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Golf writer credits improvement in play to talking to a horse

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Bob Carney, long-serving golf writer, penned a piece for Golf Digest in which he confesses to have approached improving his golf game from every angle.

From training aids to sessions with Dr. Bob Rotella, Carney had tried it all. Or so he thought. He stumbled on approach that basically went something like this.

“Putt. Meet a horse. Putt again. Reflect.”

What? Carney visited Debbie Crews, who works with Arizona State University’s women’s golf team, for an equine session. Standing in a tent next to a horse corral, Carney says

“She hands me three balls and an off-brand putter that’s about 20 years old. I’m to putt along the artificial-turf carpet and make three in a row from each foot marker, progressing as far as I can in five minutes. I clear six feet without a miss, flub a couple, finish with middling results. Debbie gives me a short questionnaire and one of the questions is: “Name three descriptors of your putting.” I write, “Relaxed, thinking, old tips.”’

Then, he had to go pick a horse out the barn and spends time caring for the horse, grooming it, getting to the point where he can direct it using only his voice. Establishing a connection.

Carney returns to putt again, this time doing markedly better. He has three new descriptors for how he feels over the ball: Relaxed, focused, determined.

There’s much, much more to Carney’s story. It’s well worth a read.

Winding down the piece, he writes.

“My takeaway is that there is no talking oneself into good golf. There is only noticing when you’re fully with it, fully there, and re-creating that sense when it’s absent. A golf round is like a walk with a horse. If that sounds too Yoda-ish for you, and way too hard to accomplish, remember Crews’ words: You’ll know.”

Craziness? Not really. Here’s the thing about golf instruction: The ends justify the means. We get hung up on schools of swing theory, data, processes thrust upon us, the right way to practice, etc. But none of that really matters, does it?

The point of the game is to shoot the lowest score! And anything that genuinely helps an individual do that is worth 10,000 swing tips or a library full of Bob Rotella books.

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  1. Arnold

    Sep 25, 2017 at 5:58 am

    No seriously, talking to a horse took me from a 15 to mid single digits. I did nothing else differently. Nice to have my theory validated.

  2. X-out

    Sep 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

    His brainlet is confused and the interchange with the horse rids it of all it’s extraneous ‘swing thoughts’. The horse is, in effect, a mind coach…. like Pelz

  3. BIG STU

    Sep 23, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I want some of what he is smoking if he believes that

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Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas following homophobic slur

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On Friday evening, Ralph Lauren announced that they had ended their partnership with Justin Thomas after the latter uttered a homophobic slur at last week’s Tournament of Champions.

In a statement, Ralph Lauren expressed that while discontinuing their longstanding relationship, they hope that “Mr. Thomas does the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again…using his platform to promote inclusion.”

The incident which led to JT being dropped from the brand occurred on the 4th hole during the third round of the Tournament of Champions – which you can see in the video below.

 

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Following the third round at the Tournament of Champions, Thomas told Golf Channel:

“There’s just no excuse. I’m an adult; I’m a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person that I am. But it’s … unfortunately I did it, and I have to own up to it, and I’m very apologetic.

Like I said, it’s inexcusable. I’m speechless. It’s bad. There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better. I need to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologize to anyone, and everybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it.”

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Twitter mercilessly roasts Tom Watson’s bizarre headphone game

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Social media users were left bemused during round one’s coverage of the Sony Open, after seeing Tom Watson appear for an interview wearing his headphones in a frankly bizarre manner.

CBS’ Kyle Porter was quick to jump on the oddity, tweeting: “Legit never seen another human wear headphones like Tom Watson wears them.”

What followed was an all out roast where Twitter users mercilessly mocked the new fashion statement from Tom Watson with some hilarious responses.

However, Watson did receive some support, with one user declaring that: He’s Tom Watson! He can wear them any way he wants!”

Either way, I don’t see Watson’s headphone game setting a trend anytime soon!

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Angel Cabrera arrested in Brazil and faces extradition to Argentina; charged with assault

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Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera has been arrested in Brazil and faces extradition to Argentina, after being charged with assault, theft, illegal intimidation and repeated disrespect to authorities, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Per the report, Cabrera was on Interpol’s red code list and was arrested in an upper-class area of Rio de Janeiro.

Earlier this month, Argentine media reported that Cabrera’s former wife, Silva Rivadero, had filed two charges against the golfer, while another former partner claimed Cabrera had punched her, threatened her and attempted to run her over with his car back in 2016.

The suspect’s name was not announced in the report, but per the AP, two federal police officers based in Rio separately confirmed to them that Cabrera was the man arrested.

The Argentine has been out of action on the course recently after having completed successful surgery on his wrist at the back-end of 2020.

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