right feeling for their golf swing and just need to hit a few more shots to cement that feel.  Usually the player is refining their rhythm and timing for that particular shot by hitting multiple shots rather …

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The Best You Can Be

“To be the best I can be.”  This is one of the phrases I hear most when asking what a client’s ultimate goals include.   At the same time this phrase can either be considered a cop out or an amazingly powerful objective.  If you use it as a cop-out then it is likely you are already about as good as …

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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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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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It’s What’s Inside

They were roughly the same height standing together in the pen holder, yet one stood out. It was a shiny black pen with a white star on the end, it was far more attractive than the well worn home brand pen. Its owner held the Mont Blanc pen with pride and used it almost exclusively since he bought it six …

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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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