Are You Effective Efficient and Productive

By David BreslowAugust 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
Todays article
Your game, in fact, everything you do away from the golf course as well functions under the influence of paradox. Those who understand and accept this paradox are those who tend to experience the calm and internal power that flows from it.
What is a paradox? It is defined as:
1. A statement that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth
2. An opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion
Ive witnessed many golfers fall prey to the paradox that literally rules performance. The challenge we all have is described perfectly in the definition above. The phrase, commonly accepted opinion is the real obstacle. It is important to realize that just because something is commonly accepted doesnt mean its the most effective, efficient or productive way to do things. You can see the proof of this all over the golf course!
One common example occurs when golfers try to kill the golf ball. Everyone has done this at some point and its rarely very effective, efficient or productive. What happens when you try to kill the ball or crush a golf shot? The most common responses I hear to this question are:
I swing too hard
I lose rhythm
I lose power
I lose accuracy
I dont hit a very good shot
Interesting. Just the opposite of what we want isnt it? Yet the most commonly accepted opinion when you want to crush a ball is to try to hit it harder. It is the most commonly accepted opinion but it is also not the most effective, efficient or productive way to go about it. So, why does it remain the most commonly accepted opinion if it clearly doesnt get us what we want? I believe it is because we have not fundamentally accepted the paradox involved. The great thing about a paradox (or any of the laws that govern performance) is that a paradox does not require our belief or acceptance for it to function and affect our game. Its going to do it anyway whether we accept it or not. The real question is:
Are you going to use the paradox in your favor or allow it to work against you?

Heres another example. Have you ever gone to bed at night but found you werent very tired? This is frustrating as we stare up at the ceiling hoping that we fall asleep soon. What happens when you try hard to go to sleep? Do you fall asleep easily or is it more difficult? The answer most often given is, its more difficult. Once again, the paradox raises its head. Think about this. Do you really think Trying hard to relax will cause your body to settle into sleep?
Trying hard to crush the ball and trying hard to relax and go to sleep are direct reflections of the paradox at work. Truly understand and accept the paradox and you immediately and positively impact yourself and your game.
What is the paradox I refer to? Its the most common paradox that is most commonly resisted. It is: less is more. Doesnt this fit the definition that says, An opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion? The commonly accepted opinion is, Do more to get more and yet look what happens when you try harder to crush the ball or fall asleep.
There are many other situations both on and off the golf course in which paradox plays an important role.
Are you willing to see it?
To Your Best Golf!
NOTE: Money is no longer an issue! No hype. No gimmicks. For a limited time only you can take advantage of the ONLY online, interactive Performance Improvement training video course of its kind. At your own pace, learn the same performance laws and insights my private clients learn for the limited time breakthrough price of: only $49.95! Its not a misprint. In addition, you also receive $50 in FREE gifts! Click here to see FREE samples and order!
Related Links:
  • David Breslow Article Archive
    Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved. David Breslow is a national speaker, author and Performance Consultant. The book, Wired To Win is available at 888.280.7715. The Mental Game Video Training Course is available here. His clients include professional athletes (PGA, LPGA, other sports) as well as Business and the Private Sector. He brings a fresh, direct, no-nonsense revolutionary approach to unleashing Human Performance helping people make quicker and more powerful shifts in attitude, behavior, and action. His articles are read by over 400,000 people per month on The Golf Channel website and David frequently speaks to organizations of all sizes who want to create real shifts in how people, think, feel and perform every day. For more info on the Interactive Video Training Course, One on One consultation, E-Books and Presentations; please visit: or email: or call: 847.681.0247.
  • Getty Images

    Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

    The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

    There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

    Playing with the pros

    Tiger, DJ and Faxon

    Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

    Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

    Rory faces criticism

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

    President at the Presidents Cup

    Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

    Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

    Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

    Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

    Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

    Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

    Trump golf properties


    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

    Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

    Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

    Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

    Reportedly fake TIME covers

    Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

    Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

    Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

    Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

    Pros comment on the president

    Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

    Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

    Getty Images

    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.