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Get results by focusing on what you really can control

I wrote this column for the recent issue of Canadian Junior Golf Association magazine, and added a few new bits. I believe that focusing on process rather than results can pay dividends in most everything we do. During a recent phone call with a 16-year-old client, he said gravely, “Coach, can I ask you something?” He was bummed out about the qualifying event that he had played that day. He teed off focusing on a low number. But his front … [Read More...]

Howard gets the heck out of golf hell

Note: When I originally wrote this in June for Canadian Junior Golf Association magazine, Howard was so distraught over his game, he was ready to quit golf. There are weightier issues in the world to grapple with, but if you love the game, you'll relate to this tale of misery and woe. Spoiler alert: It has a happy ending. No matter how much you love golf, you’ve also hated it. It’s hard to imagine that the game you work so hard at and … [Read More...]

My 2016 Club Championship Confessional

Among the surprises in the 2016 edition of my annual Club Championship Confessional, I learned a late-in-life lesson about lagging, experienced the electrical energy of a missed short putt, and renewed my relationship with Mr. Shank. As your friendly neighbourhood performance coach and writer, I love Club Cs for the post-round stories of quads, yips, chilli dips and four-whacks. And the Club C is a great opportunity for learning—about myself … [Read More...]

There was evidence Canadian amateur would make his case

Canadian amateur Jared du Toit appeared to come out of nowhere to contend in the RBC Canadian Open. In fact, we shouldn’t have been that surprised: the Arizona State junior had won the prestigious Glencoe Invitational—one of Canada’s top amateur events—in June. He shot a competitive course-record 63 at San Francisco’s Olympic Club at the Trans-Miss Amateur Championship three weeks prior. There’s a massive difference between amateur events … [Read More...]

Magnificent Marlene honoured by Canadian golf writers

Most 82 year olds are more than happy to shoot their age. With her 4.5 handicap factor, Marlene Streit would be disappointed. I had the great privilege of chatting with the Canadian amateur legend early last week. We met on the practice green at Beverly G&CC before she was honored by the Golf Journalists Association of Canada with the Dick Grimm Award for her lifetime contribution to golf. A great supporter of Brooke Henderson, Streit was … [Read More...]

Golfers accused of being selfish–of course they are

I've always loved that European golfers are for more willing to tell you what they really think than Americans even though it often gets them in hot water. In explaining earlier this week why he has withdrawn from the Olympics, Rory McIlroy said that he really wasn't that interested and that he doesn't play golf with an eye to grow the game. Of course, for that display of candor, he was been absolutely hammered, particularly for the mortal … [Read More...]

“Really?” DJ hangs tough to win his first major. Finally

Dustin Johnson’s win at the U.S. Open was one of the weirdest and gutsiest in major championship history. In 30 years of paying close attention to golf, I’ve never seen a situation where a player didn’t know if he had the lead, was one behind or two ahead for the final seven holes of a major. Ultimately, he was penalized a stroke by the USGA once he finished the round, but it was moot because he had a four-shot lead. Of course, there’s … [Read More...]

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