Tips for Improving (Part 1)

The more Todd and I teach, the more we realize it is more about getting adults to make changes vs. teaching fundamentals.

To be honest, the fundamentals of Moe’s single plane swing really aren’t that difficult (if you compare to many other methods)… the difficult part is getting adults/students to make changes.

As we have discussed many times, it is not about breaking habits (that is impossible), but rather about creating new habits.

Over the past years, we have worked and worked and worked with 1,000s of students and we have worked and worked and worked on what is the best way for adults to create new habits.

A couple of years ago, we came across a book called “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle. If you have been reading our past newsletters or watched our webinars in the past, I am sure you have heard us reference this book many times. In fact, we had Mr. Coyle as a guest lecturer and instructor during one of our past webinars. The Talent Code is about how to create new habits through deep practice – everyone knowing that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to 10 times faster than conventional practice. It also discusses ignition – motivation to get started and master coaching – virtues that enable coaches to fuel passion, inspire deep practice and bring out the best in their students. A great read I would recommend to everyone.

This past year, Mr. Coyle published a new book inspired by the original Talent Code called “The Little Book of Talent, 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills”.

It is described as a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use hand book of scientifically proven, field tested methods to improve your skills – your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills – in sports, music, art, math and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you are 10 or 100, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”


(The book is available at

What I want to do in upcoming instructional e-tips is go through these tips for improving your skills and directly relate them to you creating new habits and learning the single plane swing fundamentals.

Tip # 1   Stare At Who You Want to Become

Use this as an “energy source” for your brain. Use pictures or, better, videos. Watch videos of who you want to emulate (Moe), watch them before you practice, watch them at night before you go to bed, watch them anytime to imprint a vision of what you want to do.

A great place to see videos of Moe is at our website: www.moenorman.ORG Go to the home page and look to the right. You will see videos and still pictures of Moe performing demos, etc. Click on the view video on which ever you want to watch.

Tip # 2  Spend Fifteen Minutes A Day Engraving The Skill On Your Brain

Watch the skill being performed, closely and with great intensity, over and over, until you build a “high-definition” mental blueprint or “engrave” in on your brain. The key to effective engraving is to create an intense connection: to watch and listen so closely that you can imagine the feeling of performing the skill. Project yourself inside the performer’s body… Become aware of the movement, the rhythm; try to “feel” the interior shape of the moves.

Again, would suggest watching the Moe and Todd videos. You can also search a few we have put on YouTube. As Mr. Coyle stated, spend 15 minutes doing this – this about all the time we can focus intently on something. too much we lose focus and will “wonder” back into our old habits… Picture yourself swinging like Moe, think what it would and should feel like, watch his timing and rhythm….

Tip #3 Steal Without Apology

We are often told that talented people acquire their skill by following their “natural instincts”. This sounds nice, but in fact it is baloney. All improvement is about absorbing and applying new information, and the best source of information is top performers. So steal it.

We have done this for you.  Obviously we are “stealing” Moe’s swing. We have done the research for you, we have the “stealing” for you. Study this material and start to put into action. The best start is to view our Single Plane Solution DVD. It is the absolute best place to start learning Moe’s fundamentals.



Tip #4   Buy A Notebook

Top performers keep some form of daily performance journal. What matters is not the precise form. What matters is that you write stuff down and reflect on it.  Results from today, ideas for tomorrow, goals for next week, etc. A notebook works like a map: It creates clarity.

Again, these are tips from The Little Book of Talent – 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills.

This is just a start – we will be reviewing many more tips for improvement and relate them to how you can create new habits/learn Moe’s single plane swing.

Following these tips are designed to help you get started, improve your skills/swing, and then help you sustain progress.

6 thoughts to “Tips for Improving (Part 1)”

  1. Todd,

    One of my favorite quotes is by Picasso. Lesser artists borrow, great artists STEAL !


  2. I have tried to improve my game for many years but am still not able to get any better. Can’t afford to take lessons because am on a fixed income. Thanks for your emails I read and watch videos when presented.
    Doyle Burke PS: I am 79 years old handicap is 33

  3. I watch and enjoy Your videos. I am 81and enjoy the game.
    I have had 3 back surgeries, the first consisting of pins and fusions, so am not flexible but do the best that I can.
    I need to practice more.

  4. Wow, does THAT comment hit close to home! I’m 79 with a 15 handicap, took dozens of lesson from teaching pros at my very prestigious club, my handicap slowly drifted up from an 18 to about 21 over 25 years. 😳 Two years ago met a pro I really liked, reminds me of Moe, and my game has improved more in those 2 years than the previous 25, so there IS hope. I’m working on it almost every day, drive 45 minutes each way to see this guy, he is truly interested in making me better, promises I’ll shoot my age this year. Still make too many double bogeys, but I have had three eagles in the last couple of years, really excited & loving golf.

  5. the single plane swing is the only solution to transfer bad habits and become a better golfer,i know what i am talking about ,i have looked for over 50 years to become a good golfer with all kind of lessons ,one day i saw a professional golfer who was looking to be better, this guy found moe norman and saw a genius in action .After a couple of years i discovered Todd and Tim since now 4 years i could definitly play a better golf not perfect but i know nothing on the planet equal the simplicity of the purity of single plane swing.I say thank to todd and tim for their sincere passion for us all.

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