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Why do you play golf? You might be surprised

As the golf season gets underway and you re-engage in your precarious affair with the game, I’m going to challenge you to do something you may have never done. But first... if someone—usually a non-golfer—asks what you like about golf, you might talk about getting exercise, being outside in a beautiful place, and spending time with friends and family. If you’re an avid player, all of that may be true, but you’re really just scratching the … [Read More...]

Stop trying so hard and start playing better

This column appeared this week in Junior Golf News published by the Canadian Junior Golf Association, but the core message is also applicable to all golfers. Here’s some hard-nosed advice for bringing your competition to its knees during this competitive golf season: Don’t try so hard. If you’re reading this column, I’m pretty sure that you have worked your tail off: You’ve likely put in the hours hitting balls through the winter and you … [Read More...]

Masters recap: Beware the emotional golfer and bad decisions

For students of the game, the 2016 edition of the Masters provided a cornucopia of learning, especially about the mental game. Beware the golfer drawing on deep emotions Part of the beauty of Danny Willett’s victory—in contrast to the ugliness of Jordan Spieth’s quad—was that his wife Nicole gave birth to their first child just before the Masters. To add to the synchronicity of the occasion, she was due on Sunday, April 10 but Zach was … [Read More...]

Ernie Els didn’t fail, he prevailed

I couldn’t watch it. A tweet showed up yesterday afternoon declaring that Ernie Els had seven-putted (later downgraded to six putts) the first hole at Augusta National. I re-tweeted it but I would not watch the video. I felt so bad for him. (The Golf Channel replayed it like CNN constantly replays videos of disasters caused by hurricanes and bombs, so I eventually saw it.) It was a yipper’s disaster. The nightmare realized. The South … [Read More...]

Working out is hard to do, when it’s new

There’s always a bit of inertia to overcome before a workout—a little voice that asks, ‘You don’t really want to do this, do you?’ Fortunately, I’ve managed to overcome that voice for most of my adult life; my father set a good example for me, I know it supports my golf, and I just like sweating. Makes me feel like my toxins bleed out. Yet, when I started working with Dr. Jeff Smeaton of the Dynamic Health and Performance in Oakville, … [Read More...]

A poetic alternative to trying so hard

As the baseball season beckons and golf courses open in northern climes, I present you with a little poetry from the esteemed journal Mad Magazine.             We marvel at the Shortstop’s art:                  Just to see him swerve and lunge and dart!             Of course, to some, it makes no sense             Because the ball just cleared the fence;             But in the field the Shortstop knows             That he must … [Read More...]

Becoming Disco Dick: ‘This could be heaven or this could be hell’

  Would you risk being ridiculed to play better golf? Richard Zokol did. On our latest Swing Thoughts podcast, Zokol talks about taking a risk that not only propelled him into the lead of a PGA Tour event, but also helped him to learn how to use his mind to play better golf. On Episode Eight of ST, the Canadian Golf Hall of Famer tells engaging stories about his 20-year adventure on the PGA Tour and shares great insights that can … [Read More...]

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