Instinctive Golf Blog

The Art of Play and Learning

If you have any sort of golf practice routine I would like you to reflect on a few questions. Do you have a results-oriented golf practice? Or do you have a playful, curiosity-based, trial and error, exploration-related golf practice? One of these attitudes and orientations usually dominates a golf practice. Which do you think might … Continue reading The Art of Play and Learning

Golf Practice, Play… and Learning

Your most productive golf practice will come from having an attitude of “What can I learn?” Any other mindset is setting you up for frustration. Golf is a game that is imperfectable. It’s part of the lure of playing this game. The purpose of any game is to learn – about ourselves, our body/mind connection, … Continue reading Golf Practice, Play… and Learning


The concept of flow is a central theme in the Awaken Your Inner Golfer book. Cultivating flow is an effective path toward learning, improving and optimizing performance of any motor skill. From helping golfers understand the concept of kinesthetic intelligence (body smarts), to releasing fears and conditioned limitations, to guidelines and exercises for implementing an … Continue reading FLOW

Questions for Reflection

I would like to present some questions for you to ponder for your golf game and your golf life. There are no “right or wrong” answers, just “food for thought.” Are performance and enjoyment mutually exclusive, or mutually inclusive? Does ‘good’ performance bring you joy, or does a joyful and relaxed attitude bring you good … Continue reading Questions for Reflection

A Focus on Golf Swing Mechanics…or Not!

Traditional golf instruction seems to be dominated by technical analysis of golf swing mechanics. The development of video, computerization and golf ball flight analysis has influenced this trend. Perhaps also, this approach has become so pervasive and accepted as traditional golf instruction because technical golf swing instruction and analysis of golf swing mechanics speak to, … Continue reading A Focus on Golf Swing Mechanics…or Not!

Golf Swing Mechanics vs. Freedom of Movement

I recently read a very interesting book, Positive Impact Golf, by Brian Sparks, a golf professional and coach in the U. K. with a little bit of French influence. I would call the book and the author “outstanding” because he has the courage to “stand out” in questioning traditional golf instruction and its focus on … Continue reading Golf Swing Mechanics vs. Freedom of Movement

Golf Exercises vs. Golf Drills

Is it just a matter of semantics? What’s the difference between golf exercises and golf drills? Are they just different methods of learning? Is one method more effective than the other? Let’s examine golf exercises vs. golf drills. If you’ve followed some of my Instinctive Golf blog posts you probably realize that I often question … Continue reading Golf Exercises vs. Golf Drills