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The #1 Reason Why You Don’t Bring Your Practice Game To The Course

The biggest problem I have assisted golfers to overcome in my entire career is the maddening frustration that you can’t swing or putt when it counts like you do in practice.  On the range or practice putting green, you’re smooth…it’s easy…you’re relaxed and comfortable and literally like another person.

And then you step up to the first tee and something takes over you.  Sometimes you really feel it but much of the time, you don’t and you have visions and thoughts that today is going to be your day…but it doesn’t happen.


I’ll tell you in this video why…

When you run into slow play on the course

It’s going to happen at some time in your future.  You are cruising along a course and in a rhythm and feeling like your game is coming together.  All of a sudden, you catch up to a slow group in front of you, and the pace comes to a screeching halt.  Everybody in your group complains and gets frustrated.  You lose your game and your score takes a nosedive for the rest of the round.

As with everything I teach, the time to fix these things is BEFORE you go out to the course. Too many golfers ask me questions in this format:  “Craig, what do I do when…..(bad thing happens)?”

The better question should be something like:  “Craig, how can I be prepared so that when I run into slow play, it doesn’t affect me negatively?”

Below is a 12 min. coaching call I did with a golfer to address this issue.  This should never be a problem ever again for you after listening to this.

By the way, my student in the audio went on to her club championship, took my advice and she played awesome through the slow play that she expected.


Greens and Fairways,


Coaching call lesson: The Perfect Mindset For a Breakthrough

Senior golfers smiling

Before setting your scoring goal, you should realize that your mindset going forward is just as important as the number you choose.
Far too many golfers are on a linear track to achieve their golf goals. This works for normal life success very well. Golf, on the other hand, will not be conquered that way for most people.  Listen to how Craig discusses the beginnings of this and how you would do well to open the doors to golf’s secrets. The audio below was taken from an actual coaching call from 2015 golf class.

Are Your Scores Stuck Because of a Physical Or Mental Issue?

I’ve been a golf mental coach for over 10 years now working with golfers from rank beginners to tour players and if there’s been one thing I’ve never really been able to figure out about golfers it’s this:

If just about every golfer knows that, once you have the basics of the game,  golf is 90% mental…

then why is it that only a small % of golfers who say they want to improve their game actually do anything about their mental game?

I think I finally got the answer.

Golfers think that their issues are not mental! I’ve got news for you, if you are playing regularly and have the skills, it’s almost ALL mental!!

Follow me now…

For instance…A golfer goes to the range or a lesson with an instructor. After warming up and getting some reps in, the golfer starts hitting the ball pretty consistently. In a lesson, the instructor may even say something like:  “Your swing is looking pretty good and if you can just do the same exact thing on the course,  you’ll do well.”

The golfer goes to the course, sometimes within minutes of one of the above scenarios, and then the swing is nothing like it was on the range.  Here’s the kicker… the golfer thinks it’s a PHYSICAL issue since we are talking about the swing here.

But, that’s not true at all and is the big error golfers make and why they get stuck on scoring plateaus and don’t improve.

Below is a 9 min. clip of some coaching I did where I answered some emails that came to me and I go deep into this.  The email I answered is from a pool player but I relate the issue to golfers midway through the video so stick with it until then. It’s the same exact thing for golfers anyway.

Breaking 80 – part 4: Fear is at the cause of many misses

Many golfers are completely unaware of why they miss clutch putts and struggle to have a smooth swing when under pressure. Bottom line? It’s fear.  The cause of these fears can be eliminated the same way we change any habit or make any long term unconsciously-controlled behavior or reaction.   Watch part 4 of my journey telling you how I broke 80 without practicing.
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Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

My Secrets To Breaking 80 – Part 3

I did 2 things with my swing to break 80. The first, square and point, is in part 2 and I talk a little bit more about that here.

The 2nd thing is in this video…eliminating chunks and tops.

Trouble with this video? Watch on Youtube: Stop Chunking Sculling Topping

Tiger Woods visualization

Nicklaus visualization and what to focus on

“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp, in-focus picture of it in my head. First I see the ball where I want it to finish, nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I see the ball going there: its path, trajectory, and shape, even its behavior on landing. Then there is a sort of fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.” Jack Nicklaus

Remember, I’ve said this before but it bears repeating…  You don’t have to be visual to do visualization. Do it your way. I usually use the words:  Think or Imagine instead of “visualize” or “see” as Nicklaus does.  The concept is still there and the goal is to connect to your inner mind and communicate to it what you want more of….

Part 2 of my talk I gave at my local course below

greens and fairways,


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The lesson to solve all your golf problems

Once you get the secret to playing “Unconscious Golf” the game gets a lot easier and more fun.This is a segment from a talk I did on the mental game for a grand opening of a new range at my home course in Bellevue WA.  If you’ve heard this from me before, towards the end, I give you something new that I’ve been teaching all my athletes with great success…

Tell me what you think it is in the comments and I’ll tell you if you’re right and give you the answer there.

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Nor Cal PGA Names Eric Jones of The Bridges Golf Club the Teacher of the Year

VACAVILLE, Calif. — The Northern California Section of the PGA is pleased to announce that Eric Jones, PGA Teaching Professional at The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, Calif., has garnered the 2014 NCPGA Teacher of the Year Award. Jones is being honored for his contributions to golf instruction for players and professionals at the facility, PGA Section, and National level. People of all ages and playing levels can take advantage of the resources at their local facility. There are PGA Golf Instructors there who can help them learn or improve their golf skills.


Jones is a graduate of Stanford University where he played collegiate golf and also served as the Junior Varsity/Assistant Coach. He is one of only a few PGA Professionals who holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology. An accomplished competitive golfer, Jones has been playing golf for more than 45 years. He won the 2003 World Long Drive Championship title and captured his 2nd Long Drive Championship title in 2012.
“I am passionate about the art and science of teaching golf. I feel strongly that the future of golf instruction lies not just in improving the swing nor in enhancing mental skills, but in the intersection of both disciplines, where the mind and the mechanics work together to maximize performance,” said Jones.


Jones is the author of more than 100 articles on golf, an expert consultant to the PGA, featured keynote speaker at major golf shows, founder of the Eric Jones Golf Academy, and author of numerous golf books including “The 5 Keys to Distance”, “The A-Game Cheat Sheet”, and “How To Practice Your Golf Swing Like The Pros”. His innovative books, videos and seminars have helped countless golfers elevate their performance.
His teaching practice extends well beyond the traditional one-on-one sessions to include clinics, workshops, seminars, monthly training programs, online instruction, a radar-based training program and a new junior golf academy. By structuring a teaching practice with multiple forms of student engagement, Jones is able to provide the equivalent of more than 1,800 lessons per year and a variety of structured improvement programs that make instruction accessible to all levels of players at affordable price points.

Stop over thinking and focus better on the course – Part 4


How to improve focus for golf part 4


Ok, you still need help with focus for your golf game even after what I taught you in the first 3 parts huh?


Well, then you’ve got some work to do. And that work I’m talking about is clearing the destructive beliefs you have about your game. That’s the final frontier.   These beliefs are what bring up the negative thoughts and difficult emotions that cause the tension that ruins your swing.


It’s pretty hard to focus when your automatic mind keeps bringing up the fact that you’ve played 9 good holes and every time you’ve done that, you fall apart on the back 9. Somewhere, somehow, you developed a belief about your game that causes this problem and wrecks your focus.


Our beliefs about ourselves are what govern our ability to succeed at anything. You may have a really fast speedboat but if you are dragging an anchor around behind it, it will never reach it’s maximum speed on the water. That anchor is like your beliefs about your golf game.


These beliefs are like programs on a computer that are plugged into the operating system and they just run whenever they are triggered. You are the computer. Your subconscious mind is your operating system. You’ve got to into the programming and clear it out of the system.


So how do we get rid of these beliefs that cause all this destruction?


Step 1. Identify the beliefs. This might seem like the easy part but in reality, most of us have quite the blind spot to it and can’t see the forest but for the trees. Here’s some common ones I run into that may be yours or inspire you to find your variation:


I’m not strong/tall/coordinated/flexible enough to play good golf.

I’m too old/young.

I’m not athletic.

I’m not consistent.

I’m not a good putter.

I’m too short off the tee.

I can’t put 18 holes together.

I can’t play under pressure.

I’m great on the range but not on the course.

I’m a 100+ or 90’s or 80’s player.

This hole/course owns me.

Are you getting the picture here? Have you ever caught yourself saying these things or thinking them? They may be programmed at the subconscious level by now if you have and literally, your body will make sure that you play to those beliefs because they are your truth whether they help or hurt you.


Step 2. When those thoughts or feelings come up, take a deep breath into the belly, let it go and then say or think to yourself: CANCEL, that’s how I used to be, now I am (and state the opposite of that thought).

This is a very simple technique that can work for you if you work it.

Some beliefs can be really stubborn and that’s when I go to hypnosis which goes directly to the subconscious…but that’s another story for a different video. Go to for more on that.


greens and fairways,