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Now that the summer is winding down, it is time to reflect on how you played, what you did well, what you could have done better and what you are willing to work on. The wish The progression of improvement starts with a wish. You might say to yourself, “I wish I could play better.” I wish I could break 100, 90, 80, 70.” “I wish I could putt better, chip better, hit my dr…

Business

If you knew what caused a bad shot and could make the necessary changes to correct it, would you do it? Of course you would. Why wouldn’t you? I find people sometimes have mental blocks when it comes to focusing on the task at hand. Their subconscious mind prevents them from paying attention to what they want to do, and then they continue to get the same result. I am…

Golf

My whole life I have been told I’m not good enough. My big dream was to play on the LPGA Tour. I knew I needed to play college golf so I could get good enough. The trouble was, I didn’t know which schools had women’s teams. I wrote to Golf Digest Magazine and asked them if anyone there knew. They wrote back. The school that sounded good to me was the University of Miami…

Sports

Finally, the weather is improving and most of us have had a chance to get out and play. How are you doing?  Are you happy with your game? Hitting it the way you like? Getting it up and down? Making most of your putts? Or, are you struggling?  That slice just has not disappeared.  Maybe you are continuing to chunk your chips? I have had the honor of witnessing an extreme…

Golf

How important is the ability to bounce back and recover from a setback in golf? It's only the most important thing. Why? Because we all miss shots. The Players Championships is this week. The first-round leaders — Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley — played terribly last Saturday in Orlando at Bay Hill. Bradley shot 75 and Fleetwood shot 76. Why is that a big deal…

Golf

How difficult is it to change your game? Pretty difficult. As I watched the final round of the Phoenix Open earlier this month, I felt as though I was watching a repeat of a few years ago. Rickie Fowler was playing well and all of sudden he made a couple bad swings, and everything changed. No longer leading. Doesn't win the tournament. This year, it appeared the s…

Golf

Anything and everything to do with the game of golf was happening last week in Orlando with the annual PGA Merchandise Show. The week started with Demo Day on Tuesday. Held at Orange County National Golf Club, you got an opportunity to try all the latest equipment. Orange County’s driving range and practice facility are the largest in America, so this was the perfect pl…

Golf

With the holidays almost over, my question for you is, “What do you want to improve for 2019?" When I ask my students what they want, the stock answer I get about 95 percent of the time is, “I want to be more consistent.” "Great," I would respond, “Define consistent for me.” Sometimes they don’t have an answer. I would define it as being able to hit the same shot …

Golf

Winter is the perfect time to work on your golf game. We are fortunate to have two golf domes in the area to practice. First, though, you need a plan. Here are a few questions for you to consider: 1. What would you love to change? 2. If you could fix one thing about your game, what would it be? 3. How much time/money are you willing to invest in improving? I…

Golf

Most of us have taken a big number on a hole. “How big?” Well, one of my students made a 15 on a par-four in a tournament this year.  Another made a 12 on a par-five. My biggest number ever is an 11 on a par-four. How can anyone do that? I would tell you, at the time it was easy. Not so funny, right? How can you avoid tragedy? Know your game. What are you cap…

Golf

Have you ever stood over a shot, ready to pull the trigger, and you hear a small voice say, “Warning! Don't swing! Something is wrong!”  Then you hear another voice say, “Go ahead and hit it.  Everyone is waiting for you.” Then you hit the shot, miss the shot, and say to yourself, “I should have backed off and started over.” Why does that happen? Your subconscious mi…

Golf

What does it take to get better?  That depends.  Depends on what?  It depends on what you are looking for.  Are you trying to lower your score by a few shots or drastically change your handicap? Do you have realistic goals and expectations or are you in dream land? Pressure is a privilege. Once you embrace the opportunity, everything changes. I have an eight-step check …

Golf

In my preview column, I explained the nail. What is your why?  You need to decide if you are motivated by stopping pain or seeking reward.  I have found that many of my students are avoiding the truth.  They either don’t understand the cause of their failure or refuse to acknowledge it. Denial is not a good thing. When the Legends Tour was first starting, I was on a mis…