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Lesson 4: Simplify the Complex ~Brad Brewer, Top 100 Teacher

March 14, 2014 4:13 pm

Spring temperatures are here in Orlando and the anticipation of this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, just days away, always creates a fun buzz in the air. It’s time to prepare for your best summer of golf and it need not include any “March Madness”. My intention by sharing this next lesson from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Lessons for Golf, Business and Life is to inspire you to just keep it simple.

Lesson 4
Simplify the Complex

Should you ever cross paths with any of my students from the past twenty years, they will undoubtedly remember my recitation of a favorite Arnold Palmer quote:

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. A child can play it well and a grown man can never master it. Any single round of it is full of unexpected triumphs and perfect shots that end in disaster. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle without an answer. It is gratifying and tantalizing, precise and unpredictable; it requires complete concentration and total relaxation. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening–and it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.

That brilliantly sums up everything that the great and beautiful game of golf is and can be. I’ve thought about these words for years, and I’ve arrived at a simple conclusion: I’m drawn to Mr. Palmer’s perspective for no other reason than this—he is right!

Back-to-the-Basics Simplicity

Given how foundational Palmer’s philosophy of simplifying complexity has been to me, I’ve naturally been curious about how and where it originated. During a visit to his Latrobe office, I decided to ask.

“What has helped you keep your thoughts so deceptively simple about such complex things?” I asked. Arnold leaned back in his chair, rubbed his chin, and gazed out the window, his eyes brightening, his gaze settling on the distant course. “It was the way my father and mother raised me,” he began. “My dad taught me how to play, and he would keep it to the basic fundamentals, like a good grip, steady head, and the need to just hit it hard! That was fun for me, and it gave me great satisfaction to strike the ball this way when I was a young man. As I progressed during my career, if I ever felt like I was out of sorts, I would just go back to these simple thoughts, and I would find that ‘solid ball-striking’ that leads to winning golf tournaments again. “But I have seen many fellow competitors get twisted into knots,” he continued, “trying new things and searching for that magical swing, though to no avail. In fact, some unfortunate fellows just over-thought themselves right off the Tour and out of competitive golf. I tried to keep all of my energy focused on my goal of winning every tournament that I entered. My thought was to create and execute good shots, one at a time. Not perfect swings, but keeping it simple with basic fundamentals that produced the good golf shots that proved to serve me well.”

Breaking Bad Habits
As a pro whose responsibility it is to “fix” the broken swings of my students, I find Palmer’s “swing thoughts” refreshingly (though deceptively) simple. Mere mortals like us might easily discount them. After all, unlike Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, many of us didn’t begin playing golf as a young boy or girl, or benefit from a parent or coach instilling good golfing habits back then. There’s a tremendous advantage in learning these simple lessons at a young age, before faulty habits set in and negative thoughts become the norm. Fortunately, just because you didn’t begin playing at age six doesn’t mean that you can’t reprogram your habits toward achieving what you want to accomplish.

If you’ve only picked up the game as an adult, take heart. The vast majority of players out there have done the very same thing. Elevating your game begins with awareness that certain fundamentals are necessary to develop a repeatable shot pattern. This newly practiced paradigm will require conscious thought for a while, with several repetitions, before it becomes your newly formed habit. What I’m suggesting is nothing new, of course, but a return to the basic fundamentals of the game can be one of the most important things a golfer can do.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. ~Mark Twain

How long does it take to develop good golfing habits? Of course, every individual is unique, but scientists have studied the length of time the average person needs to reach a level of what they call “automaticity” for a particular skill, referring to the ability to do something without having to force it or struggle to break an old habit. (You might hear someone say they “don’t even have to think” about what they’re doing, but that’s rarely the case in sports. Show me a golfer who doesn’t think about his shots, and I’ll show you a golfer who spends most of his time looking for errant balls.) Researchers have discovered that when it comes to forming a new habit, the length of time needed ranges from 18 to 254 days, but the average person takes approximately 66 days. That might seem like a long time, but it’s less than a summer, and, given that we’re emphasizing simplicity, I’ve discovered that my average student can usually break faulty habits and form new ones in only a couple of weeks. Personally, I would strongly suggest finding a good certified LPGA or PGA teaching professional who can help you define your basics, simplify your thoughts, and have more fun.

At the root of Arnold Palmer’s advocacy for simplicity is the fact that he’s also well grounded in the moment. Despite his credentials in the Hall of Fame, he still remembers what it’s like to be starting out in the game, and he understands that if you’re going to do anything complicated well for a long period of time, you have to keep it simple, a paradox he is more philosophical about than most golfers. “One of the most fascinating things about golf,” he has said, “is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot, the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.” It’s this internal drive that keeps him playing into his eighties, always challenging the complex but never quite satisfied with his ability to keep things simple.

And so Mr. Palmer’s lessons are simple, even though he knows that execution and accomplishment very often are not. Even the King himself is well aware of the limitations posed by golf’s complexity. “If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning,” Palmer once cracked, “hold up a one-iron. Not even God can hit a one-iron.”

This week I was working with an LPGA client and her sports psychologist. These “meetings of the minds” in the past, often became about me receiving a lecture about loading too many “swing thoughts” causing “analytical left brain” overload of the golfer. This session was refreshingly different as I was complimented by the good doctor for simplifying the mechanics. Our objective in this session was for the player and her coaches to be very specific about what her core fundamental feelings were and what drills would support this current development. In a short while, it became very apparent this man truly understood how to grow and prepare a high performance athlete for their best performance. He stated, “We are going to define your warm up routine as it doesn’t make sense for you to come out of the gate trying to create shots until you have warmed up with your core fundamentals.” Once you have gone through your core fundamental exercises, then and only then are you ready to begin shifting into your creative mind of executing specific shots as required for the course.” This philosophy and strategy will spare this player much frustration! Simplifying the Complex, the simpler the better!

Enjoy “Spring Training” with us in Orlando and get a huge jump start on a great summer of golf. Call direct, 407.996.3306, email, contact@bradbrewer.com or by cell after hours, 407.595.3645.
Until next time, happy golfing,

Lesson 13: Plan to Win! by Brad Brewer

February 20, 2014 5:50 pm

How much do you love the direction your game improvement is taking? If not, perhaps the inspiration you need is going to be gained in the next lesson I share with you from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Lessons for Golf, Business and Life.

Lesson 13

Plan to Win

Augusta National is golf’s Garden of Eden, a stunningly beautiful slice of the American South. “If there’s a golf course in heaven,” Gary Player once remarked, “I hope it’s like Augusta National. I just don’t want an early tee time.”1

In Sync with His Plan to Win

With four wins at the Masters Tournament (1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964),3 Arnold Palmer has become synonymous with Augusta National. For Arnie, the place seemed to fit him like a glove—or a neatly trimmed blazer. Four green jackets, two runners-up, and fourteen top-ten finishes over a fifteen-year span made me believe Palmer was in some kind of spiritual harmony with Augusta National. I once asked him why he believed he was so successful on that course when it seemed to bring so many other gifted players to their knees.

“Well,” Arnold replied with a half-cocked smile, “of course, the Masters was the tournament I really wanted to win in my life. It was the people as much as it was the place itself that made Augusta National so special to me. People like Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, who I became close to over the years, were an inspiration for me, not just for the golf, but for the way they conducted their lives and what they did in business too. I won the Masters in ’58, but in ’59 I should have won it, and I kind of let it slip a little bit. My win in 1960 was a major deal with good drama from my charging finish. Making birdies on the last two holes to win was sort of a reaction to previous situations that I was in. I just told myself that I wasn’t going to let what happened that last year happen again. It inspired me to go for it and I finished strong and won.”

His memories of nearly fifty years earlier still clear, he said, “My win in 1962 was a playoff and a squeeze down to the end. Then, of course, my mindset was that I had to win the Masters again, and I wanted to win one where I could walk up eighteen with the feeling of total enjoyment for having played in the tournament and having the things happen the way that I envisioned them to happen. I always wanted to have a good lead coming down the stretch with no doubt that victory was mine.”

“So did you ever accomplish that particular goal?” I asked.

“It did happen that way in ’62,” he said with a smile, “exactly how I had seen it happening in my mind. I stood on the seventy-second hole and said to my playing partner, Dave Marr, ‘I think I can win from here.’ It was not offered boastfully, but as someone who had really gotten to where they wanted to get to. Then Dave, who was a good friend, kidded me. ‘Make twelve!’ he said. By then I could smile, knowing that I wasn’t going to make twelve and that I was going to win the Masters. That victory in the very way I had envisioned it was a new and different personal satisfaction. It was something I’d been driving for in my life.”

Work Your Plan

“Plan your work and work your plan.” It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Catchy too. After studying Arnold Palmer’s career, I can say with assurance that the King has taken this philosophy to heart. But can the vast majority of golfers, mere amateurs, really believe that people can do what they desire, plan, and picture in their mind? The idea of “positive mental imaging” might not be a fail-safe exercise, but Palmer’s success and the success of countless others who employ the technique advocate it holds great promise.

Winning the Masters was a strong desire for Arnie, but it happened in large part because he planned out how he would win and then rehearsed his plan over and over again, like an actor memorizing a script. This same technique works outside of golf—perhaps even more effectively. It’s a wise person who plots a course of action before actually taking the plunge.

One of my favorite people was John Wooden, UCLA’s Hall of Fame basketball coach who died in June of 2010 at the age of ninety-nine. Coach Wooden was well-known as a planner who planned his work and worked his plan. He believed strongly in preparation because he felt it gave athletes the best chance of success. Coach Wooden, like Arnold Palmer, was also a stickler for not just doing ?but doing things well. He once remarked, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” He also was a realist. “Things turn out best,” he said, “for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Certainly for Arnold Palmer, the difference between victory and defeat often came down to the time and effort he took plotting out a pretournament plan of action. Of all the things Arnold Palmer did on a consistent basis, he did one thing prior to every round of golf ?something all of us should do:

He planned to win!

Plan your next win. Begin by strategizing your actions to match your skills. If you are a natural fader of the golf ball, don’t go against the grain by forcing shots to the left pin positions or trying to curve the ball off the tee on a right-to- left dogleg hole. Choose your best angles and positions to match your strengths and then be disciplined enough to stick to the plan. The strength in the exercise comes from writing it out and then rehearsing it over and over again, until you know you are going to win and you know why you are going to win. That’s the Pro’s Secret, being a conscious competent that begins with thought moved through feeling into action creating the desired result.

Still not feeling the love? Call us today!  direct, 407.996.3306, email, contact@bradbrewer.com or by cell, 407.595.3645.

Until next time, happy golfing,


Lesson 5: Define Your Worthy Ideal by Brad Brewer

February 5, 2014 7:26 pm

How many of you have been unable to kick start your 2014 New Year Resolutions?  Or how many of you have already abandoned your great intentions to improve your health, wealth and GOLF?

Be kind to yourself and allow today to be your second chance!!

With the greatest desire to inspire you to a better you and your best golf in 2014, I share the following from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer Success Lessons for Golf Business and Life.

Lesson 5

Define Your Worthy Ideal

Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of thema desire, a dream, a vision.

~Boxing legend Muhammad Ali

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal,” motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale said, A “worthy ideal” is not just another great idea; it’s an idea that’s better than all the rest. It’s not just an idea that you like; it’s something you love. It’s the thing you would do anything to achieve, the thing you would give up almost everything else you possess in an effort to gain. The worthy ideal is also the thing you never give up pursuing regardless of how many times you fall down or fail trying.

The typical journey toward greatness is laced with heartache and hardship. If they do fall, winners get up, dust themselves off, and grow from the experience. Victors don’t lose the vision of the goal; the guiding vision is part of their heart and soul. Those most devoted to their worthy ideal would tell you they would rather fight to the death than consider giving up short of the finish line.

Inspired by his early string of successes, Arnold Palmer continued to steadily move closer to his worthy ideal of becoming the greatest golfer in the world. In some ways, this sounds obvious, but knowing where you want to end up before you embark on your journey is critical if you’re going to have any chance of getting there. You’d be surprised how many people forget how important it is to map out a deliberate and detailed strategy or even clearly state an objective. It’s become a bit of a cliché, quoted in music and recent films, but “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” It sounds good, but it’s just not so. Your destination will be determined by other forces. I’m more inclined to embrace the wisdom of Yogi Berra. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going,” he once mused, “because you might not get there.”

Set Your Sights

When your picture of success is fixed in your mind, it becomes like the North Star to the sailor, providing a constant bearing by which to guide your efforts. All too often we play it safe; we fail to fully commit to the direction of our worthy ideal. There could be several reasons for this, the most common one being our fear of failure. We often try to explain away our reluctance to take a chance by repeating some version of the following: “If I commit to my dreams and fall short, then I’ll be disappointedmaybe even devastated. I’ll be terribly embarrassed if anyone finds out how pathetic I really am. It’s better and safer to just wait and see what happens, and if I begin seeing that I could really do something, then I will reset my goals.”

Does thiswhich might qualify as the “Underachiever’s Creed”sound familiar? The problem with this “wait and see” approach is that all too often we give up at the first sign of difficulty or disappointment, and it’s impossible to benefit from the laws of momentum if you’re standing or sitting still.

If you’re really in love with an idea, you must do as Arnold Palmer did and commit yourself to making it happen. You have to live and breathe the dream. It sounds almost like a cliché, but it’s true: great discoveries come only when the captain of the ship is willing to lose sight of the shore. You often have to take a chance and assume the risks that accompany the adventure. Robert F. Kennedy, a U.S. senator, attorney general, and civil rights activist, said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

You don’t need to have all the answers and you certainly don’t need to possess all of the resources in order to capture the vision of your worthy ideal. But the ascent and career of Arnold Palmer should remind us that catching a clear glimpse of your goal is the best and only way to give your dream a chance to come true.

So, how can declaring a worthy ideal affect your golf game? Fourteen months ago I began working with a young man, whom at the time had a USGA handicap of 12. This 20-year old told me that he desired to become a professional golfer. Today, Tony is a +3.2 handicap at Bay Hill Club his home course, and this past November turned pro. He has competed in five professional events so far, playing well enough to finish in the money twice. Certainly, he is an outlier, but without Tony declaring his worthy ideal raising his bar and focusing daily on his lofty goal he would not have accomplished such great strides. How about you? What lofty goals have you set for this new year? What is your worthy ideal, on and off the course, the thing that makes you stay up late and get up early?

Each month this year, the DailyBrew Blog will be sharing stories from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Secrets for Golf, Business and Life. Each chosen story will deliver an inspirational message that if practiced like a pro, will allow a positive vibration and your greatest golf!

Until next time, happy golfing,


Lesson 5: Define Your Worthy Ideal by Brad Brewer

January 31, 2014 6:42 pm

How many of you have been unable to kick start your 2014 New Year Resolutions?  Or how many of you have already abandoned your great intentions to improve your health, wealth and GOLF?

Be kind to yourself and allow today to be your second chance:  the Chinese New Year ushering in the Year of the Horse which represents forward movement and stamina!

With the greatest desire to inspire you to a better you and your best golf in 2014, I share the following from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer Success Lessons for Golf Business and Life.

Lesson 5

Define Your Worthy Ideal

Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of thema desire, a dream, a vision.

~Boxing legend Muhammad Ali

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal,” motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale said, A “worthy ideal” is not just another great idea; it’s an idea that’s better than all the rest. It’s not just an idea that you like; it’s something you love. It’s the thing you would do anything to achieve, the thing you would give up almost everything else you possess in an effort to gain. The worthy ideal is also the thing you never give up pursuing regardless of how many times you fall down or fail trying.

The typical journey toward greatness is laced with heartache and hardship. If they do fall, winners get up, dust themselves off, and grow from the experience. Victors don’t lose the vision of the goal; the guiding vision is part of their heart and soul. Those most devoted to their worthy ideal would tell you they would rather fight to the death than consider giving up short of the finish line.

Inspired by his early string of successes, Arnold Palmer continued to steadily move closer to his worthy ideal of becoming the greatest golfer in the world. In some ways, this sounds obvious, but knowing where you want to end up before you embark on your journey is critical if you’re going to have any chance of getting there. You’d be surprised how many people forget how important it is to map out a deliberate and detailed strategy or even clearly state an objective. It’s become a bit of a cliché, quoted in music and recent films, but “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” It sounds good, but it’s just not so. Your destination will be determined by other forces. I’m more inclined to embrace the wisdom of Yogi Berra. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going,” he once mused, “because you might not get there.”

Set Your Sights

When your picture of success is fixed in your mind, it becomes like the North Star to the sailor, providing a constant bearing by which to guide your efforts. All too often we play it safe; we fail to fully commit to the direction of our worthy ideal. There could be several reasons for this, the most common one being our fear of failure. We often try to explain away our reluctance to take a chance by repeating some version of the following: “If I commit to my dreams and fall short, then I’ll be disappointedmaybe even devastated. I’ll be terribly embarrassed if anyone finds out how pathetic I really am. It’s better and safer to just wait and see what happens, and if I begin seeing that I could really do something, then I will reset my goals.”

Does thiswhich might qualify as the “Underachiever’s Creed”sound familiar? The problem with this “wait and see” approach is that all too often we give up at the first sign of difficulty or disappointment, and it’s impossible to benefit from the laws of momentum if you’re standing or sitting still.

If you’re really in love with an idea, you must do as Arnold Palmer did and commit yourself to making it happen. You have to live and breathe the dream. It sounds almost like a cliché, but it’s true: great discoveries come only when the captain of the ship is willing to lose sight of the shore. You often have to take a chance and assume the risks that accompany the adventure. Robert F. Kennedy, a U.S. senator, attorney general, and civil rights activist, said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

You don’t need to have all the answers and you certainly don’t need to possess all of the resources in order to capture the vision of your worthy ideal. But the ascent and career of Arnold Palmer should remind us that catching a clear glimpse of your goal is the best and only way to give your dream a chance to come true.

 

So, how powerful can setting a worthy ideal become in your golf game? Fourteen months ago I had a young man of 20 years old, whom at the time had a USGA handicap of 12, tell me that he desired to become a professional golfer. Today Tony is a +3.2 handicap at his home course, Bay Hill Club and just this past November turned Professional and has competed in five professional events so far, playing well enough to finish in the money twice. Certainly, this is an outlier, but without Tony declaring his worthy ideal which raised his bar and focusing daily on his lofty goal he would not have accomplished such great strides. How about you? What lofty goals have you set in this new year? What is your worthy ideal, on and off the course, the thing that makes you stay up late and get up early?

Each month this year, the DailyBrew Blog will be sharing stories from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Secrets for Golf, Business and Life. Each chosen story will deliver an inspirational message that if practiced like a pro, will allow a positive vibration and your greatest golf!

Until next time, happy golfing,


Lesson 22: Believe in Yourself by Brad Brewer

January 16, 2014 3:33 pm

“Your talent will not be lifted to the highest level unless you have belief.”
Leadership guru & bestselling author, John C. Maxwell

On behalf of the Brad Brewer Golf Academy in sunny Orlando, we trust you had a very happy holiday celebration, enjoying family and friends with good cheer and loving vibrations.

No matter what your religion, December is the season to celebrate belief. It is also a fabulous time to reflect upon the previous 11 months and all that was accomplished, and to begin thinking about the possibilities in 2014.

As a teacher and coach, I like to embrace this time of year to help my clients focus on goal setting and defining or reigniting their “why”. A “why” inspires action necessary to move closer to a desired goal. A “why” is what makes us dig deep when we feel like swapping time in the gym for a big mac and fries.

This is also when I evaluate my performance and identify areas of needed improvement and then jump on it, such as reading Jack Canfield’s book, Coaching for Breakthrough Success.

So what is the missing ingredient for goal attainment? Belief. The quote from John C. Maxwell of which I began this blog pretty much sums it up: Belief lifts your talent. Your talent will not be lifted to the highest level unless you also have belief.”

In Chapter 22 of Mentored by the King, I share a story about the power of belief, as my mentor Arnold Palmer schooled me on this subject and I shared how I applied his wisdom with a PGA Tour client who at the time was struggling to make a cut. With renewed belief he had a break-through season on the tour because the path to success is possible when talent is driven by a strong belief.

This is how I plan to help my clients to “bullet proof” their own belief:

1. Greatness is the new norm. Increase your belief by filling your mind with inspirational stories of the underdog who believed when nobody else would. There are hundreds if not thousands of movies, books and stories to digest and resonate with. Decide that you are going to be the next inspirational story.

2. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams and goals and genuinely support your commitment to greatness. Eliminate those who just don’t get it. You have the choice to outgrow them or allow them to pull you down. Your responsibility is to you and what you give energy to will grow. You will attract new people, those inspired by your commitment to excellence. The better you are, the better you can be to those you love.

3. Affirm your belief every day, “If it’s going to be it’s up to me”, and as Bob Proctor taught me, several times per day. Belief tools such as vision boards, worthy ideal cards and goals listed on your bathroom mirror are powerful. These tools shape your daily habits by aligning your desire with your belief.

4. Believe in your Path. What slows down our road to greatness is focusing too much on where we presently are instead of on our daily activity. The willingness to put it on the line, to struggle, is like rocket fuel for your journey to the top. One hour of struggle in competition is worth twenty hours of practice. The path to our goal is never a straight line but rather requires tracking back on course through current assessment and constant vision of the destination just like a rocket to the moon that is off course 97% of the time. A power thought for me is “SUCCESS is often buried under FRUSTRATION”. Keep believing that the GPS of the right path is guided by the vision of your worthy ideal. We don’t need to know all the steps necessary before we embark. It’s a progressive realization of your worthy ideal.

5. Believe in a power greater than yourself. It doesn’t matter what your choice of worship, successful people tap into the universal power through an attitude of gratitude. You are the creator of your own reality!

Each month in the new year, the DailyBrew Blog will be sharing stories from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Secrets for Golf, Business and Life. Each chosen story is an inspirational message that when practiced like a pro, will allow a positive vibration and your greatest golf!

Until next time, happy holidays and happy golfing,

Shower Daily with Motivation by Brad Brewer

December 3, 2013 8:14 pm

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does a bath—that’s why we suggest it daily!” ~Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012 Author and Speaker

Do you feel like some days golf is endlessly complicated?  I often hear this statement from my clients; “I just lost my swing and I don’t know why…I had it yesterday!”  To this point, I want you to keep in mind that a golf swing is a conditioned habit just like riding a bike or speaking a second language.  If you truly “have” your golf swing, then it’s not going anywhere any time soon.  Possibly what did change is your ability to focus on what you want due to an overload of negative feelings and vibrations.  We are, I learned from mind guru Bob Proctor, vibrational beings and greatly influenced by the frequency of our vibratory rate.  Several things may cause undesirable feelings such as a confrontation with someone at home or at work, the traffic you encountered on the way to the course, and quite possibly, your allowing that last three-putt to get under your skin.  The fact is we are all faced with a myriad of unpleasant moments throughout the day that can cause a bit of stinkin’ thinking.

Shower daily with motivation is wonderful advice from the master motivator, Zig Ziglar.  The most mentally tough players are still greatly affected by what others say and do, what they read online, or hear on the radio or TV.  As Jeff Olson reminds us in his book,The Slight Edge, our environment is vastly polluted with negativity.  It’s extremely easy to get stinky and why we need to conduct a vibrational check up often.  Arnold Palmer advised, “Never go to dinner with a poor putter.”  Humorous as this may sound, great players don’t want to hear, “if only I could have putted well today I would have shot a 65” and all the other negative stuff that comes along with this attitude.  Golf, business or life, successful people surround themselves with like minded people.  They do this because they can feed off of the vibration of their optimism and become motivated from each other’s challenges and accomplishments.  Another way you wash away negativity, is to replace in your mind, what you would like to change about your day.

Bathing in motivation should become a daily habit like flossing your teeth.  It will influence your golf game more than having perfect technique.

Over the next twelve months, the DailyBrew Blog will be sharing with you stories from my book, Mentored by the King, Arnold Palmer’s Success Secrets for Golf, Business and Life.  Today’s blog is based upon Lesson 16:The Best Attract the Best. Each chosen story will provide a call to action that if practiced like a pro, will help you create your positive vibration followed by your best golf!

Change Your Self Image as a Golfer in 2013!

January 3, 2013 1:16 pm

Change Your Self Image as a Golfer in 2013!

Lessons, lessons, lessons…practice, practice, practice… It’s not only about lessons and practice or how much time is put into learning and rehearsing; it’s about first changing the self image in order to grow toward what you want for your game.

What image of a golfer are you declaring for yourself?

The Hacker:  I can’t hit it straight, far or sometimes even at all.  I’ve tried everything, including thousands of dollars on lessons and hundreds of hours of practice.  None of it has worked.  No matter what I do, I am still a Hacker!   Or do you call yourself “The Slicer” or do you declare you have “the yips” or always “three putt”?

These uttered confessions made in frustration are based entirely upon past errors.   When I begin to work with students new to the Academy they commonly share stories about apprehension of embarrassment during corporate outings, dreading the next posted score at their club events, and underlying anger after the first mishit shot that escalates hole after hole.  An abundance of talent cannot trump self defeating banter which undermines and destroys confidence leaving the plausible feeling of fear.

All I need is that missing tip or secret hand-shake that those playing pros on TV posses that I don’t.
Could there be secrets to playing this game with effortless power and precision?

I have the privilege of coaching high performance golfers.  Once these players embraced the power of self image, they advanced swiftly and with greater enjoyment.   Perusing my lesson journal, here are my top five best “secrets” you will want to incorporate into your winning thoughts, feelings and actions as you pursue your playing goals for 2013:

  1. Become aware of what you are saying about yourself, to yourself.  Get rid of any perception of you that is less than the excellent golfer you desire to be.  That old image is now outdated.  Keep your self-talk in check during practice, play and at the conclusion of each lesson to be sure it matches your new image.
  2. Choose a player you can model in order to get an image of what you want your golf swing to look like.  Study this swing in slow motion and at full speed on a daily basis to impress it upon your mind.  In front of a mirror, rehearse this swing in slow and even super slow motion.  Through repetition this image soon manifests into action.
  3. A shot is neither good nor bad unless you compare it to another shot.  Impressing bad memories into conditioned feelings will only get you more of what you don’t want.  Learn to celebrate the good shots and release the rest; for what you give energy to will grow.
  4. Our amazing bodies are governed by two frequencies:  Love or Fear.  It is not possible to play your best when you are fearful, and it is not possible to be afraid of making an error when you are in love with what you are doing.  This is also how my mentor Arnold Palmer claimed 63 PGA championships, by seizing the moments and playing fearlessly.
  5. Find the bright spots in playing the game.  Embrace the challenge that each and every shot and situation provides.  Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow playing partners.  Admire the beauty of a well-groomed course and all of nature’s gifts.

Setting goals in golf, business and in all aspects of life begins with an image of what you want.  As soon as you plant that new image of your golfing self in your mind, you are instantly moving in the direction of your goals and will soon be enjoying the journey towards better golf!

Happy golfing,

 

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Is there a Hybrid in Your Bag?

August 7, 2012 5:38 pm

Hybrids have become a staple replacement for the less forgiving long irons for Fred Couples and many of his fellow tournament champions. Even the purest of ball strikers on tour, including Couples finds that his TaylorMade Rescue 11 has improved his ability to hit a higher and more consistent approach, replacing his “butter knife” of a two iron.

Let’s take a closer look at the Rescue 11 that was in Freddie’s bag when he won the 2012 Senior Open at Turnberry. Technology Information provided by TaylorMade:

• Adjustable loft with Flight Control Technology (FCT)
• 4 degree face angle change, 2 degree loft change, 2 degree lie angle change, 1,000 RPM spin change
• Deeper face and lower Center of Gravity for easier launch
• White non-glare crown and black club face for easy alignment

I found this blurb online but unable to identify exactly who I can give credit to for this entertaining, albeit accurate review:

“Everything about the Rescue 11 hybrid screams ‘technology.’ The paint on the crown, the RIP shaft, and especially the adjustability factor. This factor, known as Flight Control Technology (FCT), is the soul of this club. With FCT you can increase or decrease the launch angle by 1 degree. There are eight, count them eight, different FCT positions that allow you to increase or decrease loft in .5 increments as well. Why should it’s big brother R11 driver have all the adjustable fun right? With every FCT adjustment your spin rate will also change as well. More loft gives you more spin for greater carry while the lower the loft the less spin you’ll get with a little less carry. In addition to the adjustability, TaylorMade also placed the CG (center of gravity) lower and more towards the rear of the club head which is designed for better shot shaping capability.”

So why are Hybrids easier to hit than traditional long irons? Because the lower the loft the more difficult it is to hit the ball high.

When you watch the Tour pros hit 2, 3, or 4-irons, you can see that these players have the swing skills to hit their conventional long irons almost as high as regular golfers hit their wedges. Average golfers cannot generate enough height with their long irons because, one, they have a much slower swing speed than the pros, and two, the swing skill necessary to be able to consistently hit down and through the ball while keeping their head behind the ball at impact with low-lofted irons is just not present.

Properly designed hybrid clubs that have the same loft as their long iron counterparts make it much easier to get the ball up in the air because hybrids are much “thicker” than conventional long irons.

This greater face-to-back dimension of the Hybrid long-iron replacement heads allows the center of gravity to be positioned much farther back from the face. This in turn results in a much higher trajectory for a shot off a hybrid club compared to a traditional long iron of the same loft. In other words, at equal lofts the hybrid with its center of gravity farther back from the clubface – will help the golfer get the ball up into the air on a higher trajectory than a long iron (whose center of gravity is much closer to the clubface). When you add loft to any shot you also increase precision. So, adding loft to the same degree of open or shut face creates a straighter ball flight.

These are the scientific reasons why Hybrids work better and are replacing the traditional long irons. Even to the point that the best players in the world are taking advantage of having a better performing club in the bag. If you haven’t already, consider taking one along for your next round!

Until next time, Happy Golfing!


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Schedule Your Success!

May 11, 2012 6:44 pm

Are you aware that the average PGA Tour player competes in 35 events per season, winning 80% of their annual prize money (tournament revenue) during a 7 week period? So, what are they thinking and doing during the other 28 weeks?

The best player in the history of our sport is the legendary, Jack Nicklaus. He averaged 22 weeks of competition per year, never playing more than 4 weeks in a row. His winning weeks were more than double that of his fellow competitors.

Successful people do not necessarily possess more talent or super natural technique. They have learned how to do things in a certain way, precisely and consistently. (And I’m not talking about golf swing here) Nicklaus certainly has the Pro’s Secret, and I am about to give you more insight into the power of the old cliché, “plan your work and work your plan.”
Summer golf tournament season is soon to be a weekly opportunity for several competitive golfers.

In this blog I will share my thoughts from personal experiences learned from the successes and failures over years of playing and coaching high performance golf. We will also discuss patterns of habit that I have observed with the greatest players in the game, including my mentor, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods. And finally, I will give you suggestions on how to best organize a competitive schedule in waves, so the athlete peaks during the correct time and can progress stronger through the entire season of golf.
Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Yani Tseng, and  Annika Sorenstam’s successes provide the proof that a  competitive schedule must be organized in waves, to allow the athlete to strategically peak and recover where most advantageous.

In high performance athletics, competitive burnout is a real thing that can cause slumping and a precursor to injury. Burnout in athletes can occur for several reasons, but most commonly when subjected to extended periods of linear stress.  Playing seven weeks of tournaments in a row, beating balls from sun up to sundown combined with heavy fitness training, added pressure to perform well by family members and racing against a ticking clock!  It can be a fine line between growing through challenge and crossing the threshold into mental and physical exhaustion.

Growth without the potential of burnout can be realized through proper awareness, planning and self control.  Scheduling an athlete’s training with varied cycles of development over a defined period of time is commonly referred to as “Periodization Training.”

The first documented Periodization Training is credited to the Russian Olympians of the early 1970’s. They dominated the world in every weight lifting match including the Olympic games, due to the fact that their athletes peaked when most critical.  In golf, Jack Nicklaus was the first to focus his schedule so as to peak for the majors and several top performers and coaches have since followed his example of competitive cycling and plan their schedules accordingly.

It was Dr. Jim Loehr, of LGE Sports Science and author of Mental Toughness Training for Life, who shared his knowledge and experiences in wave training for peak performance with me during our involvement in opening the first High Performance Prep School for golfers in 1992.  To date, hundreds of athletes later, I have learned the power of cycling an athlete in this way for them to experience their finest performance during their most opportune time.

If success is when preparation intersects opportunity, then planning to be on the correct road at the right time is a reliable map to success.

The graph below illustrates a model cycle that flows through four specific periods and developmental themes:  Development, Competitive, Peak and Recovery.

The Development phase can last between one day or as long as one week for athletes that are fundamentally sound and competitive.  During this training period the coaches and athletes focus heavily on swing mechanics, physical fitness to include strength training, aerobics and flexibility.

Depending on the athlete, the competitive phase tends to last for 3-5 weeks.  During this period the coaching focus turns toward positive thought process, course management, scoring zone and light conditioning. Daily goal setting keeps the athlete focused on attainable results.  Positive affirmations, self-talk, diet, hydration, and sleep habits all play a crucial role in the overall performance and are monitored by athlete and coach daily.

Peak performance happens when preparation meets opportunity!  Duration is typically 1-2 weeks, it is the period within the performance cycle when the athlete is fundamentally sound, full of positive energy and confidence to peak.

Coaching focus during this period is to keep the athlete mindful of the moment, positive, relaxed and calm.  Reminding the athlete to enjoy the journey and aggressive approaching and embracing every challenge.

The average player is winning 80% of their annual prize money within a seven week period.  Those focusing on development and recovery during the non-peak times continue to improve.  Those that don’t, burn themselves right out of the game!

For a fierce competitive athlete, taking time off whether playing well or playing poorly, can be the toughest discipline of all.  Too many athletes want to continue playing when they feel like they are close to winning.  Or they fight harder and train longer when they are playing poorly.

It’s hard to be disciplined enough to follow a schedule and stay on course for the long haul of the season, and for the athlete’s long term future.  Fear and insecurity are the greatest reasons for not allowing recovery, thinking if time off is taken, the athlete falls further behind.  Truth be told calming down will allow the athlete to speed up their quest for high performance.

Recovery is just that.  No playing or practice or working out.  It is sleep, eating what is desired, and having fun with non-competitive activities. Depending on how the athlete feels, the recovery should be anywhere between one-five days.

The chart above illustrates Tiger’s 2000 season on the PGA Tour by performance and weekly schedule.  The vertical axis shows the highest points being his victories and the lowest being time away from the PGA Tour.  It is helpful to see performance charted over a 12 month season as often times our perception of what is transpiring is very different to the reality of actual performance for the duration of season and calendar year.

You will notice Tiger’s symmetrical cycling pattern mirrors Annika Sorenstam’s during her 2000 season.  This is no coincidence as these great performers strategically planned and trained for peak performance.

The coaching goal with your athlete should be to educate and motivate on the importance of organizing and following a plan and strategy for successful growth.  Remember that thoughts become reality and what you give energy will grow.  Our coaches assist athletes in preparing for an annual competitive schedule based on their present ability and competitive goals.

The following is an excerpt from Napoleon Hill’s, Think and Grow RichA study of successful people found that they were not smarter, or more prepared, or had more opportunities, nor did they have greater resources, they actually failed more often than people who were unsuccessful. Luck does not lead to success, because success cannot be maintained through luck. Defining success has to do with a much larger picture of the person’s life,  past, present, and future, and winning the lottery of life, is just an event.

They had one thing in common, they kept plugging away and rarely, if ever, looked at a failure as an end of the line attempt, or even a failure. Science will test and test and test, and as experiments complete, they are not really “failures” just a process that creates data and more data leads to more data.

Successful people learn as they go, to have an attitude of learning and continuing, and eventually find themselves exactly where they want to be.

You now have the information to help your athlete create the wave and ride it successfully toward victory.  You have the awareness that every player goes through a cycle of up and down, and that a written strategic plan identifying where the athlete is at present, and what the goals are for a 12-month season breeds confidence and mitigates self doubt, prevents burn out and averts injury, and creates the best possible scenario for peak performance now, and in the immediate future and long term.

We look forward to having your junior golfer here this summer, planning their work and working their plan!

Happy golfing!

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Connect the Dots for Breakthrough Performance

February 28, 2012 9:10 pm

Golf is a game where score is how we judge our performance. Yet often that mentality can cause us to be more concerned about the outcome than the value of keeping ourselves in the task of executing the next shot as well as possible.

Why do we tend to do this and how should we think and place our focus for best results?

Case in point I had the pleasure of working with a 16 year old junior golfer named DJ who was playing golf for his high school team. Three weeks of focus on his swing fundamentals resulted in him striking the ball extremely well. DJ was getting close to shooting par or better. But the following Friday afternoon he was struggling greatly. DJ’s consistent, smooth, rhythmic swing looked like a scene from Gladiator as he slashed at each ball with rapid fire pace spraying the range with miss-hits. What was up with this kid? He had a tournament the next day. The anxiety of this event had changed his calm and confident vibration into frenzied doubt.

At the time, his lowest tournament score was an 83. I was aware DJ was experiencing a common case of “score-bound-itous” so even thinking about the tournament round was causing him to over process due to fear he would “look bad” or shoot a high score.
My first suggestion was to teach DJ how to calm him-self down. Heart coherence breathing began to relax his over-firing neuron activity. We had already established his thought process and pre-shot routine, and reminded him of the importance of doing so with every shot.

The final suggestion was to play the dot game. “What is this”, he asked. “It’s a different way of keeping track of your performance. Instead of focusing on pars and birdies or others, you keep track of dots,” I replied. “Every fairway hit, you get a dot. When you hit a green in regulation you get a dot. And when you make a one putt, no matter what your score, you get a dot. Focus not on the score but making dots until you run out of dot opportunities,” I said. He agreed to give it a try and left encouraged with his new outlook.

The next time I saw DJ he was sporting an ear to ear grin. “I shot a 69 on Saturday!” he excitedly shared. “WOW! How well did you strike it?” I asked. Pondering for a moment, DJ answered, “Good, but not great. I just did what you suggested, focused on every shot to get a dot and did this until I played through every opportunity.”

DJ’s success was a result of him focusing on the potential opportunity of each shot, one dot at a time, freeing him from getting ahead or behind. This young man’s breakthrough allowed him to bypass the 70’s altogether!

I hope you take away from this Blog, that when you calm down the things you want to happen come much faster and easier than ever before. The goal should be to use The Pro’s Secret: One shot at a time taking advantage of every dot opportunity.
Try the Dot Game during your next round of golf and I welcome you to share your breakthrough with me!

Until next time, happy golfing,
Brad Brewer

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