This is the second of an eight-part series on the ‘Golf Obstacles’ inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtra. It’s not a matter of if the obstacles will show up, but when. The timeless wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra tells us the obstacles are the path. We learn to hit out of the metaphorical divots, hazards and bunkers along the way. […]
Try these simple but effective golf fitness exercises to improve your health and golf game: MOBILITY/FLEXIBILITY CORE STRENGTH BALANCE (*Modify or avoid if there is an injury) Dodie Mazzuca is the founder of Golf PROformance and teaches golf and Mindfulness for Golf programs in Santa Cruz, CA.
Struggling with your backswing position at the top? Try this simple drill to keep your right /back shoulder in the correct position. Begin in golf posture. With both hands, swing the club to the top of the backswing. Release the left/front arm and gently coax the right/back elbow into the correct position. Hold for 3-5 […]
This is the first of an eight-part series on the ‘Golf Obstacles’ inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sūtra. Injuries/Disease (Sanskrit: Vyādhi): Listed as the first and foremost obstacle in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (I:30), it is extremely hard to continue progressing with our game and our attitude improvements when we are sick or injured. On the physical level, […]
(Warning: Not ‘G’ Rated) Apologies in advance for the language, but Mark Manson’s perspective helps us see the ‘big picture’ in relation to our golf games:“Look, this is how it works. You’re going to die one day. I know that’s kind of obvious, but I just wanted to remind you in case you’d forgotten. You and everyone […]
The fifth affliction listed in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra is FEAR OF CHANGE and/or CLINGING TO LIFE (abhinivesha. II:3, II:9). Also translated from Sanskrit as ‘fear of death’, our ignorance and egoism cling to our golf game as we know it. Sprinkle on some memories of our past attachments and aversions to our previous golf adventures, and our performance on the […]
Golf Aversions: It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride. ‘I hate this hole! I despise slow play! I can’t stand unsolicited advice!’ Sound familiar? AVERSION is the flip side of desire. Listed as one of the five human afflictions, aversion is the negative form of the ego’s relationship to worldly objects. When we are living in our limited state […]
‘I desire to have NO desires!’ DESIRE and ATTACHMENT (‘raga’ in Sanskrit) are listed as one of the five afflictions of the human condition. Attachment accompanies pleasure and it can easily sabotage our games and our mindset. A desire rooted in the perception of ‘incompleteness’ is the basic impulse of the ego. The ego will collect information, experiences, possessions and the latest and greatest new […]