As you probably know I have been deeply involved in music over the last 7 or 8 years, trying to learn to play the blues harmonica. I have found the learning process to be remarkably similar to that of learning to play golf, and since I teach golf for a living, being involved again in the attempt to master a skill that involves both technique and feel has helped me to assess and improve my own teaching skills. When I was a kid I didn’t really ever have formal instruction in golf. My Dad showed me a few basics (a good grip and set up, one piece takeaway, left shoulder under, head behind the ball, legs drive toward the […]
“One needs the mood of a warrior for every single act”… “There is no power in a life that lacks this mood. Look at yourself. Everything offends and upsets you. You are a leaf at the mercy of the wind. A warrior, on the other hand, is a hunter. He calculates everything. That’s control. But once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That’s abandon. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and survives in the best of all possible fashions.” Carlos Castaneda: A Journey to Ixtlan So which are you, the whiner or the warrior? Think back to […]
I have a great idea for a golf tournament. Let’s invite all the so-called teaching gurus to a 72 hole stroke play event and call it “The Guru Invitational”. Like the Masters, we’ll have to make it fairly difficult to qualify for the field. After all, we only want those recognized as true golfing geniuses, the men and women who have figured out a technique and a mental attitude for every possible situation, and have earned a nice living dispensing such knowledge to the masses. So who qualifies to hold the title of “guru”, and thus earns an entry into our elite field? Well, let’s start with anyone who teaches Tour players, be it the PGA Tour, the Senior […]
“Things just go from bad to worse, Starts like a kiss, and ends like a curse.” Jim Carroll There is no way around it: no matter how good, bad or indifferent you are as a golfer it is inevitable that you will play bad. And what do I mean by bad? Well, if we check the Thesaurus we will find a number of other words to describe it- awful, terrible, dreadful, appalling, shocking, ghastly, horrific, dire, and unpleasant. One or more of these synonyms may appeal to you, but the truth of the matter is that the feelings engendered by bad golf are singularly indescribable, at least by words fit for a family publication. I would petition Roget to […]
I wanted to share a conversation that I had the other day with one of my students, a 50 year old fellow named John who I’ve been teaching for a couple of years, although not consistently as he stays in Florida half the year and takes lessons sporadically when he is in Maryland. He has become a good friend, inviting my wife and I to stay at his condo in Park City, Utah the last two years (we accepted and had a great time), and I was pleased to be able to return the favor by having him play on my team in the TaylorMade Invitational last year in Cabo San Lucas. He wants to be a good player, but […]
It’s been quite a while since my on and off student Stan has made his way over to Woodmont for a lesson, so I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed his name in my book for a couple hours last week. If you have read any of my articles recounting my various forays with Stan (Click here) you know that he is endlessly entertaining as he searches for any and every way to get better without having to do the work and practice that I always insist he needs. Stan really wants to believe that the game is “90% mental”, and that if he can just conquer his inner demons and focus on the target he could become the player […]
I started playing tournament golf when I was 12 years old. That would be in 1969, some 44 years ago. I got my first teaching job in 1984 (it was a summer camp for juniors), and my first job at a country club in 1986. That’s 27 years ago. There have been a lot of tournaments and a lot of lessons in that time, and as you can imagine I have picked up a few tidbits of wisdom along the way. Now, you might consider some of these ideas wise, and some of them foolish, but they are representative of what I have come to believe about golf and the search for improvement. The people I teach want to improve. […]
I would love to make hundreds of dollars an hour just talking to people about golf. I think my problem would be, and my wife could back me up on this, that I couldn’t fill up an hour with talk about how one is supposed to deal with the difficulties of the game, or, if I could last an hour, by the time the next confused soul regaled me with the same laments I would be pretty much fed up. She used to think it was a total lack of compassion, but now she just refers to it as “being Wayne”. My problem is that I can’t stand whining, or anything approaching whining. Golf is a game, albeit a quite […]
If there is one thing that comes up most often in lessons I give to any level of player it concerns the difficulty in changing from an existing technique that is not providing satisfactory results to one that makes you a better player. This could include work on putting and all the facets involved with making putts (stroke mechanics, green reading ability, speed control, routine, mental approach), work on swing mechanics (how to hit every shot better and more consistently), short game technique (all types of pitches and chips, bunker play, shot selection, visualization), and a general approach to practice and playing that allows the player to raise the level of his or her game. Why is this so hard […]
So you’ve figured out your schedule for the day and what do you know, you have time to get out to the range for some practice. The first thing to do is to decide how to budget the time you have. There is no set way to divide up your practice time. You need to assess what has been going on with your golf game up to this moment and address what most needs to be addressed. If you are hitting the ball terribly, by all means plan on spending most of your time hitting balls. If your short game has recently been horrible, pick the shots you have been the worst at and spend some time with them. You […]
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