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Earlier this month I was asked to speak to a group of golfers. They wanted to know about my experience winning the World Long Drive Championship, and about any insights I could provide that might help them come through with clutch shots under pressure.

Because the event organizer is also student of mine, she wanted me to explain how I prepared for the competition, and why the way I prepare is so different from the way most golfers practice and get ready.

She’d had first-hand experience: a couple of years ago she went from a 23 index to a solid 7, and won every ladies championship trophy at her club … following my performance-based approach.

I put together a few flip-chart pages that explain why Performance-Based Golf is the opposite of traditional golf instruction, including the TV and golf magazines.

In this first part of the talk I wanted to set the context. Once you understand the Performance Pyramid it is easier to understand the proper place of various skills needed, and their importance.

Learning about golf swing technique is at the bottom end of the performance pyramid.

That doesn’t mean those skills are any less important than “in the zone” performance skills. In fact, the broader the base of skills, the more stable the pyramid (and by extension, the more stable your golf game).

But understanding the placement and hierarchy of skills, and when and where they come into play, substantially shortens the learning curve, and eliminates one of the biggest obstacles to better play on the golf course: mechanical swing thinking.