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Tiger has to get back on his horse

Oh man. That is very bad news that Tiger Woods has suddenly put the brakes on the great big audacious comeback. The timing is brutal and indicates that all is not well in Tiger’s head and it’s highly likely he’s still got some kind of yips. After confirming Friday that he would return from his year-long absence from the PGA Tour in this week’s Safeway Open, Tiger abruptly announced his withdrawal Monday. What’s up? Hard to say, but he may … [Read More...]

Arnold Palmer: A legend worth thanking and emulating

I learned in a text from a 16-year-old golfer last night that Arnold Palmer had died yesterday at the age of 87. Then he simply wrote: Legend. While it was sad that the King had passed on, it made me feel good that a teenage golfer was aware of the importance of Arnold Palmer to golf specifically and arguably to sports generally. Palmer is the single greatest influence in the growth of golf around the world. When Palmer hit his stride as … [Read More...]

Hail the return of Tiger

It's great to see that Tiger Woods has set a date for returning to playing--Oct. 13 in the Safeway Open--although it's possible he could delay his return if he doesn't feel healthy enough. Regardless, he's coming back.   That's good for golf, and great for golf fans. Yes, he's made some whopping mistakes, but I'll let the perfect people cast the first stones. I believe many of us have forgotten he is quite possibly the best golfer … [Read More...]

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...]

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