Golf Digest Schools
October 12, 2017

Get Better Without Practicing

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In 2004, my wife and I were caught in a tsunami in Thailand. It was the last day of our honeymoon. We went from a hotel lobby to what felt like the middle of the ocean in seconds. The next 12 hours were spent on various rescue boats, followed by three months in a hospital. Months later, with my days as a player basically over, I turned to teaching golf as a way to make money. I quickly realized that my new perspective made me a good coach. Golf is a lot less important when you're happy to be alive—and that came across. I've discovered that what helps every golfer I meet is taking the edge off, making golf less of a grind. Golfers need to learn to play the game, not perfect the swing. There are ways to improve without working on technique. I have students who've dropped 10 shots in a handful of weeks without going to the range. So take the challenge: Check out my video series with Golf Digest, "Get Better Without Practicing."