Sunday, August 9, 2009
Detox your mind
I was hitting balls tonight at my home practice facility and realized I was not following one of my golden rules when practicing. I was focusing on the things that I was doing wrong and and not FOCUSING ON THE THINGS THAT I WAS DOING RIGHT, the result was that I was getting very frustrated because I was not making the contact and the swings that I wanted. I call these thoughts TOXIC!
We hear so much about chemicals that build up in our bodies and the need to detoxify. Health experts recommend various ways to cleanse ourselves of toxins and to avoid what is harmful. But what about all those negative, “toxic” thoughts that build up in our minds? When we dwell on negative things -- thinking about whatwe can’t do, or how someone hurt us, or how we got passed over for a promotion -- these are toxic thoughts. Left untreated, they become waste that clogs our minds. Golf, and other activities like it, provides a way for us to tune out negative thoughts and focus on the positive. Golf provides the opportunity to visualize the positive – when faced with a challenging hole, visualize your shot hitting the green, not splashing into the water hazard in front of the hole. The more you do this, the easier it becomes to focus on the positive, not the negative, in every aspect of your life.
Once I began to focus on the things I was doing right, guess what...I started to hit the ball better! Teach your child/junior golfer to focus on the things that they do well and you will see the confidence grow over time!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Teaching golf away from the golf course starts with the parent setting the right example!
“The apple does not fall far from the tree” or “Monkey see, monkey do” are popular terms that where coined to represent that your child picks up your habits, whether those habits are good or bad. So, how are you able to teach your child about golf without actually talking about golf or taking them to the range or golf course? I know it sounds a bit crazy, but really the way that you conduct yourself off the course can and will contribute to the success of your junior on the course and more importantly developing quality individual.
You can start by “Living a life of integrity”
What do people think when they hear your name? “Oh that person is always so trust worthy, they always do the right thing” or is it “Watch out for that person — you just can’t trust him/her”. You might be saying that you do the right thing most of the time, but it’s easy to slip over time, and before you know it, you’ve become more tarnished than you could have imagined. Choose integrity, even when nobody is looking, and especially with the little things in life. Golf is all about honesty and integrity, so if you observe all rules and etiquette when you are playing – whether you’re alone or with a group – it becomes easier to do the right thing in your daily life as well.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Juniors…Our Golfing Future
“For years golf has failed to attract the top athletes into the sport. With only 5% of the public playing golf more creative ways will be needed to introduce juniors to golf whose parents do not play. Presently 70% of junior golfers come from households who have at least one parent who plays golf. With 30% then coming from non-playing households, if golf can penetrate deeper into that market then the “drag them in” process will begin because what better way to stay connected to a child than time spent on a golf course?
Junior golf offers many opportunities for an industry that is beginning to see some numbers that should be sounding off bells and whistles for change. Of the 51 million juniors in the U.S. between the ages of 5 to 17, less than 10% play golf and surveys show that the 15% plus who do play would like to play more. Even more encouraging is the fact that 90% would like to continue to play in the future. This stat, with the fact that those juniors who were surveyed truly love the sport, is encouraging for the industry but means nothing if action is not taken.”
To find out more about how to be involved in the Medicus Junior Development Program, become a Medicus Golf Instructor, attend a golf school, or how to use Medicus Products, Contact Randy Sparks at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Randy Sparks at 1-850-685-1032.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Build family bonds – the family that plays together stays together!
Young children who bond with parents during their formative years are more likely to grow up to be happy, confident, well-adjusted teenagers and adults. Interacting with your child builds a bond that will last forever. It lets the child know he or she is loved and appreciated. And families that play together tend to stay together – playing requires communicating, so families that participate in sports together tend to be more open, supportive, and communicative.
Friday, May 22, 2009
“But my child is already involved in several sports – why should we add another?” is a comment I often hear from other parents. But golf is unique, offering both parent and child and opportunity to participate. Instead of being relegated to sitting on the sidelines at the soccer, football, or baseball game, you can join your child in the fun and activity. It provides an opportunity for both parent and child to learn something, about both the sport and each other