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NO ORDINARY MR JONES

NO ORDINARY MR JONES I recently had the pleasure in presenting a #YOURGOLFCHALLENGE evening to the members at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s.   It was a wonderful evening with a packed clubhouse – men, women, juniors and seniors of all levels and abilities coming together, curious about how they could look to improve their game in a different way.   At this point, though, I must declare a special interest in that Lytham does have a very special place in my golfing heart.   As a youngster, I can vividly remember being entranced by golf for the first time as a dashing young Spaniard called Severiano Ballesteros won his first Major Championship on the windswept Fylde links.   At times during that 1979 Open, Seve carted the ball…

A MAGICAL MASTERS MINDSET

A MAGICAL MASTERS MINDSET There is a wonderful picture of a very young, fresh faced, short haired, Seve Ballesteros excitedly shaking hands with Gary Player on the final green of the 1978 US Masters at Augusta.  He was later to say what he had just witnessed gave him tremendous inspiration for the rest of his great and illustrious career. That inspiration was because he had witnessed at first hand one of the greatest final rounds in the history of Major championship golf.  Going into the final round, South African Gary Player, found himself trailing leader Hubert Green by seven shots. Nobody gave him a chance being so far back. He wasn’t even on the winner’s radar!  Player, though, had different ideas. His final round started…

DOROTHY TOOK THE CHALLENGE AT 91 YEARS YOUNG!!

Sat on the very front row taking lots of notes and actively joining in the Mind Factor evening at The Herefordshire GC last night. There she was, Dorothy.  Nothing unusual in that you are thinking. Perhaps not but Dorothy is 91 years old!!! The first woman President of the golf club and still playing regularly!     Dorothy took the #YOURGOLFCHALLENGE and resolved to keep working at improving her putting from inside 10 feet.   When new Head Professional Stuart Rank took the job at The Herefordshire, membership had been on the decline for some time.  But he has decided to approach the club with a mindset of POSSIBLE.  He could have thought that a Mind Factor evening wasn’t for the members, it’s ‘not their…

ROYAL TROON TOOK THE #YOURGOLFCHALLENGE !

ROYAL TROON TOOK THE #YOURGOLFCHALLENGE ! It was a very cold February night but as soon as I walked into the clubhouse the welcome warmed me up!  It was a great privilege to present to a full clubhouse at the scene of last year’s epic Open Championship, Royal Troon.  It is a wonderful golfing location and I could not have been made to feel more welcome. Over 90 members attended the #YOURGOLFCHALLENGE workshop, where I shared with them some thoughts and ideas of how to get the best from their golf this year.  But, more importantly, to set themselves a PERSONAL challenge which would inspire them to take action. It is interesting to see the response to the idea of a challenge. Kieron Stevenson, Head…

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF COACHING??

Who do you consider to be a great coach? The argument can sometimes be a controversial one, especially when football and rugby rivalries come into play. Yet, have you ever heard of a man called John Wooden? I suspect if you are from the USA the answer will definitely be yes, from this side of the pond maybe no. John Wooden was named by an admittedly US focused website called sportingnews.com as the greatest coach of all time. He was a basketball coach nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood”. He won ten NCAA national basketball championships in a 12-year period as Head Coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than two in a row. During this period,…

WHAT IS YOUR EVEREST??

WHAT IS YOUR EVEREST? In 1953, New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to be confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest along with the Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.  The two men forever claimed their place in the annals of history that day. TIME magazine later named Hillary as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Can you begin to imaging what it must have felt like at the end of that incredibly arduous and dangerous journey as the two men literally looked down on the world from its highest summit? The sense of exhilaration must have been total. I believe when Edmund Hillary was asked why he climbed Everest, he simply said ‘Because it’s there!’ What…

TOM HEATON TOOK THE CHALLENGE …. WILL YOU?

TOM HEATON TOOK THE CHALLENGE …. WILL YOU? Three years ago, Tom Heaton, Burnley and England Goalkeeper set himself what seemed an impossible challenge Out of range Not possible Highly unlikely Listen to what he had to say…. Tom set himself a challenge What seemed very unlikely became a POSSIBILITY. To back this up he took ACTION Daily Weekly Monthly He realised the importance of coaching and accountability Tom stuck to the plan Will you set yourself a challenge? Will you invest in your future? Or will things stay the same? Set YOUR own challenge It almost doesn’t matter what it is as long as it is something that lights your fires and moves you towards a full and meaningful life doing the things you…

YOU CAN’T GIFTWRAP A DOWNLOAD!!

Ever tried gift wrapping a download as a Christmas present??!!   Forget it!!  You can’t!!  More importantly, fancy saving £169.80??!! The madness of the festive season is now upon us.  This Christmas package of CDs is fantastic value to buy as a bundle.  FIVE of my best selling products, give one to 5 of your golfing friends.  Or, go on, TREAT yourself! Available to MIND FACTOR subscribers ONLY.  Miss the madness of the shops but don’t miss the posting deadlines!!  Snap this special offer up NOW. The Putting Factor £ 49.95                       Mind Traps £ 49.95   For Women Golfers £ 49.95                 5 Shots Lower £ 49.95      …

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS??

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS??  Congratulations to MIND FACTOR client Annabel Dimmock who secured her Ladies European Tour card for 2017 with a career best finish of 5th in the Qatar Ladies Open!! Annabel had a mental game plan and stuck to it! The result was a great testament to the work she has done over the years with her coach,  Lawrence Farmer.  I have known Lawrence for many years and his coaching is outstanding. Do you have a plan for the next 12 months? Six months? What about the month ahead? This week in fact? It is very easy at this time of year to switch off completely and get into the festive mood which seems to now start somewhere…

YOUR MIND FACTOR

YOUR MIND FACTOR A few days ago, I completed my Mind Factor Course which I run once a year ONLY, every year in Manchester.  This is a course for players and coaches who wish to improve their game.  It was great to be involved with such a diverse and wide ranging group of people, with the likes of European Tour stars such as Phil Archer to Olivier Blanc-Tailleur, a French Fighter Pilot who is a golfing nut to Nick Middleton, the inventor of the Green Stage to Dave O’Sullivan one of the best physios in professional sport. The group interacted fantastically well with a common goal of game improvement and a willingness to share information and experiences. It is something as golfers we don’t do…

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