The Golfing Journey
The Role Of Imagery
The Game: Mental or Physical?
Imagery Is Learned Through Experience
The Role Of The Coach
Awareness And The Way We Learn
The Performance Mode
Golf Is An Underhanded Game
Tossing Is Natural
Using Your Natural Hand
From The Short Game To The Long Game
The Process Of Imagery
Watch Out For Negative Images
Staying Within Yourself
Why Do We Play Games?
Analyst, Hoper, Or Golfer?
The Purpose vs. The Goal
Spending Time On The Purpose
Who Do You Bring To The Course?
Developing The Fundamentals
Golf Is A Target Sport
Tossing It Around
Developing Your Tossing Awareness
Tossing With The Club
Playing The Shots
Extending Your Follow-Through
Developing Confidence In The Short Game
Summary Of Tossing Skills And Fundamentals
Beginning With The Finish
The Basic Fundamentals And The Finish
Developing The Finish
Journeying To The Finish
Developing A Center For Your Swing
Pivoting And Finishing
Understanding The Lateral Shift
The Swinging Motion
Turning On The Power
Setting It All In Motion
Summary Of The Long Game Skills
Finding The Source
The Warm-up Routine
Notes On The Short Game The Warm-Up Routine
Finishing The Swing
Swinging To The Finish
Turning To The Finish
Fine-Tuning Your Skills
The Warm-up Routine Summary
Letting Your Inner Golfer Play
Golf, An Ever-Evolving Game
New Horizons Golf Approach. My goal was to produce a sort of textbook that our students could use during their
training. Thus, if they ever found themselves off track, they'd have some reference material to fall back on. I also
wanted to introduce this material in such a way that anyone could benefit from reading it, even if they had never
attended one of our training courses. My hope is that this book will help you develop a very productive approach
to your game.
For this to come true, I believe we must reach a meeting of our minds, a sort of intellectual contract, based on
my commitment as a dedicated coach and yours as an honorable student. My commitments are to provide you
with the necessary information to make your new approach productive in the areas of learning, enjoyment, and
performance. Your commitments involve sticking with the program and dedicating the necessary time until you
truly understand what it can do for you.
The New Horizons Approach is much different from any traditional ones you might know. It focuses on
awareness as the natural path to learning. It deals with your inner relations as well as your physical ones. So,
you will get to know the inner you while developing your outer foundation. It involves the possibility that you
already possess a truly magnificent game of golf. You simply need to express it. Along the way you will learn how
to quiet your mind and relax your body. Like any athletic endeavor, you will establish the necessary physical
skills, however, you will also come to understand the necessary inner skills. In short, you will find a true balance
between mind and body. So, you will come to understand the workings of your inner golfer as well as your
Completing the New Horizons training is certain to provide you with the skills, understanding, and motivation to
maintain your way. As you stick to The Way of the Golfer, you'll develop the trust and confidence you have
always believed to be possible. You will acquire a new perspective, one that will allow you to use your imagination
to play the game. Along the way, your imagination will become free to direct your desires, instead of just dream
about them. Finally, you will develop such a thorough understanding of the game that you will be able to take
your game to its next horizon.
Staying on path as a New Horizons Golfer will take commitment and stick-to-it-tiveness. It will require regular
practice, and continual recommitment. It will require that you condition yourself physically, mentally, and inwardly.
To truly find out want this journey has to offer, you must make the commitment to give The Way of the Golfer an
If you stick with the program continually, you will understand why your shots go where they go, and you'll
understand how to target your play. You'll understand the game's true fundamentals, and the essence of how
you play your shots. You'll truly know how to play the game, a game in which every shot is played as an
expression of your inner desire.
happiness. Once experienced, there inevitably begins a search for the secret of mastering its execution.
Furthermore, each player soon realizes it is because of this mystical connexion that he's attracted to the game in
the first place. This is evident as we commonly experience the one shot per round that keeps us coming back.
As the player sets forth on this journey, there is always a question of where, and how, to begin. If you're one of
the many who's searching for the answer to this question, then you need to understand how your approach to
learning has a direct effect on your performance. In other words, you must become aware of your total approach
to the game.
Your total approach consists of learning, performing, and maintaining the necessary skills and habits. Your
learning depends on your skills of attention, awareness, and understanding. The quality of your performance
depends on your powers of imagery, commitment, and trust. Your maintenance program involves routines for
physical, mental, and inner conditioning. To play consistently, you must stay committed to your approach. It's an
ongoing process, no matter how long you continue to play.
The success rate of the average golfer remains extremely low. For one thing, most golfers don't truly pay
attention to what they are doing as they practice and play. Instead of paying attention, they think too much. The
more they think, the more confused they become, and the harder it is to pay attention. The confusion lies in the
fact that there are many different viable ways to play. That's because golfers come in many different shapes and
sizes. So, you must develop an approach that accommodates your particular needs. You must find a way of
performing the fundamentals naturally.
Imagine this, as your body performs the fundamentals, it does so in your own unique way. As your body does
so, your swing will take on a unique look. It will look unique because your body is not built like everybody else.
Therefore, the way your body performs the fundamentals will have its own style.
If your fundamentals are sound, then your technique will be sound. This is true no matter how unique your
swing looks. To me, all swings on tour are unique. Even the players that have the same technical styles look
uniquely different from each other. So, spend more time paying attention to your fundamentals than you do
worrying about how your swing looks.
Notice that I said, “ pay attention” to your fundamentals. This is because paying attention is more important
than thinking. In many hours spent on the lesson tee, I've heard hundreds of students say, " I know what I am
supposed to do, but I cannot do it." What they really mean is, they know the concept of what they want to do, but
are not aware of how to do it. The theories of physics or mechanics tell us what needs to happen, but they don't
tell us how to let it happen. Understanding the concept of what needs to happen involves thinking. Letting the
action happen involves being aware. It involves paying attention to what is happening.
When you think about it, all those “how to" books out there are really "what needs to happen" books. They
assume we possess the basic skills necessary to perform the given tasks. For example, how to books on
carpentry assume you know how to hammer, saw, or use any other tool you need to build something. They don’t
teach you how to hammer a nail or drill a hole. They assume you’ve already learned the basic skills through trial
Finally, the essence of the game is simple, and the most simple view of the game is that you must become truly
aware of your swing, the ball, and your target. If you do so, you will understand for yourself the best way of
getting the ball in the hole. What I’m saying is that you learn through experience. And to learn through
experience, you must pay attention to what you’re doing. The more you pay attention to what you’re doing, the
more you’ll become aware of what works, and the more you’ll understand how to play great golf. Through this
process of awareness you’ll become absorbed in the very lure that attracts you to the game. Fascinated with this
entire process, you’ll find the courage to journey beyond the traditional barriers of the game, into a game with new
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