Rant: When Calling Someone “a Natural” is a Left Handed Compliment

I am very proud of both my son Ben and the work we have done with Shawn Clement.

Sometimes I feel bad in that by throwing Ben in experiment after experiment that I have hindered his development as a golfer. However, the payoffs in what Shawn and I have learn are a fret free structured sequential progressive practice paradigm that has yielded surprise after surprise.

I am not going to lie, I love showing off the fact that Ben discovered a LH swing in just 3 days. This amazing feet was one of the surprises that made me start to rethink about how to structure a practice not only for ADHD golfers but all golfers in general. It was at this moment, when I started to turbo charge my using of the neocortical theories of Jeff Hawkins and Numenta in everything that we do.

However, when I showed this to some and said, “Ben discovered this without a single mechanical positional instruction with the exception of grip, posture, and awareness of when the left elbow should bend in the left handed backswing.”

The response from PGA pros or apprentices is almost always the same “Boy he is a Natural”. Nothing to take away from Ben. Ben is talented and I am a proud dad. However, these statements started to feel like a left handed compliment or even worse a little patronizing. It is almost as if these people can not fathom a method to discover a golf swing outside of the micro positional management method that hey have been indoctrinated into.

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ADHD Golfers: Seeing the True Target on Turtleback Greens

Pinehurst Greens and ADHD Focus

There is nothing more challenging than when an ADHD person can not see a discernible target/reward when visualizing a shot during our pre shot routine. Bubba Watson has difficulties at TPC Sawgrass because Pete Dye made it hard to distinguish proper fairway landing area and “no man’s land”. At Pinehurst #2, those turtleback greens can represent that type of challenge for the ADHD golfer.

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ADHD Anxiety and Punitive Free Short Game Practice.

Many ADHD people have to cope with the co-morbid trait of anxiety. Dealing with ADHD and anxiety while playing the game of golf can be very tricky.

The neocortex has a huge role in where and when our anxiety surfaces. Simply put, the neocortex builds models of things in order to predict the future. The models can be nested, associated with other models, … don’t dwell on this too much, it will make your head hurt. The point is that the neocortex adds the emotional state that you are in to the models it builds.

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ADHD Quick Tip: STOP Emptying the Bucket

When we are at the range and our focus wanes, our ADHD brains look for other things to hold our interest.

If the bucket of balls is right in front of you and in plain sight, an ADHD golfer’s focus can shift to emptying the bucket as fast as possible.

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