I recently read a mentally stimulating golf book, The Practice Manual, The Ultimate Guide For Golfers by Adam Young, a world-class golf teaching professional from the UK. It’s a very detailed book about how to improve your golf game through understanding both the dynamics of a proper golf swing and how we learn a physical skill … Continue reading Golf Practice
The ‘keep it simple golf’ approach to improvement is rather simple, but it may not seem “easy” at first. The process may seem “difficult” because of our tendency to rely on our conscious thinking mind in so many of our activities, and to make the shift to trusting in our subconscious kinesthetic instincts to perform … Continue reading Trust Your Golf Instinct
Traditional golf instruction often tells us that we must have a “pre-shot routine” with a consistent series of physical movements in preparation for an effective and reliable golf swing. The intended purpose is to have a physical routine to minimize mental interference in performing the mechanics of our golf swing. Professional golfers have had hundreds … Continue reading Reflections on a “pre-shot routine”
Could the traditional methods of learning and improving one’s golf game through a how-to instruction model change to a guided “self-discovery learning process?” It would only happen one golfer at a time. Awaken Your Inner Golfer offers a vehicle for that possibility. Traditional golf instruction tries to teach us something (a physical motor skill) that … Continue reading Golf exercises and learning
To ‘cart’ or ‘not to cart’, that is the question: whether ‘tis nobler in the mind…… I wonder what Shakespeare would opt for?!? Riding a motorized cart playing golf is not always a ‘given’ despite the fact that it has been made customary. To ‘cart’ or ‘not to cart’ presents an opportunity for a conscious … Continue reading To cart or not to cart?
Let’s explore trying versus allowing in developing an effective golf swing. First, let’s look at the words themselves. Try is defined as “to attempt, endeavor, to make an effort” with synonyms of “strive, wrangle, work, labor, and struggle for.” Allow is defined as “to permit, to acknowledge as valid” with synonyms of “permit, let, grant, … Continue reading Trying vs. allowing
Why is an effective grip, or hold of the golf club, so important in hitting a golf ball? The short answer is that an effective and reliable golf swing is built on the foundation of an effective and reliable grip. The golf club is a tool, and like any other tool it must be held … Continue reading The importance of an effective grip
No mechanical golf swing tips here, but you can learn how to improve your golf game just through awareness. Thought patterns influence physical patterns. Thought patterns are acquired, therefore, they can be changed. Attention and awareness are tools that enable change. We have to know where we are before we know where we want to … Continue reading Learning to golf by awakening instinct
IS THERE A SIMILARITY BETWEEN LEARNING HOW TO WALK AND LEARNING HOW TO HIT A GOLF BALL? Far-fetched? Maybe not so much! As a little child crawling close to the ground on hands and knees, we noticed all these other big “peoples” standing and moving on just those two things (we eventually learned were called “feet”). … Continue reading Learning to golf is like learning to walk
I just finished reading the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. It’s not a golf book, but an excellent book about life skills. As a friend recently commented, “Well, golf is life!” We can utilize the life tools of growth and learning put forth in this book for both living our lives and improving … Continue reading What’s your golf “mindset”?