Permission

I was thinking about this website and what my golf coaching style offers. It’s a tough thing to answer but if I had one word it would be permission.

Permission to try something different
Permission to play in a way that feels good to you
Permission to follow your gut
Permission to break a few rules
Permission to play golf your way

We all want to succeed but we don’t want to stand out from the crowd. We want to conform. The “system” likes it when we’re all Sheeple, follow the norm and don’t rock the apple cart. But how is that working for you?

The paradox is you need to be different from the majority to succeed. And for that you may need permission to get started and to know that someone has your back.

How do you really want to play? There’s really nothing stopping you.

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12 Comments

  • Lukey

    Reply Reply August 31, 2012

    There isn’t anything to stop us is there
    Cheers Lukey

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply September 1, 2012

      Nope, it’s up to you to get out there and play how you want. It’s quite an interesting question to ask, “how do I want to play?”.

  • Steady

    Reply Reply August 31, 2012

    Cam,
    the cookie cutter approach just doesn’t work in any sport. Technique is important but playing the game is even MORE impoprtant.
    We have education/coaching systems and mindsets based on a one size fits all approach.
    As long as people are critised for being different you will always get people who are too scared to step out of the circle and be different.
    Cameron I think the biggest problem golfers have is that they are too scared to learn for themselves and have someone tell them/instruct how to do it.
    To all who read this bite the bullet. Learn for yourself.
    Not me, Cam or anyone else for that matter can help those who don’t have the balls to step up and enjoy the freedom that comes with playing Auto golf.
    Only when you take that first and vital step and continue on your journey, then you can say that you have succedded in gaining confidence in what you learn, applying it on the course and walk off with the scars of your achievement. YES YOU HAVE PERMISSION.
    ta Steady

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply September 1, 2012

      Steady: Cookie cutter didn’t work too well for me. It is derived on hard work and technique – not overly exciting, boring if you ask me.

      When you realise that you can do things your way a whole new world of possibilities open up. There is more than one way to skin a cat that’s for sure.

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply August 31, 2012

    Cam,

    I really think putting is a great place to start with your method, I have “experimented” with my putting over the last few months, open stance, straight back, upright, crouched etc. I can hit four footers in the house trying all sorts of variations, fine tuning i now have a repeatable relaxed putting style that works for me. It feel it easier to start your method with putting and less frustrating easy to get instant feedback on what is working and it is a simple stroke without to much to get in the way, just stroking balls with awareness.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply September 1, 2012

      Andrew: Gotta say I found something similar. When my putting was the pits I spent ages trying to get things sorted. It’s often easier to apply the techniques with putting and then progress. The slower swing speed also aides in the awareness stuff and gives a great reference for later on. Thanks for posting.

  • Cam280

    Reply Reply August 31, 2012

    G’day Cam, just finished a black marker comp at Ipswich. Tee to green awesome but they just cored and sanded the greens, did my head in!. Sure everyone has the same conditions but come on putting for eagle and walking off with a double WTF. How does one cope with those conditions. On a happier note I passed on your website to my playing partner. He has just got over a major form slump after a lesson from a PRO?. You are definitely leading the way when it comes to auto pilot!. But how does your sub-conscious deal with greens that can best be described as beaches!. I tried everything to get out of my own way but I just had to buy into 3 putting and 4 putting and 5 putting. It makes you want to give the game away. They even had the pins in notorious positions, why would they do that its stupid and I bet the C.C.R doesn’t change. I just want to get my handicap down. Anyway thats my rant for the day sorry to unload my crap on you.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply September 1, 2012

      Cam280: I played yesterday on dodgy greens and didn’t putt well. At the time I can get a little annoyed, it’s frustrating to hit a good shot then lip out the first putt and then miss a simple one because of a bad bounce, but afterwards I realise it’s part of the game. If the greens never got renovated they would be terrible all year round – and this wouldn’t be good for anyone. Also, you should never be 4 and 5 putting (maybe once in a blue moon is acceptable). You need to look at your game honestly here – were you applying yourself? Did you give up and start whacking the ball too hard? Sometimes it’s easy to blame outside influences when really it is all about you (I had wrote about this recently here)

      Finally, I’m convinced worry about your handicap is bullshit (to be blunt). It’s a stupid number that is only a reflection of your skill, talent and golf game. It’s not you. It also tends to be an ego thing – “I play off 9”, sounds great at a party. But it really is just a number that affects so many golfers. I have been guilty of recent times of thinking too much about it and it’s just a waste of energy. If I were you I’d keep playing, stick to what feels good to you, be honest, don’t worry about others and have some fun and your handicap will take care of yourself.

      In a stupid golf way, the less you worry about it the lower it becomes. Let me know your thoughts on this one Cam.

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply August 31, 2012

    “Permission to play golf your way”. Yep, I would say thats a fair assessment. Cameron has certainly challenged me to lift my eyes and think about what I really want out of this game. I’ve questioned just about everything I’ve been doing and after quite a journey I now feel like I’ve got a golf “system” that works for me. An important part of that system these days are my 1 Iron Golf clubs (same length irons). The logic of them appealed to me, David Lake (the supplier) answered the few remaining questions I had so in the end I just gave myself permission to follow my gut and “break the rules” and bought them. I like them. They simplify the game for me and have really given my confidence a boost. Don’t be put off by the conventional wisdom that says they can’t work. They certainly do for me.

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply September 1, 2012

      GP: You’ve come a long way over the years and I think have a game that 99.999% of the golfing public would be envy of. Problem is they would be too blind to even realise what you have.

      Would love to get a detailed report on the clubs from you – sure others would like to hear it too.

      What do you like about them?
      What don’t you like?
      Any problems?
      Are the short-long irons good?
      How do the longer-short irons go?

      Etc. You will come up with better questions and some profound answers.

  • Grayden Provis

    Reply Reply September 1, 2012

    “Would love to get a detailed report on the clubs from you…” Yes, I’ve been thinking of doing that. Writing things down is how I teach myself apart from anything else. I could write a TON about them – I’ve realized you’re actually buy a way of playing golf as much as a set of clubs – but I’ll try and keep it under “War and Peace” 🙂

    • Cameron

      Reply Reply September 2, 2012

      Look forward to it GP

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