No matter who we are or what we do, we all feel pressure at times. Whether it's on the golf course or at work or when you're the emcee at your friend's wedding reception and everyone is counting on you not to stink. Achieving anything in life will have some level of pressure associated with it, therefore pressure isn't something we should avoid, but rather something we should embrace.
The mental side of golf can sure feel like a mind warp sometimes. One day you're in the zone and think you have FINALLY figured it out. At that moment you know you are never going to let yourself slip out of the zone ever again. Then the next day your mind seems to be your own worst enemy. Ugh. We've all been there. My belief is that being in the zone (or not) comes down to a battle between the primitive part of our brain and our higher levels of consciousness...
There is a plethora of golf instruction information and quick tips out there -- books, magazines, websites, tweets, YouTube videos -- you name it. I typically ignore most of it. Why? Well, how does someone who has never watched me swing a golf club know what I need to do to improve? However, there are some quality instructional books out there which have caught my eye and I couldn't help but pick it up ...
This past Friday I visited Lyle Helland at Simply Golf in Calgary to have my golf clubs fitted for the upcoming season. I chose Simply Golf because everyone I talked to in the golf industry unanimously agreed that Lyle is the most knowledgeable guy around when it comes to club fitting. We got started by filling in a detailed form about my golf game. Lyle took a genuine interest in my game and left no stone unturned when it came to understanding it, what my concerns were, and what my goals as a golfer are.
With the holiday season almost upon us, we're all starting to think about gifts for those special people in our lives. If you have a special someone in your life who is a golfer, consider yourself lucky as the holidays approach. There are a plethora of gift options for the golfer, many of which you've probably explored already. However, if you want to surprise them with something creative ...
When someone is feeling confident, it's common sense that it's likely accompanied by good posture, a smile, eye contact, and maybe even a bounce in their step. Conversely when someone isn't feeling confident, they may have poor posture, will talk quietly, and are more likely to drag their feet when they walk. Is confident body language simply a … Continue reading How Body Language Can Improve Your Golf Game
Setting goals is an important step in achieving anything beyond ordinary. Most people know in the back of their mind what they want to achieve, but that doesn't constitute goal setting. It's important to write goals down, and break them down into smaller short-term components to pave the pathways to your bigger, longer term goals. … Continue reading Road To Scratch Update: Setting Goals for the 2015 Golf Season
I saw a tweet today that caught my eye and provoked a lot of thought about the mental and physical aspects of golf. https://twitter.com/OracleRio/status/534768937813426176 Obviously it's intended to be humorous and possibly poke fun at the frenzy of mental game preachers out there who claim the only thing holding you back is your mental game. … Continue reading Golf: Mental or Physical?
As a blanket of snow fell on Alberta this weekend, it forced me to come to terms with the fact that the off-season is officially upon us. Depending where you live, obviously, the length of your off-season can be highly variable. Whether your off-season is dictated by weather, self imposed, or driven by other factors … Continue reading What Does the Off-Season Mean to You?
When my good buddy and golf professional Myles Johnson from Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club read my latest post about side bets providing a source of motivation on the golf course, he offered an additional suggestion. He told me, "Set a low number with a friend, and any time one of you shoots that number … Continue reading The Going Low Mentality