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How Far Do You Hit the Ball?

June 14, 2016
How Far Do You Hit the Ball?

Think about the last three rounds you played.  How many of your approach shots finished past the pin?  That means your tee shot on a par three, second shot on a par four, or third shot on a par five. If you recall accurately, you probably found that you left most of your shots short […]

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Your Best Golf Year … Ever!

January 11, 2016
Your Best Golf Year … Ever!

The golf courses in Australia are all very busy at this time of year.  This seems especially so at Yarra Bend Golf Course in Melbourne.  A combination of warm weather and free time makes for enthusiastic golfers. Golf provides an endless challenge and also the opportunity of continued improvement.  The feeling of hitting a sweet shot […]

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What’s in a Name?

December 11, 2015 0 Comments
What’s in a Name?

Think of the most recent time you went to the driving range. If you were to give yourself a rating out of 10 for how well you practiced, with 10 being extremely productive, planned and led to noticeable improvement, how would you score yourself? If you marked yourself honestly – and who really marks themselves […]

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A Coach in your Pocket

July 15, 2015 0 Comments
A Coach in your Pocket

Have you ever filmed yourself swinging a golf club on your phone?  If you have, then you will probably notice that as your swing approaches impact the image becomes blurred because of the speed of the movement and the shaft bends really strangely.  Fast forward to today and there is no more blurring when you […]

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A Winning Philosophy

March 4, 2015 0 Comments
A Winning Philosophy

It was our first training session as members of the Melbourne Football Club’s scholarship team in 1977.  We had received our Demon’s uniform a few days earlier so identifying the other scholarship holders was pretty easy.  One thing we all had in common was the sense of awe we felt as we entered the bowels of […]

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Your Ticket to the Dream Life

February 26, 2015 0 Comments
Your Ticket to the Dream Life

Does the lure of an endless summer playing golf on carefully manicured courses for ridiculous sums of money seem like the dream life to you? It certainly does for the thousands of amateur and professional golfers who are looking to trade toasters and gift vouchers for substantial pay cheques. At the end of each year […]

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Learning from a Maestro

January 30, 2015
Learning from a Maestro

I use the flight time on my regular trips between Australia and Taiwan as reading time.  I picked up a book a few days ago go called Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy.  My mistake was to begin reading the book because once I started I couldn’t put it down. The book has lots of messages particularly […]

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Dave Buttifant: Sports Science and Ancient Greeks

January 23, 2015 0 Comments
Dave Buttifant: Sports Science and Ancient Greeks

It doesn’t matter how far sports science takes us in the future, there are lessons from the Ancient Greeks which are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. Today’s guest David Buttifant recognises this at the same time as he leads innovation in the sports science field. Dave is one of Australia’s […]

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James Tomkins: Perform under Pressure

January 16, 2015 0 Comments
James Tomkins: Perform under Pressure

Does the thought of taking a year off as part of preparation for and Olympic gold medal or World Championship performance scare you?  It did me.  But that is exactly what James Tomkins did after each Olympic campaign.  The result was three Olympic gold and one bronze medals together with seven World Championship gold medals. […]

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Instead of Setting Goals do this…

January 12, 2015 0 Comments
Instead of Setting Goals do this…

How are your New Years resolutions going?  I know we are only half way through the first month of the year, but if research around New Year’s resolutions, (which are goals) is even close to the truth, then most of you reading this article have already given up on them.  Maybe that’s a good thing. […]

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