Tag Archives: Mindset

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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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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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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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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What You Want in a Coach

When I asked what you felt were the most important things to know when having golf lessons, here’s what you said Coach needs to demonstrate that he cares for you Asks about your current ability, ambitions, game strengths & weaknesses and what frustrates you most about your game. Does his homework prior to the lesson, so he knows what has …

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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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Getting better

What are your golfing goals?  This is one of the questions I ask every client I coach.  The most common answer is to become more consistent.  For many, this could be consistently poor!  Who wants that?  Wouldn’t you rather want to get better? Surely anyone who says “I want to be good” is displaying ambition, provided of course they are …

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