OK………. You’ve heard of an ” Oldie but Goodie”…….. well here’s one for you. One worth repeating and maybe, just maybe, worth grabbing a few suggestions off of.  This “Resolution” List is worth reading and worth implementing! Especially….. “Get Away Golf Outings”, Dressing the Part” and “Cussing Less”. A few of my favorites.  Can’t “walk” here at Hollywood Beach Golf Course, but you can talk to one of our pros about course management, course strategies or golf lessons! They certainly know what they’re talking about! See ya on the links. I’ll be the one dressed well and cussing less!!!

Normally I’m against New Year’s resolutions. Why wait for an arbitrary date to better yourself, rather than begin said improvement immediately? Plus, “New Year’s resolution” is really just a synonym for, “Your gym is going to be a zoo for the next six weeks.”
However, in our realm, New Year’s initiatives are pertinent, as it’s a time of genesis in golf. The PGA Tour season, after a brief sabbatical, returns on Jan. 7, and, as a large chunk of the Midwest and East Coast are experiencing unseasonably warm weather, hackers don’t have to wait until spring to satiate their golf appetite. Plus, according to a 1992 Encyclopaedia Britannica I found, the month of January is named for “Janus,” the Roman god of beginnings, making this a perfect juncture for new resolves.
While lowering one’s handicap or playing more rounds are nice ambitions, they’re not pragmatically attainable, either.

Instead, we offer 18 realistic endeavors for golfers seeking New Year’s resolutions:
Minimize on-course cussing:

I adhere to Ron Swanson’s view on swearing. Mainly, that there’s only one profanity: Taxes. If any other word is good enough for sailors, it’s good enough for you.
Yet, while cursing is fun, simple and — sometimes — just feels right, it goes against golf’s “gentleman’s game” ethos. It reveals a weak grasp of the English language, and creativity. Furthermore, a curse’s impact losses luster if dropped in every sentence.
In short, try to keep the f-bombs to a minimum.

Avoid hyperbolizing the pros:

Both fans and media are guilty of this faux pas. There is no room for centrism; everyone is the best, or a bum.
A year ago, we crowned Rory McIlroy the new emperor of the golf kingdom; a new era was born. Twelve months later, in a season where McIlroy won four times — an amount that would be a hell of a career, let alone campaign — we chalked 2015 as a “lost year” for Rors.
I’ve certainly harbored these sentiments, particularly at Dustin Johnson’s shortcomings. While he didn’t rise to the occasion this past summer, he did manage to finish in the top 10 at three of the four majors. Impressive in itself, it’s especially true once remembering he took a six-month leave from the game earlier in the year.
So, when someone misses a putt, don’t Tweet “(Player X) is a choke.” Conversely, we’ll cut back on the “Is Jordan Spieth on pace for the greatest career ever?” rhetoric. Deal?

Dress the part:

The golf dress code has become too casual at public joints. T-shirts, gym shorts, flip flops; somehow golf apparel mirrors the wardrobe of a college freshman who overslept. I’d throw in the lack of tucked-in shirts as well.
You don’t need to wear slacks, or even golf shoes, to the course. But if there’s any question regarding ensembles, always err on the side of dressing up.

Campaign to get Bill Murray on the Ryder Cup:

There’s an open assistant spot on the U.S. squad, many which presume is saved for Phil Mickelson. But if Lefty makes the team virtue of his play, we need to fill that void. What better presence than Murray?
He’s in the Caddie Hall of Fame, he’s won at Pebble Beach, he’s served his country, and he can keep the mood light, a valuable asset given the uptight nature of the event.
Besides, Michael Jordan has been an assistant at past Presidents Cups, and it’s not like these positions really matter. Davis Love III is accessible via Twitter, so let’s start a year-long social drive to get Murray to Hazeltine.

Walk the walk:

I get the appeal of carts: Cup holders, GPS, you don’t have to carry your bag…all well and good. But we’re the only country where able-bodied golfers need wheels to get around the links; we look like a nation of sloths. Remember, the game is “a good walk spoiled,” not “enjoyable ride ruined.”
Walking and carrying your bag can burn double the amount of calories as opposed to riding. For those looking to keep the bag weight off their shoulders, grab a caddie or a pull cart.
Speaking of caddies…
Treat a caddie like a king:
Everyone has their own monetary, fiscal constraints. But if you have the means, go generous on paying the looper. For four-plus hours, they’re manning your WAY-too-heavy bag, giving advice, keeping spirits up, doing everything in their power to make sure you’re having the best experience possible.
That they have to do that while watching you hack it up is borderline valorous.

Travel back in time:

Oh, you can break par? Whoop-de-doo: You have a driver the size of a hubcap and irons more forgiving than Nelson Mendela. To decipher your true merit as a golfer, tee it up with persimmon woods and blades, and see if you can break 80.

Take an aspiring golfer under your wing:

A lot of us will strive for spending extra time at the range or practice green as a New Year’s goal. However, a better use of that time is assisting a fledging golfer. You don’t have to impart swing tips or playing instruction; save that for the club professionals. But you can teach them etiquette, general procedures and norms, even just accompany them to the range. Not only will you be sharing your love with the sport, but chances are you’ll learn something new in the process as well.

Shame “Baba Booey!” out of existence:

Howard Stern? Hilarious. His fans’ “Baba Booey!” catch phrase? Alright. Yelling said mantra at golf tournaments? Worse than getting the (rhymes with “blanks”).
We need to raise awareness against this ill. I never condone violence, but if you find yourself in proximity to a jabroni that screams this nonsense, feel free to pour your drink on them. Pretty sure that rationale will hold up in court.

Pen Jim Nantz’ victory call at the Masters:

I love Jim, but he’s toned his signature ending cries considerably. Flood Twitter during this year’s Masters with potential final calls — “Amidst the Augusta azaleas, a Rose blooms in Georgia!” — in the hopes that it gets on the CBS truck’s radar.

Devise a comically-bad alibi to skip work to watch, play golf:

When you die — SPOILER ALERT: You will die — I don’t think you’re going to be on your deathbed counting all those hours you spent laboring in the office. Instead of spending another Monday morning arguing with the IT desk about email connection, make a concerted effort to grab friends and head towards the fairways.
Trust me, the work isn’t going anywhere. But pleasurable experiences are fleeting, and should be cherished at every opportunity.
(By the way, the above paragraph is going to cost me dearly in the “Job Effort” portion of my work review.)

Orchestra a get-away golf outing:

Doesn’t have to be to Bandon Dunes or Myrtle Beach; it could simply be a course that’s off the beaten path from your usual commute. An out-of-the-way destination will take you out of your element, which is needed from time to time. Better yet, the journey adds another level of excitement, speciality and aura to the round.

No gimmes:

By all means, be as generous as possible towards others. To your own game, play the entire year without giving yourself a freebie. We’ve become too liberal towards gimme putts, and our collective putting has suffered because of it.
Not only will this improve your touch, it can serve as a barometer for the state of your game.

Play in a high-stakes match:

You discover a lot about yourself, as well as your partner, in a competitive setting. It gives a sense of what tour pros go through on a daily basis, and a purpose that’s sometimes missing in amateur golf.
Warning: Don’t let your enjoyment be dictated by your result. The aim is to enjoy the combative backdrop.
Refrain from any conversation regarding Tiger Woods’ future:
You may think he’s done. You may think he’s got eight major victories in the tank. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what you think, because he’s not going to be on the course anytime soon. And when he does, let’s not race to make any sweeping pronouncements on his performance.
Let it breathe, people.

Keep an open mind regarding golf’s return to the Olympics:

I’m all for ripping the Olympic committee, a group so corrupt it makes Spiro Agnew look like Robin Hood. But while many are lukewarm on golf’s return to the, ahem, “amateur” games, give it a chance. The format won’t facilitate the strongest field, yet any event boasting the likes of Spieth, McIlroy, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson is worth watching.

Call out a friend for behaving like a butthead:

We all have that colleague whose competitive fire burns a tad too bright. The one who sends emails with Vince Lombardi quotes the week before the outing or wants to discuss course management. This isn’t Operation Overlord; it’s a couple rounds of friendly golf. Note: if you can’t think of a buddy that this applies to, it means you’re probably the criminal in question.

If you’re like me, it’s easy to keep to yourself when a friend or playing companion is acting up. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the course is supposed to be a safe haven, a place to enjoy one’s self. You can say it doesn’t bother you, but no one is totally immune from a jackass’ disposition.
As much as I hate confrontation, I’m making a point this year to call people out on such expression. It’s one thing to let loose displeasure, another to act like a spoiled brat from “My Super Sweet 16”.  It might create an awkward moment, but those around you, as well as the guilty party, will be better off for it.


Quit drinking while on the course:

Hey, everyone makes one resolution they have no chance of keeping!!!
SOURCE: Joel Beall, Golf Digest

How To Keep Expectations In Check

I ran across a quote this morning from Lau Tzu that said, “Act without expectation.”  It hit me hard from a golf perspective and reminded me of a blog post I wrote a few years back.  That quote is going to become my own and my golfer’s mantra that I coach.  Below is the article that I wrote, enjoy!

I am really enjoying coaching junior golfers and helping them to understand the nuances of the game. When you are a young golfer there is a thought in your head (at least there was in mine) that one day when you get on the PGA TOUR your game will just be good and good all of the time. You think you will find some formula the best players have and poof you’ll be on tour and winning tournaments until you want to stop playing. Yes, the best players have a formula but it isn’t something you wake up with one day.

The formula is developed by practicing smart and learning how to trust your golf swing and game. The formula is keeping it simple and working extremely hard on those simple things and applying the coaching philosophy of Tony Dungy that in order to be great work on what you do well and perfect those things. We don’t want to neglect what we don’t do well, especially if we can improve our short game, wedge game and putting. But if you have a bad tournament or stretch it doesn’t mean to start over and change your philosophy, look for a new swing coach and think a new swing is the answer. Your focus should be on how can I make what I do and my strengths even stronger and put myself in position to maximize those skills.

As our golf games develop we invariably deal with expectations. Expectations to play well because of how we have been playing, what others think we should finish, or a great round the day before the tournament starts. Every golfer must keep their expectations in check. I have found the best way to accomplish that feat is for your goal to be anything but your score. Create simple goals within your round that are measurable but do not involve the outcome. Let them involve the process; your ability to pick out good targets, to walk and talk with confidence and to keep an even keel throughout the round regardless of where your shots end up.

The more attention you can pay to working on parts of your game that will impact your score the more confidence you will take with you into competition and the better you will be able to deal with adversity. Golf is a game of misses. We don’t hit many shots exactly how we pictured. Byron Nelson, one of the best ball strikers of all time used to say he would only hit about 5 shots just like he wanted in a round of golf. The great players manage their misses the best. They putt with great confidence and speed control. They have excellent distance control with their wedges and know how to flight the ball. Above all, they swing with abandonment and let it go. They trust themselves and know the more they can swing freely the better results they will get even if that means the occasional loose shot.

I urge all parents to be mindful of potential expectations you put on your golfers. Children want to please their parents and it is natural that they would want to shoot good scores to make mom and dad happy. What is important is that your expectations for them involve things other than score. I encourage you to watch your golfer and see how they handle themself throughout the round. Is he or she up-beat, smiling and walking with confidence? Are they staying focused and patient during the course of the round regardless of the outcome? These are a few things to start measuring or judging them on. If you can start to make these your goals for them, both golfer and parent will enjoy the journey more.

Remember, golf is a game, a game that mirrors life. In our professional endeavors we don’t have parents and loved ones looking over our shoulder at the office critiquing every presentation we give or judging us based on every phone call we make. Even in school, every project or test isn’t analyzed with a fine tooth comb. The teachers give us a grade and if we didn’t do well we are told to study harder for the next test. If we apply this type of behavior on the golf course the game will remain fun and the scores will be the best they could be for that day. Golf is great because it always starts over every day. We have another 18 holes to go play. We have a 1st tee shot to hit and a last putt to hole. If we can get a little better each time we go out, our games will be where we hope when it’s time to pick a college or make a decision about playing professionally. Remember to play the game and enjoy the walk!

Take the One Month Meditation Challenge

Golf and life mirror each other in so many ways.  In addition to creating more peace of mind in your life, your golf game will benefit greatly from meditation.  Spend a few moments reading the below on an easy way to create a new habit.  It is said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, so go ahead and commit to meditating every day for one month and I assure you will see many added benefits to your life and golf game.

If you complete the challenge, Josh McCumber will be holding a live video clinic next month from Hollywood, Florida.  Details will follow on how you can watch the lesson from your computer or mobile device.

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Chris “the Kiwi” from Athletic Greens sent this below email.

One of the best ways to build positive momentum towards a healthier and happier life is to make meditation a daily habit.

It only takes a few minutes a day, doesn’t require much effort, and you can do it from your bed right after you wake up.

Here are my suggestions for you to kick off more effective meditation…

1) Start with 10 minutes per day.

10 minutes is all you need to start noticing the positive effects – and it’s a short amount of time, which makes it easier to stick with the habit.

2) Sit up straight with hands on your lap and both feet on the ground.

By sitting up, you’ll be more aware and alert – and avoid dozing off.

3) Scan your body.

Mentally scan your body from head to toe, and observe any tension or discomfort. Then, notice any thoughts that arise, as well as your underlying mood.

4) Consider your “why”. 

Pause for around 30 seconds and consider why you’re sitting and meditating. Recognize any expectation or desire you have, breath in, breath out, and just let it go.

5) Focus on your breath.

Simply observe the rising and falling sensation of your breathing. Focus on the quality of each breath – whether each breath is deep or shallow, long or short, fast or slow.

Then, silently count your breaths. One as you inhale, two as you exhale, three on the next inhale, and so on, until you get to ten. Then, restart at one.

If you notice your attention drift off, calmly bring it back and start silently counting again.

Try and exhale fully with each breath, letting your rib cage come down. Just doing this alone for a series of breaths will help move your nervous system out of fight or flight and into the parasympathetic state (rest and digest). BIG WIN.

6) Do it at the same time every day (many find mornings right after you wake up is best).

Mornings are usually best, because it puts you into a good frame of mind to start your day – and it’s also when most of us have the most control over our time.

7) Keep the streak going.

Once you commit to meditating every day, try not to break the streak. The positive momentum will feel awesome. Three days, then five, then ten, and so on – you’ll feel like you’re making some serious progress.

8) Use the right resources

There are a lot of great meditation resources out there. Smartphone apps like these will help you develop and stick to the habit, while also guiding you through some powerful meditation sessions:

(-) Headspace. Headspace has 10, 15, and 20 minute guided meditation sessions. It guides you through the same meditation process we outline in this email.

(-) 10% Happier. This app offers meditation courses and one-on-one teachers to help you get started with meditation.

(-) Brain.Fm. This app offers guided and unguided meditations, combined with binaural brainwaves that make it easier for you to focus.

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Get Your Kids Into Golf

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The Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf

By Player Development Committee
PGA of America

Series: Youth Golf

Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 | 11:54 a.m.

Junior Golf in the United States is exploding! Thanks in part to programs like PGA Junior League Golf, Drive, Chip and Putt and PGA Junior Golf Camps, more families and youth than ever are discovering why golf is the game of a lifetime.

Now you can too!

Below is a list of the “Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf” as recommended by the Player Development Committee of the PGA of America – a group dedicated to introducing the game to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

  1. Develop Life Long Benefits: Benefits of golf include making life-long friends and learning a game that can be played.
  2. Spend Quality Time with Family: Golf can be an event around which all family members can gather for several hours. It is a great opportunity for parents to provide positive feedback and encouragement to children.
  3. Spending Time Outdoors: Walking and being active in the outdoors allows for breathing in fresh air and establishes healthy exercise habits, far beyond indoor video games or television.
  4. Business Skills: In addition to etiquette and the ability to play comfortably with new acquaintances, golf teaches self-confidence, improves the ability to work with numbers, and applies problem solving skills that are critical in business.
  5. Anyone Can Play: Men, women, children, people from all over the globe and all walks of life come together on a golf course. The diversity found on a golf course opens young golfers to a broader view of the world and all people.
  6. Self-Improvement: Golf challenges the player toward constant self-improvement. Players analyze what they did well and what has to change to improve. Players develop habits of self-improvement by self-analysis skills, seeking professional instruction, and accepting critiques from others.
  7. Etiquette and Values: Golf has a rich tradition of etiquette which lives on today. Playing golf teaches youth how to behave towards self and others, and imparts values such as truthfulness and strength during adversity.
  8. Health: Golf is an active game and is less injury prone than contact sports. Conditioning for golf improves strength of core muscles that support the spine, improves flexibility, and allows participants the opportunity to be active and fit.
  9. Controlling Emotions: In golf as in life, there are achievements and disappointments. Learning from mistakes and overcoming obstacles improves a player’s game, and teaches them to optimistically carry out the same pattern in day to day life.
  10. Fun: Young people grow up too quickly in today’s busy, technological world. Gathering with friends to play golf gives young golfers the opportunity to spend enjoyable times in friendly competition or collegial companionship.

Source: pga.com