Archive for July, 2009

Father-Son Golf

When You Coming Home, Dad?

Father/Son Golf Tip below…
I had a dream last night. Lucas and I were driving in the car and he launched into full song mode out of the blue. To give you some background he only knows about 40 words and has never put more than 4 words together, so obviously this is a full fledged fiction dream. Anyways here is the song he sang.


These 90 hour work weeks have been keeping me away. My wife says the dream is a sign. So it got me thinking about all my clients who have not spent enough time with their children this year. Therefore I have created the Father/Son “Cat In The Cradle” Golf Lesson Package


Lucas pic

But before we get to the Golf Lesson Package, Lucas and I put together a free video
about the 3 things fathers should never tell their sons about golf. Be sure to watch this video now before the rest of Grand Rapids sees it and the packages sell out before you can get to them.
After you watch the video be sure to call 616-802-4969 to book your time.
“Dear Scott: Your patience and demeanor are well suited to teaching my 6 year old son & I. He now joins me at the range – which makes for some good father-son moments. So, thank you very much for all of your help! I am recommending you to everyone I know.” Christopher M. Brown, Attorney at Law MILLER JOHNSON
Here’s what’s included:
*3 hours of instruction shared with your son. ($450 Value)
*Video and take home CD of your instruction. ($100 Value)
*Nine Hole Round of Golf for you and your son. ($36 Value)
Your Investment: $297
Call 616-802-4969 to register.
Offer Expires 7/31/09

Your Partner In Golf Success,
Scott Seifferlein
PGA Golf Guru

P.S. This could also be used as a mother/daughter, father/daughter or any combination there-of.


P.P.S. No kids? Please forward this to those that would benefit and receive $8.00 per new client referred as part of the 800th client contest. follow the contest at

P.P.P.S. Don’t forget the deadline of July 31st.

Father/Son On-Course Golf Lesson at The Highlands
father son golf lesson

Scott Seifferlein

July Golf Newsletter

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In this issue

Explosives Enclosed! WARNING: This month’s issue contains 5 Golf

Fireworks. Handle with care.

*Bang! Michael Jackson Moonwalk Contest- Page 2

*Boom! Have Your Debtors Legs Broken- Page 3

*Ka-Pow! Your Best Investment & The Neurons in your head- Page 4

*Bang, Bang, Bang! Hole-In-One and more!- Page 5

*Join The Golfer Accountability Page!- Page 6

*Ba-Boom! Declare Your Independence From Bogies- Page 8


How-To drills, examples, news, opinions, a golf lesson in every issue.

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Don’t Forget The LPGA Pro-Am on July 13th. This is a great opportunity for you to witness the best

 players in the world up front on the practice tee. Crowds are light for this event. Get up close views

 of their swings!

Game 7 Shows Us What is Really Needed to Win

By Dr. Eddie O’Connor

Mike Zuidema of The Grand Rapids Press wrote “This wasn’t supposed to happen” after the Penguins beat the Red Wings Friday night to win the Stanley Cup. His statement summarizes what I had been hearing in the papers, on the radio and from the fans throughout the series. There were lots of reasons to believe the Wings would repeat as champions:

* They have championship experience, winning 4 titles in the last 12 years
* These are the types of games the Red wings win
* The home team won each game of the finals and the Wings were playing Game 7 at The Joe.
* All season, the Wings overcame the adversity (periods of poor play and injuries) – they know how to respond to pressure
* They beat the Penguins last year, they can do it again
* The Wings have home-ice advantage
* The support of fans will be the difference
* The Wings had “more talent”, “more depth”, and “more experience”
* The Penguins were without their star Sidney Crosby for much of the game

… You get the idea. Lots of reasons why they should win, but they didn’t.

When it comes to performing your best in any sport, at any level, there are only a few things that matter:

* Thorough preparation physically, mentally, and strategically
* Consistent intensity and effort throughout the game
* Focus on the task at hand and playing in the present moment.

For athletes, all the other things are distractions that can interfere with performance. They can build false confidence and cause you to underestimate the skills of your opponent.

Debate the reasons why their team should win or lose can be fun for the fans and media. But if you are an athlete, keep you focus on preparation, effort, and on your job in the present moment of the game. The other things don’t matter as much. The Penguins showed us that.

Until next time, have fun!
Eddie O’Connor, PhD

Pre-Shot Routine

By Dr. Patrick Cohn

Is your preshot routine inconsistent? Are you overcome with
doubt, indecision, or distraction during your routine? If so,
read on…

As you know, I’m a huge advocate of preshot routines in golf.

As a matter of fact, I did my Ph.D. dissertation on preshot
routines in golf when I was studying at The University of
Virginia in the late 80s.

Why are routines so important? How you THINK during your preshot
routine is critical to the success of every golf shot.

Most golfers assume a preshot routine is about the physical
behaviors they do… A practice swing and how many looks and
waggles you take prior to the shot.

But what you think during your preshot routine (mental routine)
is the most critical aspect of your routines.

What are the objectives of a good preshot routine? I tell my
golf students that a good preshot routine helps you stay focused
in the present, make solid decisions, and harness a healthy dose
of confidence when it’s time to execute the shot.

The 2009 US Open champion, Lucas Glover, discussed another role
of your preshot routine – to deflect pressure or help you focus
well when trying to finish off a good round.

When his nerves kicked in during the Open, what did he do to
stay calm? He took comfort in his preshot routine…

“It was just deep breaths and just fall back on my routine.
Preshot and pick a good target and just hit it. No swing
thoughts under pressure, because there’s too much going on. You
just pick a target, lock in on it and go. If you hit it there,
fine. If you don’t, run up there and hit it again,” said Glover.

I love this quote from Glover because he talks about three
critical components of a solid mental game:

1. Use your routine to focus when under pressure.

2. Don’t over think the shot with too many swing thoughts.

3. Don’t get bent over the results of one marginal shot.

Many golfers I know would play a lot better if they would head
these three messages.

If you want to learn my top secrets to a focused and
pressure-deflecting preshot routine, I suggest you grab your
copy of “The Golfer’s Mental Edge: An 8-Week Plan for Ultimate
Golf Confidence” CD program–

Congress Causing Charitable Donations To Suffer

Charity is a victim of this sudden radioactivity. Golf events raise about $3.5 billion a year, according to SRI International, and only $130 million of that was generated by professional tours. The rest came via 16,000 golf clubs that provide venues.

Hilary Fordwich, who once ran KPMG’s global marketing, is now president of Strelmark Business Development Consultants in Washington, D.C. An avid golfer, she qualified for two Women’s Southern Amateurs with a single-digit handicap, and her website is peppered with links to golfing sites and to her video interviews of pros, including Jack Nicklaus.

Fordwich regularly invites CEOs to golf fundraisers for charity, but when she recently approached the CEO of a large government contractor to sponsor a pro-am for the PGA’s tour in support of the Melwood charity for the disabled, he declined. The company had participated in the past and was doing well in the current economic downturn. The only explanation was that the CEO did not want to appear in a public golf event, concerned about image at a time when Congress is sensitive to CEO excess, says Fordwich, who declined to identify the CEO or company.

The CEO, instead, invited Fordwich to a private golf outing. Golf was still played, only the charity suffered, Fordwich says. The public thinks the fundraising tournaments are “boondoggles,” but this is how money is raised, she says.

Such delicacies seem to end where golf meets Washington influence rather than Washington scrutiny. A USA TODAY analysis of lobbying efforts published this month found that when companies contribute to the charities of members of Congress, they are often rewarded with invitations to play golf with those working on health care and other issues of enormous financial consequence.

Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf and holder of golf patents, says he is not a fan of being politically correct for expedience. He says that both the game and the charities deserve better and calls CEOs “hypocrites” when they quit or hide their golf for public relations reasons.

Leslie Gaines-Ross, a longtime CEO watcher and chief reputation strategist at Weber Shandwick, doubts if fewer CEOs are playing golf. “But no sane CEO would dare brag about his or her golf game during these difficult economic times. CEO reputations are extremely vulnerable, and CEOs are hypersensitive about bad PR. Why throw oil on the fire?”

Graef Crystal, an outspoken critic of CEO compensation and perks, has twice studied large companies run by CEOs with good golf games and has found those companies, in general, tend to perform above average. He says his “pop-psychology take” is that superior corporate performance may require the same focus and discipline required of good golf.

By Del Jones, USA TODAY

U.S. Open Challenge Batters And Bruises Again

For the second year in a row, an NFL quarterback carded the lowest score. This year it was Ben Roethlisberger’s turn. (John Mummert/USGA)

Farmingdale, N.Y. – As their collective legs of Jello wobbled off the 18th green Friday at Bethpage Black, the four Golf Digest U.S. Open competitors were on the verge of surrender.

That’s something coming from at least three-fourths of the contingent, considering their personal success. One, Justin Timberlake, holds rank as a top entertainer on the planet; the next, Michael Jordan, is a six-time NBA champion and perhaps most electrifying athlete ever; and the third, Ben Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls.

The fourth of the group, 59-year-old Larry Giebelhausen of Phoenix, Ariz., represented 73,581 contestants in trying to break 100 on a U.S. Open setup that had its teeth already sharp for next week’s championship. He prepared hard the last three months, obtaining the services of Mike LaBauve at Kierland Golf Course in Scottsdale. He practiced and played enough to lower his Handicap Index to 3.8 by game time.

“Some people will look at this as, ‘Hmm, the golf course beat him,’” said Giebelhausen, a police lieutenant. “Well, yes, but I beat myself , too.”

Giebelhausen finished with a 101 after a shaky start that brought a triple bogey on the first hole.

“It was a little demoralizing,” he said.

That seemed to be the same path Jordan, 46, was following. He, too, carded a 7 on No. 1, before stabilizing a rocky start with a par on the 210-yard par-3 eighth hole. Up to that point, the curse of a Tiger seemed to be coming true. This Tiger, who happens to own last year’s U.S. Open crown, crowed from Orlando, Fla., the other day that neither Jordan, who plays to a 1.2 Handicap Index, nor Roethlisberger, who recently said he was down to a 3.0, would break a 100 on a course the caliber of Bethpage Black. Jordan had taken 39 strokes through the first seven holes.

However, Jordan called on a mental toughness culled to near perfection on the basketball court. Jordan, wearing a fluorescent lime green shirt on his 6-foot 6-inch frame and stoking a cigar, said he thought about the times when he couldn’t find his shot during his epic battles with the New York Knicks. When that happened, he started focusing on the easier elements.

Backed by longtime pro Fred Couples on his bag, Jordan went back to a three-quarter swing that often had him hitting a low ball. The swing wasn’t quite Charles Barkley bad in looks, but it was effective.

“I’m a second-half finisher, no matter how you look at it,” said Jordan with a wry smile. “I was out of my element. If we were playing basketball, I could talk to you all day. I was nervous.

“You’re taught to play at the highest level. After a while, you’re telling yourself you are an athlete. But doubt creeps in out here.”

Jordan rebounded from a 47 on the front to shoot 39 on the back. He parred six of his final nine holes. After the round, he said he’d put the Black in his top-five favorite courses, and through it all, he had fun interacting with the gallery.

“Hey, you!” he said to a fan quaffing a sports drink. “Don’t drink that Tiger [stuff]. Drink the real stuff.”

While waiting to hit on No. 11, another spectator started friendly banter to which Jordan replied, to laugher, “Hey, everybody can’t be like Mike!”

He also playfully kicked and jabbed at Anthony Kim, caddieing for Timberlake, a number of times.

A condensed showing of the six-hour plus round will be shown prior to the fourth round of the U.S. Open a week from Sunday. Spoiler alert: all three of the celebrities broke 100.

The course setup, mirrored to look like what the field will face next week, featured a first cut of rough 2½ to 3 inches deep. A second cut, measuring 4 to 6 inches in depth, stretched to the gallery rope line. Mike Davis, senior director of Rules and Competitions for the USGA, said during the contest that the setup was close to U.S. Open standards. Only two tees, Nos. 3 and 9, were moved up.

Tiger Woods unknowingly sparked the Challenge concept two years ago when he mockingly suggested that a 10-handicapper could not break 100 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club the way it had been set up for the 2007 U.S. Open.

Roethlisberger, 27, followed another NFL quarterback’s performance in last year’s contest, carding the lowest score. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo shot an 84 at Torrey Pines. Despite an eight on the par-5 fourth hole, the Steelers QB found the least amount of nasty rough out of this year’s group. His accuracy off the tee enabled him to stay on the proper side of the hole with many of his approach shots. He had a marvelous par save on the 18th when he sent his drive in deep fescue. Somehow he was able to get up and down. After the round, Roethlisberger gave credit to his caddie — 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate. A Pennsylvania native, Mediate served as much as a mental coach as a looper, in addition to providing the savvy advice of a 25-year tour veteran.

Roethlisberger took satisfaction from his day for more than one reason.

“I talked to Tiger a couple days ago, and he said I had no chance,” said Roethlisberger. “After he said that, I got nervous.”


“Last year the fairways looked like bowling lanes,” he said. “Everywhere here was a bit of challenge, because I’m not used to putting on greens this fast. But the biggest difference was the walk. It’s more hilly here. Torrey was flatter. I can play a show for three hours straight and not feel as tired as I am walking this course in six hours.

“My legs started to give out. That’s where so much respect comes in. These pro guys do this four times a week. If I did that, I’d need some kind of leg surgery.”

Timberlake also said he made more friends, although he was saddened by the news this week of the passing of last year’s contest winner, John Atkinson, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. “It meant a lot to me to see someone like that, someone who was dealt bad cards,” said Timberlake. “He was very inspiring.”

Giebelhausen spoke to Atkinson several times by phone leading up to the contest. Atkinson told him to just have fun.

That’s what Giebelhausen said he’d take away from this week.

The Phoenix police officer wasn’t intimidated by his fellow golfers’ celebrity, but was impressed by their camaraderie. Even at the end, when it was a sure thing that Giebelhausen wouldn’t break 100, Jordan and Timberlake cheered him on to the last putt.

“What impressed me is that they were all nice guys,” he said. “They were fun, supportive and genuine.”

The only returning player from last year’s contest at Torrey Pines, where he shot 98, Timberlake came into this year’s event with the goal of breaking 90. Armed with the most dynamic swing of the group (although Roethlisberger can drive it a mile), the 28-year-old Timberlake made the turn with a 42, then parred two of his final three holes for an 88.