You’re Only One Mental Obstacle Away
From Playing The Best Golf Of Your Life

Only your potential is determined by your talent, knowledge and commitment.

Your actual success is determined by your ability to avoid internal interference and allowing yourself to “play golf”

Let me put this another way.

Your golfing success is governed not by how much you know or how high your skill level is but on your ability to bring that skill and know-how to the golf course.

Or another.

It doesn’t matter how skillful or talented you are, unless you can express it (on the golf course), you’re lost at sea with no chance of playing great golf.

And one more.

Your current golf skill and ability is more than good enough for you to play the golf of your life. All the fumbling about and looking for the next great quick-tip is only holding you back. 

But, learn to unleash your inner talent and there will be no stopping you.

This is a revolutionary concept. The entire golf movement is focused on the wrong thing. Instead of focusing on your golf swing, skill level or technique, you should be focused on minimising all the interference and therefore increasing your actual success.

Each year golfers spend millions and millions of dollars on lessons, books, DVD’s, new clubs and magazines in the hope of building skill level and increasing knowledge.

And every day, millions of golfers, including you, go to the golf course and attempt to put these lessons and concepts into practice.

They think they’re doing the right thing: exactly what they need to do to be successful and shoot a good score. In reality all they’re doing is what’s required to create the potential for success.

But this is where it’s wrong.

Potential doesn’t equal success

You’re not being shown HOW to put your skill, talent and knowledge to work so it equals potential.

Are you more interested in potential or doing the following?

“I want to hit the ball further”

“I want to reduce my handicap”

“I want to play better”

“I want to win this week”

“I just want to play better!”

“I want to be consistent”

“I want to have more fun and enjoyment”

This is golfing success and what this manifesto is all about.

All the quick tips, lessons and just about everything else you’ve tried in the past has been aimed at improving your potential. Potential is a myth. It doesn’t hit the ball for you. 

And the very thing you’re attempting to do is actually keeping you from achieving success. It’s a vicious little feedback loop that causes mental pain and anguish.

What you need is:

A new strategy for bringing your A-game
to the course each time you play

Tell me...

Have you ever hit a good shot?

Maybe it was on the practice fairway or on the golf course some time. Chances are you’ve hit plenty of good shots – probably under pressure when you needed them most.

The problem isn’t your good shots. I’ve rarely seen a golfer that hasn’t had the potential for better golf. You have the potential – but you haven’t been shown how to use your potential.

The first step is to stop working on potential. Forget about swing changes and improving your skill level.

My philosophy isn’t about building the perfect golf swing (because it doesn’t exist) – it’s about showing you how you can achieve golfing success with your current abilities and maximising your potential.

I would put my last dollar on the fact that if you could bring your current A-game to the golf course right now, you would easily be able to reduce your handicap and play golf that’s worthwhile.

You’d be able to play what
I call 'remarkable golf'

But you can’t.

And it’s not because you don’t have talent or any skill. You have an abundance of that – highlighted by the fact that you can occasionally hit a long drive, sink good putts, shoot good scores and make the infrequent pressure shot.

You can’t play good golf because you keep filling your mind and system with too many thoughts, rules and regulations (I call this interference) on how you think you should be playing. Your mindset is all about improving your potential and not on how to play.

Let me use this story to explain…

A golfer I know started playing golf by hitting balls in a football paddock. He went back and forth with the objective of hitting the ball between the posts. After a week or so he was able to successfully split the goal posts more often than he missed.

What may even seem more remarkable is that thoughts of style, swing, stance, grip and alignment didn’t enter his mind. He was focused on achieving a goal – on success.

In fact, he didn’t think his achievements were all that special – after all, hitting the ball between the goal posts was what he was trying to do.

It wasn’t until he started playing with others that he ran into difficulties. Despite playing better than his friends, they suggested that he change his style and remodel his swing. In what he describes as a “fiasco” he heeded their advice and destroyed his natural swing completely. Not long after this he lost interest and quit the game for over 15 years.

This golfer quite naturally found an ideal golf game. He had a clear mind and objective that allowed him to learn a functional golf swing. Golf was fun and he was on a fast learning curve.

But this is not always enough. By disrupting the process and allowing interruptions to get in the way he lost the magic. Despite having all the golfing potential in the world he lost the lot. He was left with nothing.

Potential and skill doesn’t guarantee performance. Golf results depend purely on your ability to avoid mental interference. Put another way, golf results depend on getting out of your own way and letting your natural learning system do its job. When you understand this and apply this to your game, you can start to play better golf and maximise your chances of playing remarkably.

“Remarkable Golf” leads to you being able to play consistently. It’s where achievement and fun live and makes golf feel like the best game in the world. 

Here’s another common story that I hear regularly:

John has been playing golf for years and he’s fit and healthy. He plays most Saturdays and is keen to perform well. Last month, while warming up he struck a purple patch. Each shot felt fantastic and the ball sailed long and true.

He stepped up to the first tee and tried to replicate his practice fairway form. This was where the magic stopped. He became stiff and tight and had a nightmare round.

He allowed internal interference to get in his way. Despite hitting the ball well during practice, he lacked trust to bring that swing to the golf course. John paid the price and rarely experiences good golf when it matters.

Even though it seems like the right thing to do, working on your golf swing or trying to replicate a good swing is not going to allow you to play your best.You can invest time and energy on trying to improve your potential but experience nothing. Your time is wasted because interference will still hold you back. The real problem is not your swing; but in not understanding how you should be performing.

Here’s the good bit: When you learn to reduce the interference amazing things start to happen. You relax and your body performs the skill to a higher standard. This is known as automatic or natural learning and is how we perform all day-to-day activities.

When your subconscious performs the skill, your confidence soars, your skill level improves (naturally) and you shoot better scores. The game appears easier and you have a lot more fun.

You’ll even hit the golf ball further!

Instead of straining and busting your gut for extra distance – the removal of inner interference will unleash your inner power reserve. It’s extra power without trying harder or increasing the chance of injury. 

How does that sound?

And there’s another vital point that’s missed by most other teachers. Because you’re swinging in a way that is natural to YOU, you’re minimising strain and stress on your body. Sore shoulders, bad backs and niggling wrist pain will be minimised or even eliminated.

The main point is that once you learn to remove interference, everything falls into place. When once your talent, skill and application yielded disappointing results – they suddenly begin giving you the results you’ve always dreamed of.

The moral of the story: If you’ve been playing golf for any length of time (I normally say a year or two) your skill level and talent is good enough. Trying to improve your skill level is fine; but if you can’t perform that skill without interference, then your efforts will never pay off.

Side note – If you’re just starting out this advice may not work for you. This manifesto is aimed at those that have been playing for at least one year. If you’re new to the game the best thing for you to do is get outside and hit the ball. “Hitting the ball” will give you a usable golf swing more quickly than any other method I know.

Look at it this way..

Your skill level IS NOT the most
important part of your golf game.

It’s only a small part. You can only be as good as your weakest link, and if that link happens to be your ability to actually play golf, all the skill and talent is not going to help you.

Remember Terry and Graham? The difference between the two is that Graham doesn’t let internal or external interference derail him.

You must remove the interference that is holding you back. Do that and your natural talent, potential and skill level will gel together, giving you the kind of performances you know you’re capable of.

Sounds obvious, right? Not at all! Think about this for a second. When was the last time you made an effort to work on a part of your game that wasn’t related to your golf swing, skill level or building potential? 

I’m going to bet that you never have.

And it’s not just you. I’m guilty of letting distractions and interference affect my performance. Despite enjoying many successful years on the golf course, I recently let self-doubt and distractions get in my way during an important round

After a few bad shots my mind wandered. I started to think my swing was off and it needed fixing. Try as I might the round slipped away. I lost a match I should have won.

The point is there was nothing wrong with my golf swing. The distractions of my mind led to self-doubt and fear setting in. I forgot to “play golf” and paid the penalty. There was no need to try and fix my swing or give it any thought.

I let internal interference affect my performance.

But I learn quickly these days. In the next game I played free from fear and interference and followed my worst round of the year with one of the best; a 5 under 67. 

Normality had been restored.

My real issue was believing there was an error in my swing. As soon as I stopped controlling (and removed the interference) I was able to play with confidence and success.

On the next page I’m going to share the 3 interruptions that are most likely holding you back.