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I had observed and wondered about Louis Oosthuizen’s habit of looking down at his hands before commencing his swing. Turns out he was looking at a red dot which he had inked on his glove, a major key in his amazing win at the British Open in July. The dot, he explained later, was his link to the present moment, his device to keep his mind settled and focused rather than spinning in all directions as he, a relative unknown from South Africa, sat on a shaky lead. I have since dotted my own glove with the now famous red dot.

It’s a great lesson for all of us. (more…)

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I am a great driving range player. I have my off days but for the most part I look like a pro on the range. In fact, people sometimes come up and compliment me on my swing, asking how I developed it. What I’m thankful for is that they usually don’t follow that up inquiring about my handicap. For, as we well know, playing great on the range does not guarantee playing great on the course. The problem, I think, is physical and mental, perhaps even spiritual, when you consider the nebulous arena of concentration. At any rate, all of these factor into preparing to play the game of golf.

We get into a kind of mini-groove on the range. We get comfortable and relaxed. We get confident. The lies are nearly perfect. We are fresh and alert, and only need to reach over and rake another ball to the hitting area. Fatigue is a minor problem, a factor nearer to the end of the bucket. Unless you’re practicing with a buddy, no one is talking to you between shots. Your concentration is solid. You are deep into golf meditation.You have your off days at the range. A personal problem may be distracting you. A physical problem may be the cause, throwing off your concentration. Still, it is easier to establish or regain concentration at the range than on the course.

Concentration is focusing on one thing at a time in such a way (more…)

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