“There is a simple formula that can explain the level of success you have achieved in your life thus far. I was extremely fortunate to attend a business seminar more than twenty years ago where I first came across this amazingly simple formula and armed with it I have been able to improve many areas of my life and also those of my students.”

When I was starting out as a young golf professional I spent a great deal of my time practicing, trying to improve my golf skills without any form of success pathway to guide me. I always wondered why some golfers seemed to achieve more success than others given that in many cases the more successful golfer wasn’t working at their game near as hard.

What was it that they were doing that seemed to make all the difference?

Some years later when I began my career as a full time golf instructor my mentor suggested that I start to attend business seminars to develop my golf teaching business. I took his advice and started to attend as many seminars as I could and listen to different experts discuss the best strategies for improving the bottom line of your business.

This suggestion and my subsequent action changed my life as I quickly realised that the business world is every bit as competitive as the professional golf tours and that business people were well schooled in understanding the process that led to business success.

It was at one of these seminars that a very famous business speaker and expert in developing human performance potential Brian Tracy revealed a simple formula for success that quite frankly changed the way I lived my life.

He started by writing the formula on a white board and asked the audience to work out what they thought it meant.

r = u x e

After a lot of guesses he explained to the large audience that the formula was so simple and elegant that many people would simply pass it off as being too simplistic and consequently many in the audience (before they left the seminar) would pay little to no attention to it, and he was absolutely correct.

I on the other hand wrote it down and really thought about it and in the beginning I believed that I understood what it meant, but I realised that the more I thought about it the more it revealed to me about what it takes to succeed.

I wondered; was this the reason why Greg Norman was the dominant golfer in the World at the time?

It made sense that he was doing things a little bit differently to everyone else. Of course the golf media described his extraordinary abilities on the golf course as God given gifts or rare and exceptional talent.

I knew that he started playing golf much later than other golfers and seemed to get better faster. What was he was doing that enabled him to achieve a far greater degree of success than many other professional golfers in less time?

“I figured that this simple formula would go along way to explaining why he and other great golfers got so good so fast?”

Greg Norman was producing outstanding results playing on the same golf course as many other highly skilled golfers and yet was able to dominate many of the events he played in. Tiger Woods has also had the ability to do this and as I studied the formula what became apparent was that the formula explained that the results they were producing were controlled by two elements; the effort they applied and the level of understanding they possessed.

V.J Singh got to number one in the world after forty years of age competing against tour professionals nearly half his age and he came from the small Island of Fiji. He wasn’t a product of a traditional junior golf development background but he found a way to the top. V.J has always had a reputation for working harder at his game than the majority of his peers but I already knew that hard work helped, but it wasn’t the complete answer…There was more.

Results <———————————————————-> Effort

When you look at the formula you have Results at one end and Effort at the other. Applying effort to your game will produce a result, there’s no doubt about it.

The big question is, is it the result you desire. If the answer is no then we need to look at the middle part of the formula for guidance.

The middle part of the formula is Understanding and in producing desirable results we need to develop the correct level of understanding to achieve them, or at the very least get close.

One  definition of  understanding is that it’s the limit of a concept. To understand something you have to be able to conceptualize it to a given measure. To not understand how to improve your golf score is the limit of your knowledge about how to improve your golf skills so that it would lead you to improvement in your golf score.

In his essay “The Limits of Reason”, Gregory Chaitin, a noted computer scientist argues that understanding something means being able to figure out a simple set of rules that explains it. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Understanding)

When you hit a golf shot you are required to know how to play the shot. Your knowledge of how to play the shot determines to a great extent your level of understanding.

“What are the rules you use to to be able to hit a pitching wedge shot from sixty yards out to within 10 feet of the pin 70 percent of the time?”

This amazing and simple formula will work for you one hundred percent of the time in your golf game or any other area of your life where your desire for improvement. Remember this though.

“Do not put effort into improving your golf game if you don’t really know what you’re doing.”

Remember that the key is to realise that the result you desire requires that your level of understanding to be at least the same; and the effort you employ is designed to complement the level of understanding and results you’re striving for.

If you study and apply the formula r = u x e you will experience the results you want faster and more effectively than any other way.

If you don’t understand what you must do to change the behavior of a troublesome golf shot then go take some lessons from a qualified and competent professional golf instructor to gain the understanding you need to improve the results of your golf shot.

So give it a shot and let me know how the “Golf Success Formula” works for you.

Until next time,

Lawrie Montague – Golf Confidence Pro

P.S I’ve just opened a new high performance golf school in Perth, Western Australia, you can visit the website at www.protourgolfcollege.com

Do you lack golf confidence when you putt? In this inspiring and motivating golf putting video you will discover a powerful learning tool that will have you putting better faster than any other way.

“The man who can putt is a match for anyone, and the man who can’t is a match for no one.” – Willie Park (Open Champion 1860)

When I watch a top touring professional like Tiger Woods putt, it reminds me of how simple a putting stroke should be. The pros on the PGA and LPGA tours spend a great deal of their time simplifying their putting strokes so they can make more putts when it matters.

I’m sure that you are well aware that putting accounts for more than forty percent of your total score, so it makes good sense to develop a simple, repeatable putting stroke that you can rely on.

The pro putt technique is the simplest of all the golf strokes you can learn. In this article I will explain how you can focus on just three simple factors that will have you holing more putts than you could imagine.

It’s hard to believe that such a simple action could give so many golfers so much grief. After all, the putting stroke is only inches long and yet its influence is significant because the shortest putt has the same value as the longest and straightest drive that you can hit.

If you want to shoot lower golf scores then you will have to learn how to putt more effectively. Fortunately for us there are only three factors to develop and master to become a highly competent putter.

I believe that any putting stroke that eliminates club face rotation will in the long run be a more successful technique for holing putts. I know this seems obvious but believe me; many of the golfers who attend my golf school suffer from too much club face rotation leading to inconsistent direction off the putter face.

Through my observations of successful professional golfers who are excellent putters I have identified three factors consistent with every one of them. These simple, overlooked factors are not the factors that you read about in virtually every golf instruction book or golf magazine, like a straight putting stroke or accelerate you putter through the ball etc.

These factors relate to the mechanism that drives the stroke and keeps the body in balance at the same time. Following are the three factors that I believe will significantly improve your putting performance day in and day out.

Right Arm in Plane with Shaft
In the address position make-sure that your right forearm and the putter shaft are directly in-line with each other. Then during the back stroke and forward stroke phases, maintain this forearm-shaft relationship.

All successful putters keep their arms and shaft in the same plane, and they power their putting stroke with the muscles of their upper back that moves their forearms backwards and forwards.

Maintain Upper Body Angle to Ball
The second factor that I teach my students to keep their ear to hip angle to ball constant throughout the putting stroke. Any unnecessary up and down movement of your upper body in relation to the ball affects your ability to maintain the radius between the putter face and the top of your spine.

By keeping your upper body stable until three seconds after the ball departs from the club face will help you to strike your putts more solidly leading to better distance control.

Eye-Ball-Target Control
The third factor relates to your ability to keep your eye-line in the same plane as the golf ball and target. Great putters control the putt with their eyes. They watch the ball roll all the way to the target by simply rotating their eyes as their arms move through the ball.

Imagine a triangle from your dominant eye to the hole (or target) and back to the ball. When you strike your putt you maintain your eye to ball to target relationship until the ball comes to rest.

By incorporating the pro putt technique into your putting stroke you will quickly discover that your putting stroke is straighter and more consistent, and your strike on the face is more out of the sweet spot leading to better distance control, ultimately less putts per round and greater golf confidence.

Until next time.

Lawrie Montague