More Help from Golf Coaches

If you have read this blog for any time at all, you know that I “borrow” extensively from golf coaches. This is because there are many similarities between golf and archery. This latest tip is to a column by Golf Mental Coach David MacKenzie and it involves arousal control. Both golf and archery are “low arousal sports,” hence the connection.


Module 4: Arousal And Arousal Control

Postscript I am not exactly “flush” as the saying back in my day went, but when I find one of these coaches very helpful, I tend to buy one of their products as a form of payment. In general, they are running their sites as a money-making proposition. And, I encourage you to do the same, if you can.


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3 responses to “More Help from Golf Coaches

  1. Coach Rama.

    Respectfully Sir,
    you constantly refer to golf.
    I know nothing about golf and do not want to explore this area in association to archery.
    You did post something about the similarities between the circular movement connecting golf and archery movements a while back.
    I made an effort to go and meet a professional golf coach and we had an in depth talk.
    We didn’t connect our disciplines and found them to be very different.
    Forgive me for being straightforward


    • No, Coach Rama, you do not need to apologize. The similarities are not so much physical but mental. In golf, they use shot sequences for example. They use arousal control methods, as the recommended article addresses. Physically they swing clubs of different lengths at different speeds on different paths, whereas we try to execute the same shot each time with only minor modifications, so not similar at all. But they take long walks after shots as we do! :o)

      If you know nothing about golf, some of the similarities may not be noticeable. If you know nothing about golf, some of the references may be opaque and inaccessible to you. So, you can just skip any references I may make to the similarities of golf to archery as unuseful to you.

      But no need to apologize, I just didn’t give you good advice.

      On Wed, Dec 8, 2021 at 8:15 AM A Blog for Archery Coaches wrote:



      • Ron Kumetz

        I have a completely different view. Not only do I see value in this for coaching archery but as chief of a volunteer fire department I see a potential use in training firefighters. We teach breathing control as a method of extending one’s air supply when working with a self contained breathing apparatus. In addition to the problem of using air faster when the adrenaline is flowing there are also issues of firefighters getting tunnel vision and being so focused on one thing or task that they are not aware of potential hazards around them. Controlling that arousal level seems like an interesting concept to investigate.

        How does this relate to the original comments? It is my opinion that trying to make connections between developments outside one’s sphere of interest and within is more beneficial than concentrating on proving that there is no connection. All human activities are connected by virtue of the humans involved and humans are very very complicated.

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