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Ultima Thule



"Beyond the borders of the known world," is the translation, FYI.  Nicknamed "The Snowman," (we try to avoid this term and # on the golf course, n'est-ce pas?) 'tis one of the most primitive objects us humans have ever seen, a rocky relic from the solar system's infancy.  Have you not been paying attention?  Busy making a difference for others on this planet since ringing in the new year?  I hope so, and thank you :)

A mere 4 billion miles away (and you thought par 5's were getting long) from Earth, this icy piece consists of two fused-together spheres extending about 21 miles in length. 

Pic above b l u r Y, eh?  Kinda like all those 'far out' concepts on how best to swing a golf club? That's 'cause this is the first 3D image that's been provided - so put on those fashion-statement shades from the movie theaters and take a closer look. 

Why?  CS still foggy in his head after over-doing the champagne on New Year's Eve?  Or over-imbibing watching the Tide get rolled last night? How can this friggin' rock a bazillion miles away help with your trials and tribulations on the links?  Read on, fellow earthlings...



3D Mo Cap



And you thought CS was 'anti-tech?'  Not at all, boys & girls - just a proponent of using the super-duper high tech within us all, whenever possible (and it is, possible), and not using today's golfy plug & play toys in ways that are geared towards impressing, confounding and confusing students...

"The technology you use impresses no one.
The experience you create with it is everything."


-- Sean Gerety

That's why you need to be in the hands of an open-minded, savvy and experienced professional, whose goal is to take all the coolio findings, put it in a magic "simplifying" blender, and provide you with a clean & straightforward message about what it is you want to feel and do in your golf swing. 

Non better IMHO than longtime friend and colleague Jon Tattersall, based in Atlanta.  Click on the 3D rendering of Rickie Fowler just above for more on Jon, and his facility.  In the mean time, keep in your Ultima Thule mind, that:

* 2D video, although incredibly helpful in many, many ways, does not show and tell us the entire picture.  3D allows us to truly see where the pressures, torques and forces - the inputs - are in fact coming from, as opposed to what we surmise to be happening, have beleived in the past, and/or what even accomplished players claim they are doing, or feeling. 

Example: do you really think by 'rotating' your pelvis and letting your arms and the club simply 'drop,' that the clubhead (the fused-together thingy that's actually hitting the ball) is going to race up to 100 mph or so when it collides with the golf ball?  Where in the name of the Milky Way galaxy is the energy coming from?  Dynamic force is needed to create such speeds, yet some will make you believe it's magic pixie dust from a far-off universe that'll jump in, line things up perfectly, just in the nick of time. 

Not outta this world hint: try throwing a ball sidearm/underhand - pretty hard and far.  Where's the energy coming from now?

* You are not Rickie Fowler.  Nor Dustin Johnson.  And certainly not Brooks Koepka (pictured below - look at all that rotation would you?  Uh.... not.  And notice how his upper left arm stays pinned to his chest thru the ball!  Uh... double not.).  Or any other superhuman PGA Tour player - so why in the name of the Starship Enterprise are you trying to swing like one of them? 

Have you completed a physical assessment with a competent movement specialist (then shared those findings with your golf guide?) to identify what you can, and cannot do?  Where your restrictions lie, and if you can improve how you move (hint: you can!)?  Do you have road map for YOU - re regular strength, mobility, stability and range of motion activities & exercises - that can be performed consistently so you can swing it (and feel) better?  



Whatcha waiting for? 2020?  To hit rock bottom (an injury that will prevent you from playing golf)?  An asteroid to hit planet Earth?

It's time...


Speaking of tech, science and the Starship Enterprise, click below to check out an interesting putter; it's helped me:







Human Ultima Thule

Translation: beyond the borders of what a human can do.  You feel like that over certain shots?  With a particular stick in your hand?  In specific situations?  Like there's no way in this world - or any other world for that matter - that you can execute or perform?

I understand and respectfully disagree.  So does the threesome to follow; let them be your inspiration for improving your golf, and your self, in this fresh new year...



Between River and Rim



Award-winning photographer Pete McBride hiked the entire 750 miles of Grand Canyon National Park - from the Colorado River to the canyon rim. 

Yes, you read that correctly.  No, not "rim to rim" - the whole shabang.  Unfathomable, you say?  Un-doable, you claim?  Impassable, you believe? 

Ultima Thule

Not only did he make the journey, he took pictures.  Along with best-selling authors Kevin Fedarko and Hampton Sides, McBride recounts a gripping adventure story told through stunning, never-before-seen photography and powerful essays. Click above to enjoy the beauty from vantages no other photographers have ever stood.

Consider those 'different looks' next time you're in the golf park: how beautiful the natural surroundings are.  How blessed you are to hike those grounds.  And when you whack one into a 'new' place (some might deem undesirable), take in the never-before-seen view, and embrace & appreciate the adventure ahead.

McBride's offering captures the majesty of America's open-air cathedral, and proceeds benefit the Grand Canyon Conservancy.


"It's A Bitch Girl"



It is for Courtney Dauwalter at times during one of her 'long' (200 miles +) races - just as it is for you at times on the golf course.

Wha.... you thought this ball and stick game - and the mental, emotional & physical challenges it offers - was going to be easy?  Think again, then soak in a bit of advice from this rock star runner who has opened a debate about how men’s innate strength advantages apply to endurance sports (click above for complete read.  Please.):

* “The race is set up perfectly to test your limits,” said Dauwalter, a former science teacher from Golden, Colo., speaking about Big's Backyard Ultra (where she completed 279.2 miles last fall), a grueling race of attrition during which runners have to complete a 4.16667-mile loop each hour. If they want to put their feet up, eat, go to the bathroom or close their eyes for a few minutes, they have to earn the time by running faster. The last person standing wins.

“You just go until you reach your own finish line.” 

BIN-GO fellow golfers.  Your own finish line... and what is it, anyway?  Have you set some goals for 2019?  If so, are they testing your limits?  Perhaps they are not all about score, either: using golf and the process of improving to improve as a denizen of the third rock from the sun - Earth.

* Dauwalter’s prowess has crystallized the debate about whether psychological fortitude can trump men’s innate strength advantages in endurance sport.  This much is clear: As the distance lengthens, the biological advantages that men have grow smaller.

Consider: “We know that men are simply bigger and have more muscle mass and are more powerful and faster,” said Heather Heying, an evolutionary biologist. But, she added, “This is about stamina, and stamina is some combination of yes, strength, but also psychological will. It begs the question, is there something going on for women perhaps given our very long evolutionary history as mammals who spent a long time gestating and then giving birth, that gives us a psychological edge in extremely long-term endurance events?”

We're talking toughness, grit, perseverance and competitive response, amigos (and amigas!). Need some guidance in those endeavors on the links?  Click and peruse just below, the non blue-lit screen (ink, paper, the feel in the fingertips of turning a page...) version from one of the best in the biz in this arena, Dr. Debbie Crews:


* Dauwalter believes that as her threshold for pain increases, so does her ability to run farther.  “I put myself in situations where suffering is going to be involved and hope to be able to tap into the mental piece every time that physical pain becomes too much."  In addition to dehydration, extreme fatigue and hyperthermia, Dauwalter and the other runners who take on these multi-day races face encounters with bears, mountain lions, snakes and scorpions.

And you're bitching about a stiff breeze, bumpy greens, and pain-in-the-ass playing partners?

“I think more than anything, what we are seeing with Courtney is psychological,” said Steven Kotler, an author and director of research at the Flow Genome Project. “Every time she runs one of these long races, she believes she can do the next one faster.”

Ultima Thule

What do you believe you can do, in the golf park, and in your daily doings, anyway?  Just enough to get by?  Make that paycheck?  Trying to please others and make excuses along your 200 mile + race called 'life?'
 
Maybe you're just A Rich Girl (or boy).  Click on our marvelous blue planet just above, for a blast from Hall & Oates (what - you thought this missive would be void of music?), then consider their words below next time you put the peg in the ground - and think you can rely on someone's $ (or the like) to navigate the links.  Golf ball don't care about $...


"You're a rich girl
And you've gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway
You can rely on the old man's money
You can rely on the old man's money

It's a bitch, girl
And it's gone too far
Cause you know it don't matter anyway
Say money but it won't get you too far
Get you too far"




The Impossible First



Portlandia gets a bad rap for some things (rightfully so), but PDX citizen Colin O'Brady recently completed a journey that what was previously considered "impossible."

Click above for the specifics; read below for how it reflects on your games of golf, and life...

* "While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced," O'Brady wrote upon finishing.

Maybe those bad shots, those bad rounds, and those bad breaks all happen to teach you something.  You paying attention - or playing victim?


* "There were several times I considered stopping, putting my tent back up and calling it a day," he wrote. "I wanted so badly to quit today as I was feeling exhausted and alone, but remembering all of the positivity that so many people have been sending, I took a deep breath and focused on maintaining forward progress one step at a time and managed to finish a full day."

Sound familiar?  Frustrated and feeling alone.  Wanting to quit.  Golf Gods coming down on you.  Woe is you!

Remedy?  The miracle human technology of breathing: in through your nose for a 4-6 second count as your belly expands, out through nose or mouth for the same count as you belly comes inward.  Then take one step - and that next shot (it's all you got) - at a time.  Be.  Here.  Now.


* "I'm no longer the same person I was when I left on the journey, can you see it in my face?" O'Brady wrote. "I've suffered, been deathly afraid, cold and alone. I've laughed and danced, cried tears of joy and been awestruck with love and inspiration."

Life changing.  You?  It can happen on the links and on your daily sidewalks.  You game?  Or, you gonna stay in that stagnant comfort zone with your swing, your golf game, and your overall existence?  You choose.



Those are Colin O'Brady's legs from a few years back after a little 'mishap' with some flames.  And you thought catching a bad lie in the rough was painful... Click on the scorched extremities that would later enable him to complete a 54-day, 930-mile bone-chilling trek - and listen to his
TED Talk.  Might very well light a fire under you to create a new, more functional mindset, make a difference to someone, or something, other than yourself - and help you go beyond the borders of your known world.

Ultima Thule



Coaching & Guidance


 


Time to address your self-imposed borders and limits, is it not? I'm here to help. 

Here's a plan, or three:

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Offers available til January 18, 2019. 


On my home turf at Eugene Country Club, or in a golf park near you.


Christopher@ChristopherSmithGolf.com

CSmith@EugeneCountryClub.com




 
 

 

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.
Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”


Kurt Vonnegut from Player Piano

 

 


 





Best,
 
          ~ CS ~
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