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The human mind is unique in nature. The brain can be compared to other species, can be analyzed, tested, inspected, preserved and bottled. But the mind…well, what in the samhill is it? You can’t see it, hold it, test it, or even know it that well. But in golf, we get to experience it almost every time we address the ball. And at this U.S. Open at Pebble Beach we can almost catch a glimpse of the minds of every participant. “I’ve played this event where I’ve been very tense and other times I’ve been quite calm,” said Ernie Els after round 2. “And all I can say is that the times that I’ve been tense, my game wasn’t quite there. And there’s so much trouble that you’ve got to stop thinking about it. This week, I’m feeling all right.” ┬áThat’s Ernie revealing his mind in a way you’ll never hear Tiger reveal his. But Tiger does reveal his mind in his body language and coarse language (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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