Do you relate more to being an artist or a mechanic regarding your golf swing? Let’s look at some of the attributes of each. A mechanic fits and fixes parts so that the whole works. An artist focuses on the whole and allows the parts to come together naturally. A mechanic is precise; they primarily … Continue reading Artist or Mechanic?
The important thing is not to stop questioning.—Albert Einstein Let’s ponder the above quote in relation to our golf game. If we continue to think about and question our golf swing in the same manner as we have been conditioned to think and question about our golf swing, we will likely continue to fall into … Continue reading Teaching vs. Learning
Rule #1: Have fun. Rule #2: Release the mindset of effort and trying. Imitate the way of a child. Allow learning to happen naturally without effort. Rule #3: If you find yourself addicted to seriosity in your golf practice……try curiosity. (See the 50 instinct-awakening golf exercises in Awaken Your Inner Golfer). Rule #4: If you’ve … Continue reading 10 Alternative Golf Rules….For Your Golf Practice
Stealth learning….what is that?! Stealth learning is “learning under the radar.” It is learning when you don’t know you’re learning; it is learning that occurs when the primary purpose of the activity is not just learning; stealth learning occurs when you are not trying to learn. Stealth learning happens when you “open your mind….to see … Continue reading Stealth Learning
Have you ever ventured to watch a golf tournament on television with the sound off? Try it, you may be surprised. Without the distraction and neurological stimulation of sound, we invite the opportunity to access and stimulate another part of our brain. I imagine that it would be similar to when people didn’t have television … Continue reading Sound Off!
Over the years there has been a lot of research and discussion about the roles of the left and right brain hemispheres in learning and performing tasks. Do they have different roles and functions? Do they operate independently or do they work together in concert? Is one side more dominant in some people? In her … Continue reading Learning and the Brain
Are you wabi-sabi about your golf swing, or do you strive for constant perfection? Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that has its roots in Buddhism and is the Japanese philosophy of embracing the beauty of imperfection. It embraces the qualities of awareness, humility, imperfection and transience. It honors the inherent cycle of life with its imperfections … Continue reading Wabi-Sabi
I recently read a short description from a holistic golf coach about his recent experience watching a golf swing review on television by a well-known golf instructor. There were two professional golfers observing the process of the well-known instructor analyzing an average amateur golfer’s swing. The golf instructor shows and tells what the amateur is … Continue reading Be in Your Body
What is ‘The Zone?’ In its simplest, the zone is analogous to ‘Flow.’ Then, what exactly is this thing called ‘flow?’ From the Awaken Your Inner Golfer book, “Flow is present moment awareness – attending to each moment as it streams, unobstructed, into the next without feeling a need to try or accomplish. When one … Continue reading The Zone
Awareness is a valuable function in the process of learning and improving an effective golf swing. In its simplest, awareness can be used interchangeably with consciousness. In order to stimulate the attribute of awareness and a deeper understanding of the body/mind flow in learning and performing a physical motor skill such as a golf swing, … Continue reading Awareness