Saturday, February 21, 2009


Further to Kevin’s writings, did I mention that he’s an avid semi-pro golfer. And all you “Old Farts” figured that mushing had no correlation whatsoever with the game of “Golf”. From the picture, you would never know that eight (8) days after it was taken, he was back down south, “putting” a “6 under par”. = -)

Be nice to animals. You’ll live longer.




Kevin Powers

Slow down when you practice. People (and dogs) learn by doing things slowly and correctly. The object isn’t to hit as many practice shots as you can, the object is to hit quality shots and think about what you’re doing.

Practice every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. You always benefit from good practice even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Practice what makes you uncomfortable. Try making 25 three-foot puts in a row rather than showing off hitting your driver 250 yards.

Think about the tougher way of doing things rather than the easier. Take a club you normally hit 150 yards and try hitting it 75 yards. You’ll learn about controlling the ball by making it hard on yourself.

Do it right the first time so you don’t have to undo bad habits. Find somebody who knows what he’s doing and ask him for help rather than just repeating the same mistakes.

Set goals for yourself and the dogs. If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have a plan, and if you don’t have a plan you’ll never break par.

Give the dogs the opportunity to get into trouble so that you can correct and teach. Instead of hitting for the greens during a practice round, aim for the sandtraps. By the time the practice round ends you’ll be a good trap player.

Stay behind the dogs so that they have to make decisions and you can correct them. If you’re teaching someone how to play, suggest a better way to hit the shot only after they have tried.

Praise the dogs and build a relationship with them. Be your own best friend on the golf course. Don’t get down on yourself if you’re playing poorly. Focus on your good shots and replay them in your mind. Forget the bad ones.

Don’t run somebody else’s race. There will always be somebody who hits the ball farther than you do. Don’t let his game dictate yours. The only thing that counts is the final score. There are no pictures on the scorecard, only numbers.

Beware of gizmos. There are no shortcuts to good golf. The only way to be a better golfer is to work at it. Look for gizmos that improve the effectiveness of hard work. Beware of those that promise instant results.
Look for simple answers, they are usually the correct ones. About 95 percent of all bad golf shots happen because of a bad setup. Bad setups occur because of an inattention to basics. If something is wrong with your shot-making, the odds are that something simple will fix it.

Check your dogs pads – rough is good; shiny is bad. Check the face of your club before every shot. Dirty is bad. Clean is good.

Teach the dog to mind his business. Stay in the present and pay attention to the shot you have to hit. You can’t do anything about the bad shot you hit on the previous hole and you can’t do anything about the water hazard two holes ahead. Your mind can’t wander from the business at hand and the business at hand is the shot at hand.

Teach the leader to keep the line taught. Don’t start to coast when you’re playing well. Keep the intensity up and don’t play defensively.

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