The Timbo Letter #2

Dear Timbo,

I see that you’ve been helping others around the place. This is important and something that I encourage. It’s not something that is widely known but if you really want to learn something to the master level then the best way is to teach and help others.

It might seem a bit airy fairy but I encourage you to keep going with it. By explaining, teaching and thinking of others forces your brain to go deep. You’ve got to think outside the square, you’ve got to experiment and most importantly you get to make mistakes.

All this helps you learn and improve further. Making mistakes might seem like the wrong thing to do – but it actually fast tracks your progress. There’s nothing like working out what doesn’t work and then finding an alternative. The modern world is full of people that are stuck – too scared to move in any direction, fearful they might do something wrong.

So make mistakes and move on quickly. You’ll leapfrog all those statues who think mistakes are bad.

Automatic golf might be the single best discovery I’ve made with my golf game. But learning to share it with others has allowed me to apply it to my game and actually experience the magic of remarkable golf. It’s my little golfing secret that far too few people will ever experience.

If you ever feel you’re stuck and not moving forward, spend a few minutes with someone else. Help them with their chipping, talk to them about automatic golf, demonstrate your routine or write down your thoughts and share it with a golfing buddy. It will unlock the shackles and have you back on track.

Keep up the good work. There’s more to come.

Cameron

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Gregor McCulloch - May 5, 2010

What if people are just not interested in automatic golf? People I have tried to explain this to have been a little less than interested, I suppose because it is so different from the norm.
As for mistakes, I know how to make them alright. No problems there. It’s learning from the mistakes that’s the problem. Say for example your game has not changed for a month. No obvious improvement. Is it time to try a different approach then, or even sooner than that. What if you are actually improving but don’t notice and then you go and change something. Ultimately, what is progress and how do we chart it.

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Tim Hardham - May 5, 2010

Hey buddy,

Yeah I definately see the corelation between teaching others which in turn helps fast-track my learning. It applies to everything I do and I have unconsciously been applying this method of learning to my college work 🙂 It definately makes learning easier and increases retention levels. I am definately starting to apply it to my golf also and know the rewards will come.

I actually have some friends here who have asked me for some advice and I make sure I give them only the basics to work with first. I try to have them feel comfortable and have fun with the game, making sure they learn the game in a way that they learn other things in life. I look forward to working with you and fellow tribers as I move forward, to further enrich all of our learning.

I am very keen to learn more about automatic golf and learning techniques as they apply to the game and other areas of life. I will catch up with you when I return and would love the opportunity to discuss your thoughts on preparation for a tournament I have coming up. (I realise that we dont want to change anything for a big event compared to a casual round – it should be the same) but I want to make sure I currently am doing all I can to take MY BEST GAME to the course

Cheers mate

Tim

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Cameron - May 5, 2010

@Gregor: The thing is that Automatic Golf is not that different from how we perform most other day to day skills. Driving a car, riding a bike, brushing teeth etc – they are all performed automatically. Golf learning has got lost by too much left brain thinking.

If you’re interested in teaching it to others you can try selling them on the benefits:

“hey mate, would you mind if I show you a technique that will increase your confidence and help you lower your score?”

The other thing is that it’s not for everyone. Many golfers are stuck and closed to new ideas. They need to feel like they have full control over what they’re doing. So I suppose you can only assist those that are prepared to listen.

Thanks for posting

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Cameron - May 5, 2010

@Tim: I’m around mate – happy to help out any way that I can.

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Tony Lucas - May 5, 2010

I tend to agree with you a little bit on this one Gregor because I have found it hard to get across to people as well but I find it a little easier if instead of trying to give them the hole box and dice I just aim for snippets.If someone say for instance is having problems with a particular chip shot I will then say to them why don,t you try auto and heaven forbid should it work the recommendation then is if it works for one shot why don’t you try it for the whole game.I am so glad Tim you have chosen to go the auto path and I like others no doubt look forward to your input so keep up the good work.
Cheers Lukey
PS Steady is still without a computer (stolen)but is hoping to be back in the fray within a couple of weeks.

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Grayden Provis - May 5, 2010

Convincing others that automatic golf is worth a try…..

I find the following approach gets ’em thinkin’…….

You: Hey [Fred], what do you think about when you swing the golf club?

Fred usually answers “keep the left arm straight, be sure to pause at the top” etc etc…..you know the story

You: What would happen if you didn’t think about any of those things?

Fred will usually answer that he would swing lousy and hit the ball all over the park

You: What do you think about when you’re brushing your teeth?

Fred will usually answer “nothing” or “work” or “who will win the footy on Saturday” etc etc

You: How come you don’t start brushing your teeth lousy and missing your teeth and brushing your gums?

Fred will usually say something about “you just do it without thinking, subconsciously”

You: Yeah, like throwing a ball and walking down steps and playing table tennis and virtually every other thing we do every day without thinking…..why should hitting a golf ball be any different? What if we just let the subconscious mind hit the ball because it ALREADY KNOWS HOW TO DO IT?

Fred will usually not have much of an answer at this point. (because there ISN”T an answer at this point 🙂

You: Now, Fred, tell me…..have you ever tried to consciously control your feet while walking down some steps? No? Try it. I guarantee you’ll just about fall down the steps!

By now Fred is often all ears

You: Guess why you can’t hit a golf ball Fred? Because you’re trying to manually control something that the brain EXPECTS to do by itself. Your confusing it. Step out of the way and let your brain just do what does best.

Fred will usually say something like “Yeah, sounds good, but how? How can you NOT think about what you’re doing while you’re doing it?”

Fred is often now ready to hear about the Cam routine……not always, but usually in my experience

Have a go with the next golfer you’re chatting to. Let us all know what happens. And remember its FUN! We’re not curing cancer here, just hitting golf balls.

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    Cameron - May 5, 2010

    @Grayden: Fantastic. I like it … a lot. Might have to use this in a post or email. Well done. Everyone can learn from this comment. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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Tim Hardham - May 6, 2010

Better words have never been spoken Grayden!

Cam I’ll have a chat as soon as I am back (21-24 May) Tournament starts on 25th in Perth

Cheers

Tim

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Cameron - May 6, 2010

@Timbo: Talk soon mate. Keep an eye peeled for letter #3.

Cam

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