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Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ If truth be told, there is never really a good time or reason to hurry. This game we love to play is not a sprint, but rather more like a marathon. Eighteen holes of golf will never be a slam-dunk above the rim. Four or five hours across any greens can put us through our paces no matter how sweet the day might be shining. So find- ing balance is the key to the Way. Learning how to slow down will ultimately help us in that quest. My advice to a lot of my students is this; slow and steady wins the race. Try to think in terms of 80% and remember to breathe. The longer one stays in

one’s swing, the more balance they are likely to find. Know- ing where one’s golf ball is going has much to do with squaring up the club-face. In the end one still needs to stay down and through the impact zone long enough to not top the ball or catch it thin. I once had a student who thought that

There is no such thing as natural touch. Touch is

something you create by

hitting millions

of golf balls. Lee Trevino

swinging real hard and fast was the ticket. I saw that same student swing so hard that he literally missed the ball five times in a row. Hopefully none of us finds

that kind of tragedy anytime too soon. What is called for is simple; it’s time to get back to basics. Once again learning how to slow down is the first step on that path to success. I encourage my students to use their breath as a tool and an ally in this process. Yes we all want speed but a steady rhythm and tempo just might take us a lot further. Com- mon sense should lead us to seeking the fairway at 200 yards rather than going 250 yards two fairways over. Long might be sexy but straight still has its merits. The best players in the

world know this. When you watch them play they never seem to be in any kind of hurry. Their pace is impec- cable and it comes from that place of awareness which

leads to outer balance and in- ner calm. Tension and stress are the real killers. Returning to the breath is really not only a form of meditation in action; it is the key to cracking the code on the links. This zone of consciousness has led me to recognizing the importance of a softer grip. When I am at the peak of my performance and power, I am holding the club-handle lightly like a baby cloud in my trail hand. This allows for a more efficient transfer of energy, extension and release. This can feel like magic. The target in the distance is simple. Slow and steady wins the race.

James A Fish owns

Eagle Eye Golf Coaching in Sonoma County. He is also a professional Golf PRO at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park. His website is:

Happy New Year! by James Fish •


Musical Inside the High-Stakes World of Pun Competitions


San Francisco, CA. ~ Com- ing to SF SketchFest, it’s a new hour-long musical in- side the high-stakes world of Pun Competitions, which are a real thing that actually ex- ist. A celebration of awkward word nerds, and an excuse to shoehorn as much wordplay into songs as possible. (Fun!) At SF SketchFest one night only, after enjoying sold-out shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Ange- les. Friday, January 10th, 8pm @ PianoFight ~ 144 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102 ~ Teaser Trailer: https://youtu. be/genNKEIty4c ~ Ticket Link:

JOKES & Humor #5

It was a sunny Saturday morning, a little before 8 a.m., I was on the first hole at The Oaks of St. George Golf Club and beginning my pre-shot routine, when a piercing voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker:

"Would the gentleman on the woman's tee back up to the men's tee please!"

I could feel every eye on the course looking at me. I was still deep in my routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption.

Again the announcement: "Would the man on the woman's tee kindly back up to the men's tee."

I simply ignored the guy and kept concentrating, when once more, the voice yelled, "Would the man on the woman's tee back up to the men's tee. please?!?!"

I finally stopped, turned around, cupped my hands and shouted back: "Would the guy with the microphone please keep quiet and let me play my second shot!"

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