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Three tips to think about nothing while over the ball



After delivering a seminar for the PGA of Philadelphia, a gentleman walked up to me and said “Hi, I’m Dr. Howdy Giles. I was Arnold Palmer’s dentist.” Howdy, and I have been friends ever since and he was kind enough to introduce me to the King in April of 2016. On that memorable day, we asked Arnie what he thought about when standing over the ball, and his response was simple.


To condition yourself to think about nothing while standing over the ball, you must be highly disciplined. These three tips provide you with a dose of daily discipline so you can start thinking like a king today.

No. 1. Challenge Yourself Daily

This self-empowering activity is so much fun and highly motivating. Off the course, your Daily Challenge could be as simple as completing a task, starting a task, making that certain phone call or committing to one thing that will take you out of your comfort zone.

On the course, your Daily Challenge might be to visualize every shot, stay positive the entire round or to think about nothing while standing over the ball. Once you determine your Daily Challenge, it takes only 2 seconds to write it down. Writing it down makes you much more committed and self empowers you to achieve it. Every one of our golfers doing the Daily Challenge absolutely loves it, and I know you will too.

No. 2. Crush Your Morning and Evening Routine

If you want to take control of each day, physically change your path to get in and out of bed each day. The reason why is that 95 percent of what you do today is the same as what you did yesterday, which means you are on auto-pilot almost the entire day. By changing how you get in and out of bed, you create the perfect framework for constant improvement because you are in control of the very first thing you do each day, and the very last thing you do.

Total time required to reroute your path in and out of bed is about 1 second.

No. 3. Ask Yourself a Better Question

Did you know the quality of your life is only as good as the quality of the questions you ask yourself? The conversations you have in your mind must be focused on improvement, not on what’s wrong. The danger in asking yourself the wrong questions is that your subconscious mind will provide you with all the right answers to your wrong questions. You know that dreadful feeling of being stuck or frustrated and you have no clue how to improve? The reason why is your communication creates a perpetual road block with no chance for a detour. Asking the wrong questions makes it virtually impossible for you to succeed, in golf and in life.

If you ask yourself why you can’t perform under pressure or why your short game stinks, your subconscious provides you with a host of reasons why. By asking questions that start with “Why is it so easy,” everything changes instantly.

For example, say any of these questions out loud right now and see how they make you feel:

  • Why is it so easy to make this putt?
  • Why is it so easy to relax and be totally calm right now?
  • Why is it so easy to think about nothing standing over the ball?

By constantly asking “why is it so easy,” you will feel more relaxed which equates to lower stress and less anxiety. Lowering your physical and emotional anxiety translates to better golf, and the best part about it is that asking a better question takes about 2 seconds!

In Extreme Ownership by U.S. Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, they said something at the end that really caught my attention.

Discipline = Freedom

These three simple discipline tips will help you play your best and create freedom in your game, both on and off the course.

To recap:

1. Take the Daily Challenge (2 seconds)
2. Crush Your Morning and Evening Routine (1 second)
3. Ask a Better Question (2 seconds)

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  2. crit5011

    Feb 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I mastered thinking of nothing in the 60’s and my high school teachers will confirm it and and….sorry what was I saying.

  3. edge of lean

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm


  4. Miuralovechild

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I remember watching Peter Jacobson and Matt Greaser on Golf Channel talk about their 26 swing thoughts before impact.

  5. Spencer

    Feb 5, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I think of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

    • Scott

      Feb 6, 2017 at 8:51 am

      You were suppose to keep your mind totally blank!!

  6. Double Mocha Man

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    This article’s been posted for about 8 hours. Apparently nobody’s thinking about nothing. No comments.

    • Tom

      Feb 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

      we’re still caught up on the Under Armor golf bag article

      • Double Mocha Man

        Feb 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

        Thanks alot Tom…now you have me thinking about the UA golf bags. Try not to think of elephants…

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best launch monitor of 2021



What is the best launch monitor 2021? At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to their GolfWRXers views on the best launch monitor of 2021.

The bedrock of is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet. No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

You can see the full results for the best launch monitor of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Best launch monitor of 2021: The top 5

1. Foresight GC Quad

What Foresight says: “The GCQuad is the world’s most accurate, versatile, and complete launch monitor on the market. As the only launch monitor in the industry to utilize Quadrascopic imaging, the GCQuad delivers the most accurate detailed picture of ball and club head performance analysis.”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. TrackMan 4

What TrackMan says: “The introduction of TrackMan 4 is the culmination of a three-year journey which began as an initiative to design and engineer the most powerful and accurate golf Launch Monitor ever built. The outcome is Dual Radar Technology – a radical transformation in the way radar technology is applied in golf today. Using two radar systems instead of one to obtain maximum data quality and increased pick up rates.”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

3. Rapsodo MLM

What Rapsodo says: “It is the only launch monitor that uses the power of your iPhone or iPad to provide immediate feedback on launch data, instant video replay, and active shot tracker. Recognized by industry leaders for its pro-level accuracy for shot distance, ball speed, club speed, shot shape, smash factor, launch angle and launch direction…”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

4. FlightScope Mevo+

What FlightScope says: “A one of a kind launch monitor and simulator giving golfers the ultimate practice and play experience.

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

5. SkyTrak

What SkyTrak says: “SkyTrak Personal Launch Monitor w/ Basic Practice Range Package Golf’s first portable and affordable Launch Monitor and Golf Simulator The first personal launch monitor of its kind, SkyTrak Personal Launch Monitor is a realistic and real-time golf practice and play system. Keep your golf game sharp with a SkyTrak Launch Monitor and Golf Simulator. This compact, portable unit wirelessly connects to your compatible device and provides immediate shot launch data and ball flight visual feedback as soon as you hit the ball.”

You can read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums.

You can see the full results for the best launch monitor of 2021, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

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GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST-G220 driver at the 3M Open



Mizuno’s ST-G220 driver hit the USGA conforming list a couple of months back, and we’ve caught sight of the new addition at this week’s 3M Open.

Along with a deep-looking face, the driver features a moveable weight and an adjustable hosel, while the “high” weight in the rear of the club is interchangeable with other weights/settings.

Here are a few posts from our members, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • wcbjr: “That face is deeeeep!”
  • littletimbo182: “Mizuno is really looking battle with the big dogs! Such a strong lineup driver all the way down to putter.”
  • getitdaily: “Well now, that is quite interesting. 1 weight center back. One weight back toe side. Hmmm.”
  • jokerusn: “That is the perfect shape. Not a thing wrong with that look imo. Good job Mizuno. I know I just got the SiM2 Max, but this is making me rethink my decision.”

Entire Thread: “GolfWRX Spotted: Mizuno ST-G220 driver at the 3M Open”

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Best Bridgestone irons? – GolfWRXers discuss



In our forums, our members have been discussing all things Bridgestone irons. WRXer ‘Texas_Golfer’ is on the hunt for an older Bridgestone set as a backup to his primary set and has reached out for suggestions, with fellow members sharing their picks.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Christen_The_Slop: “I have a set of TS-201. Very underrated CB.”
  • JDubya89: “J40 CB, and it’s not even close, in my opinion.”
  • Mudguard: “I think had J33 Combos, J38s, then J40s. I haven’t used them in at least eight years. But they were the only set I’ve kept.”
  • IL2AZ: “I have both the Tour B X CB and the J15 CB. I am in the minority in that I prefer the Tour B X CB. Little more compact than the J15 CB and feel more solid/dense out of the middle. The J15 CB feels almost too soft at times IMHO.”

Entire Thread: “Best Bridgestone irons? – GolfWRXers discuss”

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