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"They Paved Paradise..."

"And put up a parking lot"

Prophetic lyrics from Joni Mitchell's classic tune of 1970.  Don't recall it?  Weren't walking the earth yet?  Don't think it's relevant today?  Click above, give your eyes a brief rest, listen, then come back CS' way for some thoughts on the piece of paradise you are presently inhabiting - and how simply acknowledging it can actually help you perform better in the golf park...


"They" paved paradise.  The same "they" that are paving your way of thinking about golf swing without battle-tested reason, credibility or real science and/or research.  Examples :


"ZZ" Swing Tips

"They" tell us to swing the club back like a lightning rod - then 'shallow' things out in transition (often excessively: too shallow ain't any better than too steep, BTW) with a huge rotary motion of the pelvis (too bad physics tells us that centrifugal force is not much of an influence on the squaring or lining up of the club.  So, what's doing it?)

What if:

- You physically can't move your pelvis/hips that way?

- Many who have drunk this cool-aid are now seeking "ball behavior" assistance from a Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher in "ZZ's" vicinity?

- You could click on Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and get some rad attire ideas for the golf links from my rockin' friends at Nike Golf (you can)?


Hold the Mayo:

"They" mill around - especially in the sacred Social Media sectors (where anyone and their proverbial dog can post...)- with an arrogant, one-sided & confrontational demeanor.  Sorry, that's no way to help students.  Or make friends. 

What if:

- It was better to be kind, than right (and right for whom, anyway?)

- There was a deliciously healthy mayo? There is - click above!


Radar O'Reilly's

"They" spit out information (where's the imagination, anyway?) concocted/projected/predicted from a box better designed to predict weather patterns.

What if:

- "They" acknowledged that the data presented is derived from a reverse algorithm calculated from the flight of the ball (unless something interferes with said flight, that is).

- "They" helped you get to the cause of the less-than-perfect #'s on the screen?

- You could actually see (instead of guessing) impact?  You can... click on the one and only Radar O'Reilly for how. 

- Your mind/body system was the most sophisticated radar (and GPS, and aiming & alignment, and measurer, and more...) system known to man?  It is; you just gotta hit the "on" button.


Mitchell said this about writing the song, to journalist Alan McDougall in the early 1970s:

"I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I looked down and there was a parking lot as far as the eye could see, and it broke my heart... this blight on paradise. That's when I sat down and wrote the song."

Blight On Paradise

Amen, Joni.  Cry me a big 'ole lateral water hazard for the coal and oil companies out there - and the greedy ba _ _ _ _ _ s destroying your paradise right and left, for the sake of the almighty $ in their own pockets.  Pity.  Yep, their grandkids' wallets may be fat as well - but they'll be playing in parking lots instead in the true out-of-doors.

You? Every single time you put a peg in the ground, you too are wandering around in a slice of paradise (my coaching home of Eugene Country Club pictured throughout this missive, FYI).  Go ahead: look around, boys and girls.  Grass.  Trees.  Fresh air.  Wild animals.  No parking lots.

  Perhaps you're distracted by the state of your game, the pace of play, unsuitable playing partners -  or some other ridiculous factor that in the grand scheme of things, is really quite irrelevant?  Here's a little 'tip' (just like at Churchill Downs...) for ya: take a look around - as far as your eyes can see - and remember how good you've got it.

It's called gratitude, amigos.  The single most powerful club you've got in your emotional bag.  Oh, it's always there for you; maybe you've just buried it under your mind's parking lot.

"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone"

Taking the privilege of playing golf for granted?  Beware - proverbial parking lots (and housing developments) lurking everywhere...

And you know what is gone, for good?  How you used to hit the ball, what you used to shoot, how you played yesterday, last week, or five years ago.  It's gone. Embrace the NOW.  Adjust & adapt to where you are at today. 

Same for the conditions of that piece of forest-like paradise known as the golf course.  Ever-changing.  Never the same.  Alive and morphing before your very eyes.  Yet you yearn for consistency, predictability, and sameness.  In your golf swing, often in your life.  How terribly drab can you get?;)

Should that be the case - time to hail yourself a big yellow taxi, destination: some other reality. 

"They took all the trees
And put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem 'em"


Hahaha.  Not anytime soon, huh?  "Won't affect me," so why worry?  Shame on your and your selfish tribe...

A "tree museum?"  Really???  The one Ms. Mitchel refers to in her song is the Foster Botanical Garden in downtown Honolulu, which is a living museum of tropical plants , some rare and endangered.

You're susceptible to daily 'golf hoaxes' (aren't we all with the spewings of the Inter Webs?) yet believe the current climate situation is just in one of its 'valleys'/down cycles - kinda like what happens with your golf game, right?

Did you know that ice can speak?  NOT kidding.  Click just above on the view towards the fantabulous 15th green at ECC, and hear what the Larsen C Ice Shelf has to say.  Please. 


Dr. Debbie Crews at Eugene Country Club

"Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got til its gone"

And you may not know just how brilliant Dr. Crews is in the realms of the mental & brain performance, and the yips... You'll regret not spending time with her once she's gone.  A bit on her below - more by clicking on image above. 

Dr. Crews is an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, and sport psychology consultant at Arizona State University where she has worked with the Men’s and Women’s golf teams since 1979.  She has conducted over 35 years of research on attention in sport, primarily golf (in addition to working with dozens of LPGA/PGA and Champions Tour players), and is the Chair of the World Scientific Congress of Golf. 

Dr. Crews was the founding Editor of the International Journal of Golf Science.  Her research has been published in scientific journals as well as being featured on Scientific America Frontier and NBC Dateline. She is a Master LPGA instructor, an Ellen Griffith Teaching Award Winner, and serves on the LPGA Education and Research Advisory Board.  Dr. Crews was ranked in the Golf Digest Top 50 Women Golf Instructors, and the recipient of the Golf Digest Best Science in Golf Award in 2001. Currently, she is the CEO and Founder of Opti International, a feedback company for performance optimization.


Thursday, August 16, 9 AM - 12 noon. 

"Brain Training and the Yips" Seminar

Eugene Country Club Clubhouse

Cost: $75 members; $85 non-members; $50 juniors


Thursday, 2 PM - 6 PM and Friday, August 17, 9 AM - 2 PM

Individual one-hour sessions with Dr. Crews

Eugene Country Club Teaching Center

Cost: $125 for members; $140 for non-members; $100 for juniors


RSVP required, space is extremely limited.


Need some guidance negotiating that paradise known as a golf course? I'm here for you...

Summer sessions on the docket!  Non ECC members welcome.  RSVP requested, as space is limited.
What's it all about?  It's about my two decades of insight gleaned from top neuroscientists, motor learning experts and human performance specialists (as well as my own trial-and-error experiences - oh, there were lots of errors!) on what, and how, to practice smarter, more efficiently, and more effectively.  Additional info by clicking on logo just above. Open to players of all levels.
- Saturday, July 14.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
- Sunday, July 29.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
- Saturday, August 4.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.
- Saturday, August 11.  Train2Trust Supervised Practice
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM.  Place: ECC Teaching Center. Cost: $40 for members/$50 non.


"Hey farmer farmer
Put away the DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples
Leave me the birds and the bees


-- Joni Mitchell



          ~ CS ~
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