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Here are some things you can look forward to reading:
- How to hit it longer
- How to be more consistent How to practice effectively
- The importance of Target Focus and how to develop it as a skill to improve your scores
- Lessons you can learn from watching the pros
- Interviews with playing pros and other golf experts
- Self management, Game management, and Course management Keys to playing better
- Real world solutions from my own Golf Coach Program teaching practice
- Travel and destination info
- Putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play
- Scoring skill development
- Shot-making: controlling direction, distance, and shot shape
- How to play in the zone more often … and not just by accident
But I’m also going to get into some new territory.
It’s not going to be the same ‘ole, same ‘ole.
I’ve been hesitant to put some of this information out in the public before. There are some very strong traditions in our golf culture around how you are supposed to teach the golf swing. There are also very strong convictions about who is qualified to teach mental skills. Although I am one of only a very few PGA professionals formally trained in both swing mechanics and sport psychology, it’s almost as though there’s a line you’re not supposed to cross: If you teach the swing … you shouldn’t teach the mental game; If you teach performance … you don’t teach the swing.
But I don’t think you can separate the mental game from the mechanical side of golf. That’s not the way you play golf.
As my teaching practice has evolved it’s become clear to me that golfers benefit most when the best of both worlds are combined. Sometimes students benefit most from a mental shift, sometimes from mechanical change. The key is to put the right solution in front of the student at the right time. It shouldn’t matter what the solutions is, as long as it benefits the student.
And given the fact that the average golf handicap hasn’t changed in 40 years – despite the advances in technology and equipment – perhaps it’s time to look at hard look at the way we teach golf.
And I’m probably going to take arrows.
But my risk will be your gain, because I think it is time to give you a different way to learn golf.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not going to be doing anything revolutionary.
Instead, I prefer to think of it as evolutionary.
Sometimes that is what happens when you bring two different disciplines together. New insights emerge.
So I’ll be writing freely about the mental side of the game and the mechanical side of the game without drawing any distinctions. To me it’s all about playing the game better. It’s all about sharing the things that will help you play better.
Because what’s really driving me to write this newsletter is the remarkable success my students are having. They’re learning the right kinds of things at the right time for their particular game – things that really make a difference. And the results are showing up in lower scores and more enjoyment. It’s all about performance.
See you down the fairway!
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