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Did It Take You 50 Years to Learn This?

Whenever I’m coaching I make an assessment of every shot the player hits.  I look at the ball’s initial direction and trajectory as well as whether or not it curves.  I listen to the sound of contact; the contact point on the clubface and how the club meets the ground (or mat).  From there I work backwards applying my understanding …

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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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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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Design your own Training Drills

Golf’s alluring and eternal challenge is that anyone in can play, however playing well takes practice and learning.  Becoming excellent usually takes years of dedicated effort. Personal best scores on different golf courses and changes in your handicap (if you have one) are measures of your progress.  Every time you improve your best score or lower your handicap you experience …

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Move your arms this way

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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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Toyota World Junior – practice days

She approached the reception counter full of rage. She showed the photo on her camera to the manager and demanded action. She was putting her child to bed and noticed the vomit from a previous customer. Luckily we were only staying overnight before an early flight to Tokyo and ultimately Nagoya for the Toyota World Junior Teams Championship. It is …

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You Know You Should…

There is a vast difference between knowing what you should be doing and actually doing it. My hand is definitely up as one of those who have bought and read self-help books. Every one of them has good ideas. I would read and nod in agreement with the suggestions and then put the book down without taking any action. I’m …

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