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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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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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Three Simple Steps review

Reading biographies gives insights into the thinking and strategies of the people whose lives are written of.  Occasionally the author sets out directly to talk about the things that have made them successful.  Trevor Blake is one of these authors.  An extremely successful businessman, Trevor’s book Three Simple Steps talks about the three tools he uses in his life and …

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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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Motivational videos

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 …

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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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Winning: why coaches and athletes respond differently

Ever set yourself a big goal, achieved it and then wondered what the fuss was all about…almost like there is a type of anticlimax even though you have won? The reason I’m asking is that the responses from coaches and their athletes seem to differ quite a bit when a team wins a championship. The players are on cloud nine …

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