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“But the golf swing isn’t a natural thing”

This is often the argument presented when I tell others that most modern instruction is too technical and doesn’t work too well*. My response? But learning is instinctive to us all. So despite the fact that nobody is born with a golf club in their hand, we all possess an amazing capacity to learn. Sadly,…

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A very simple golf lesson

Amanda is a 16 year old golfer. She’s talented but a little stuck. Her coach told me that she has been “messed up” and is working on getting her game back on track. I could see right away she has a flair for the game. She wasn’t interested in talking, but preferred to putt and…

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Key Ingredient for better golf

It’s tempting to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Change putter. Work on your grip. Fix your pivot. Adjust your stance. Swing softly. Nobody is probably going to laugh at you if you try lots of stuff. You may even get someone’s approval. It’s almost accepted as normal. But…

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The proper way to improve your skill

Aussie Rules football is highly competitive. Lots of money and teams will do almost anything to get an edge. Collingwood FC have just employed a skill acquisition coach. In my mind this is where improvement is going to be found. Typically, these teams employ past players who are conditioned to think the same way. A…

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The fear of learning

I can think of some horrible times I was paralysed with fear. I was too scared to take the club away – worried that my swing would deviate from plane or I’d cock my wrists the wrong way. Thank god those days are over! Why are golfers so afraid of making mistakes? A school of…

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A golfer’s mindset

Here’s a quote from Adrian Otaegui. Never heard of him? Neither had I but this young Spaniard birdied 5 holes in a row on route to a second round 62 in the latest offering on the European Tour. Here’s what he had to say: “I was focused and didn’t know that I had made five…

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This would never happen …

Tiger Woods walks into a pro shop and asks the instructor for a lesson. If the pro had any integrity he might say something like this, “Are you serious? You’re Tiger, like the best player ever! I’m not interested. Here’s my best advice: Stop mucking about with your swing and over analyzing. Dude! You’re Tiger…

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A better golf lesson

“I must be lifting my head. I’m doing something wrong. I can’t hit the ball!”. These were the comments coming from Andrew. No doubt he was struggling a bit with his golf game, but he was about to get some Strachan coaching. Me: You’re not lifting your head! This is a story you’re making up…

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