Table of Contents


    Preface:                     An Introduction To The Way                             
                                                                                    
    Chapter One-            The Player's First Experience                              1
                                       The Golfing Journey
   
    Chapter Two-            Awareness Imagery, And Coaching                     5
                                       The Role Of Imagery
                                       The Game: Mental or Physical?
                                       Imagery Is Learned Through Experience
                                       The Role Of The Coach
                                       Awareness And The Way We Learn
                                       The Performance Mode
                                       Golf Is An Underhanded Game
                                       Tossing Is Natural
                                       Clubface Awareness
                                       Using Your Natural Hand
                                       From The Short Game To The Long Game
                                       Awareness Skills        
                                      The Process Of Imagery
                                       Watch Out For Negative Images
                                       Staying Within Yourself

    Chapter Three-      Playing The Game                                                 29
                                      Why Do We Play Games?
                                      Analyst, Hoper, Or Golfer?
                                      The Purpose vs. The Goal
                                      Spending Time On The Purpose
                                      Who Do You Bring To The Course?
                             


    Chapter Four-     Golf Is A Target Sport                                              41
                                     Developing The Fundamentals
                                     Golf Is A Target Sport
                                     Tossing It Around
                                     Developing Your Tossing Awareness
                                     Tossing With The Club
                                     Playing The Shots
                                     Extending Your Follow-Through
                                     Developing Confidence In The Short Game
                                     Summary Of Tossing Skills And Fundamentals

    Chapter Five-     Beyond The Short Game                                          69
                                     Beginning With The Finish
                                     The Basic Fundamentals And The Finish
                                     Developing The Finish
                                     Journeying To The Finish
                                     Developing A Center For Your Swing
                                     Pivoting And Finishing
                                     Understanding The Lateral Shift
                                     The Swinging Motion
                                     Turning On The Power
                                     Setting It All In Motion
                                     Summary Of The Long Game Skills

    Chapter Six-        Fine Tuning Your Golfing Skills                            101
                                     Finding The Source
                             
    Chapter Seven-   Maintaining Your Fundamental Skills                 109
                                     The Warm-up Routine
                                     One-handed Tossing
                                     Two-Handed Tossing
                                     Swing-Tossing
                                     Notes On The Short Game The Warm-Up Routine
                                     Finishing The Swing
                                     Swinging To The Finish
                                     Turning To The Finish
                                     Fine-Tuning Your Skills
                                     The Warm-up Routine Summary



    Chapter Eight-    Getting In Touch With Your Inner Golfer              117
                                     Letting Your Inner Golfer Play
                                     The Game

    Chapter Nine-     The Future Of The Game                                         127
                                     Golf, An Ever-Evolving Game

    Chapter Ten-          The Photo Album                                                   135

    Foreword

        For several decades golf instruction has remained stagnant, as evidenced by the fact that the
    average handicap has not been lowered—despite advances in golf club technology and
    improvements in course conditions.
       This stagnation is not due to a lack of knowledge of swing mechanics by instructors—quite the
    contrary.  Video technology has enabled teachers to isolate quite precisely the proven effective
    mechanics of the golf swing.  Almost every trained instructor knows the way a good, effective golf
    swing works.  The problem has been a lack of innovation in the communication arena.  The game
    has not had enough creative, imaginative teachers who discover new ways to explain the known
    mechanics to students in ways that enable them to perform those mechanics.  But all that has
    quickly changed.  Led by the pioneer thinking of Michael Murphy, an army of forward thinking,
    innovative teachers have mobilized around the world, and are poised to revolutionize the way the
    game is taught and learned.
       The vanguard of this instructional revolution—imaginative instructors like Fred Shoemaker
    (“Extraordinary Golf”), myself with “Holographic Golf” & “Beyond Golf”, and other—is pushing ever
    forward, and the evolution of golf instruction is accelerating.  The movement is snowballing as
    creative teachers with ideas once considered esoteric are coming forth with innovations that work.
       With “The Way Of The Golfer”, Ed Tischler not only joins this vanguard, but he moves to the front
    of the movement with a structured method of learning that combines the “best of the best”.
       Ed’s book is a good example of the power of a new perspective.  “The Way Of The Golfer”
    proves that if you stay on path, you’ll find the way.  His book is the best delineation of the most
    effective path to better and enjoyable golf that I’ve seen.
       Most books (on most any subject involving self-improvement) speak volumes on the desired end-
    result.  But they fall short when it comes down to the how of reaching that result.
       The “Way Of The Golfer” is filled with innovative, creative methods which enable the average
    golfer to experience the magnificence of well-executed golf shots, and it is filled with structured drills
    which enhance the golfer’s ability to repeat those shots consistently.  
       Every golfer, from beginner to touring professional, can improve and develop as a golfer by
    studiously committing to Ed’s methods.  “The Way Of The Golfer” takes golf’s new instructional
    direction to yet another level, and further contributes to the end of instructional stagnation.


    Larry Miller, P.G.A. member
    Former PGA Tour Player, author of
    “Holographic Golf” and “Beyond Golf”,
    Member, Golf Writer Ass’n of America


    Introduction

        As I began writing this book, my main intention was to present readers with the basic information we use in the
    New Horizons Golf Approach.  My goal was to produce a sort of textbook that our students could use during their
    training.  Thus, if they ever found themselves off track, they'd have some reference material to fall back on.  I also
    wanted to introduce this material in such a way that anyone could benefit from reading it, even if they had never
    attended one of our training courses. My hope is that this book will help you develop a very productive approach
    to your game.
        For this to come true, I believe we must reach a meeting of our minds, a sort of intellectual contract, based on
    my commitment as a dedicated coach and yours as an honorable student.  My commitments are to provide you
    with the necessary information to make your new approach productive in the areas of learning, enjoyment, and
    performance.  Your commitments involve sticking with the program and dedicating the necessary time until you
    truly understand what it can do for you.
        The New Horizons Approach is much different from any traditional ones you might know.  It focuses on
    awareness as the natural path to learning.  It deals with your inner relations as well as your physical ones.  So,
    you will get to know the inner you while developing your outer foundation.  It involves the possibility that you
    already possess a truly magnificent game of golf.  You simply need to express it.  Along the way you will learn how
    to quiet your mind and relax your body.  Like any athletic endeavor, you will establish the necessary physical
    skills, however, you will also come to understand the necessary inner skills.  In short, you will find a true balance
    between mind and body.  So, you will come to understand the workings of your inner golfer as well as your
    physical technique.  
        Completing the New Horizons training is certain to provide you with the skills, understanding, and motivation to
    maintain your way.  As you stick to The Way of the Golfer, you'll develop the trust and confidence you have
    always believed to be possible.  You will acquire a new perspective, one that will allow you to use your imagination
    to play the game.  Along the way, your imagination will become free to direct your desires, instead of just dream
    about them.  Finally, you will develop such a thorough understanding of the game that you will be able to take
    your game to its next horizon.
        Staying on path as a New Horizons Golfer will take commitment and stick-to-it-tiveness.  It will require regular
    practice, and continual recommitment.  It will require that you condition yourself physically, mentally, and inwardly.  
    To truly find out want this journey has to offer, you must make the commitment to give The Way of the Golfer an
    honest try.  
        If you stick with the program continually, you will understand why your shots go where they go, and you'll
    understand how to target your play.  You'll understand the game's true fundamentals, and the essence of how
    you play your shots.  You'll truly know how to play the game, a game in which every shot is played as an
    expression of your inner desire.

    Chapter  One: A Player’s First Experience


    The Golfing Journey

       Those who experience this mystical lure encounter a sense of fulfillment, belonging, and incommunicable
    happiness.  Once experienced, there inevitably begins a search for the secret of mastering its execution.  
    Furthermore, each player soon realizes it is because of this mystical connexion that he's attracted to the game in
    the first place.  This is evident as we commonly experience the one shot per round that keeps us coming back.  
       As the player sets forth on this journey, there is always a question of where, and how, to begin.  If you're one of
    the many who's searching for the answer to this question, then you need to understand how your approach to
    learning has a direct effect on your performance.  In other words, you must become aware of your total approach
    to the game.  
       Your total approach consists of learning, performing, and maintaining the necessary skills and habits.  Your
    learning depends on your skills of attention, awareness, and understanding.  The quality of your performance
    depends on your powers of imagery, commitment, and trust.  Your maintenance program involves routines for
    physical, mental, and inner conditioning.  To play consistently, you must stay committed to your approach.  It's an
    ongoing process, no matter how long you continue to play.
       The success rate of the average golfer remains extremely low.  For one thing, most golfers don't truly pay
    attention to what they are doing as they practice and play.  Instead of paying attention, they think too much.  The
    more they think, the more confused they become, and the harder it is to pay attention.  The confusion lies in the
    fact that there are many different viable ways to play.  That's because golfers come in many different shapes and
    sizes.  So, you must develop an approach that accommodates your particular needs.  You must find a way of
    performing the fundamentals naturally.  
       Imagine this, as your body performs the fundamentals, it does so in your own unique way.  As your body does
    so, your swing will take on a unique look.  It will look unique because your body is not built like everybody else.  
    Therefore, the way your body performs the fundamentals will have its own style.  
       If your fundamentals are sound, then your technique will be sound.  This is true no matter how unique your
    swing looks.  To me, all swings on tour are unique.  Even the players that have the same technical styles look
    uniquely different from each other.  So, spend more time paying attention to your fundamentals than you do
    worrying about how your swing looks.  
       Notice that I said, “ pay attention” to your fundamentals.  This is because paying attention is more important
    than thinking.  In many hours spent on the lesson tee, I've heard hundreds of students say, " I know what I am
    supposed to do, but I cannot do it."  What they really mean is, they know the concept of what they want to do, but
    are not aware of how to do it.  The theories of physics or mechanics tell us what needs to happen, but they don't
    tell us how to let it happen.  Understanding the concept of what needs to happen involves thinking.  Letting the
    action happen involves being aware.  It involves paying attention to what is happening.
       When you think about it, all those “how to" books out there are really "what needs to happen" books.  They
    assume we possess the basic skills necessary to perform the given tasks.  For example, how to books on
    carpentry assume you know how to hammer, saw, or use any other tool you need to build something.  They don’t
    teach you how to hammer a nail or drill a hole.  They assume you’ve already learned the basic skills through trial
    and error.   
       Finally, the essence of the game is simple, and the most  simple view of the game is that you must become truly
    aware of your swing, the ball, and your target.  If you do so, you will understand for yourself the best way of
    getting the ball in the hole.  What I’m saying is that you learn through experience.  And to learn through
    experience, you must pay attention to what you’re doing.  The more you pay attention to what you’re doing, the
    more you’ll become aware of what works, and the more you’ll understand how to play great golf.  Through this
    process of awareness you’ll become absorbed in the very lure that attracts you to the game.  Fascinated with this
    entire process, you’ll find the courage to journey beyond the traditional barriers of the game, into a game with new
    horizons.  
New Horizons Golf Approach
I n n o v a t i v e  C o a c h i n g  F o r  G o l f e r s
Copyright 2006 EA Tischler / New Horizons Golf Approach. All rights reserved.

        The three following excerpts express some of the fundamental issue of how we as golfers are being while
    playing golf on the golf course.  Much of the New Horizons Golf Approach deals with our state of being as
    compared to how we are swinging.


    Why Do We Play Games?
                                                   
        I often ask my students, “Why do you play golf?”  The usual answer is, “Because it is fun.”  Then I ask,
    “What makes it fun?”  I get a variety of answers at this point, because every golfer gets to decide for himself
    the purpose of playing the game.  However, what I really want to know is, “Why did they play golf in the first
    place?  What continues to attract them to the game?  My experience has taught me that golfers continue to
    play because something inspires them to play.  
        So, what inspires us to play, and what keeps us coming back?  The game can be so frustrating that golfers
    are continually compelled to quit the game.  However, that same golfer will recommit to the journey even as
    early as the next day.  So what makes the game so attractive?  What continues to inspire us to play?
        I believe this inspiration comes from inside us.  I believe that playing golf is a creative process, a form of art
    you might say.  Like all other games, I believe we play them because we feel something inside us that we want
    to express outwardly.  All athletes have inner desires.  They imagine themselves performing these inner
    desires.  The athlete is no different from the artist.  An artist captures some inspiration that he feels inside.  
    The artist imagines expressing this inspiration through his art.   The golfer is no different.
        I believe we play games to get in touch with our inner selves.  Throughout our daily activities, we are usually
    consumed with our work.  We are absorbed in doing things that are only important to us because they put food
    on the table.  However, most people do not have a passion for their work.  They are not artists at work.  
    Therefore, they seek out a form of artistry in their play.  Sure, some people pick other hobbies as a means of
    self-expression.   But, the athlete expresses himself through sport.  
        I believe this is why people admire others who have a passion for their work.  No matter what you do, your
    work is an art form if you have a passion for it.  If your work is an expression of your inner self, then your work
    is a form of art.  Whether farmer, caterer, banker, carpenter, or painter, you can be an artist as long as you
    capture the inspiration that drives you to create your work.  We all know people that make their work an artistic
    endeavor, and we admire their passion.  We admire how they can become totally absorbed in their work.  And
    we admire how they achieve satisfaction with their occupation.  
        So, I believe the reason we play golf is to express something that we are unable to express in the rest of our
    life.   I believe we play games to awaken the inner self that we keep locked up all day long.   In many ways, the
    inner us that imagined great things as a child has been locked up and hidden from our daily activities.  Games
    provide us the opportunity to open those locked doors, and to allow our inner self to come out and play.  When
    you think about it, isn’t it this inner you that you enjoy being around the most?  If you disagree, then I want you
    to ask yourself one question.  “How do you act when nobody else is around?”  Are you the same old proper
    self?  Or do you act with freedom?  Do you allow your inner child to come out and be a part of what you are
    doing?  We’ve all been caught in the moment of allowing our inner child to play.  Sure we might have been a
    little embarrassed to be caught in the moment.  However, the moments that led up to us being caught were
    some of the most enjoyable moments of our day.
        What most of us don’t realize is that we keep this inner child so locked up that it is dying to get out and
    play.  It is dying to express itself outwardly.  Isn’t this one of the reasons why most people cannot wait for
    retirement to come along?  After we retire, we can once again reach for our dreams.  We can play more often,
    we can express ourselves through our hobbies more often, and we can get in touch with our inner child more
    often.  We honor the grandparents who seem to be living a second childhood.  
        The fact is, many people live their whole lives this way.  They are always committed to expressing their inner
    desires.  They are always in touch with their inner self.  Sure it takes a lot of commitment.  Sure it is not always
    looked on as being traditional, or proper.  However, when you are playing a game, you should really play the
    game.  You should get in touch with your inner self, and you should allow your inner self to express itself
    freely.  Again, “How would you play if no one else was around?”  
        Anyone who has played golf for their whole life is certain to have gone out and played a round of golf by
    himself, even if it was for only nine holes.  When you played by yourself, did you care if anyone was watching?  
    Did you feel free to try shots that you would ordinarily not try?  Did you allow your inner golfer to get into your
    play?  I’m sure you did all these things.  The fact is, we all want to play with this freedom.  We all want to be
    able to express our inner desires.


    Analyst, Hoper, Or Golfer?

        Although we all want to play with the freedom expressed in the last section, how do most golfers go about
    playing the game?  I believe most golfers are either analysts or hopers on the golf course.  I also believe they
    want to be golfers.  So what makes you an analyst golfer, and what makes someone else the hopeful golfer?  
    Lastly, what type of golfer do you want to be?
        The analyst golfer is a problem solver.  He wants to analyze what went wrong with every swing.  The analyst
    is not as concerned with playing good golf as he is with describing what goes wrong.  The analyst is like the
    television commentator that rewinds the video of the players swing and dissects it to show us what went wrong
    or right.  However, as the golfer swings, he does not think about the analysis.  If he does, then he gets
    “Paralysis by analysis.”  
        While the analyst goes about describing what’s wrong with the golfers play, the hoper realizes that he does
    not know what to do, and therefore tries this and that in hopes that he will play good golf.  The hoper feels like
    he’s tried everything and is only left with the hope that he will one day find his inner game.  The hoper believes
    that the game has much more to offer, but finds no real purpose in the game.  The hoper knows that the basic
    goal is to score as low as you can, but does not understand the purpose of playing.  Since the hoper has no
    purpose to his play, he finds it hard to capture the inspiration that will afford him inspirational golf.
        The golfer knows that the purpose of the game is to express your inner desires.  The golfer knows that to
    express your inner desires you must stay focused on the image of that desire.  The golfer is therefore more
    concerned with focusing in on what he wants out of his play.  The analyst is more focused on what he does not
    want out of his play, and the hoper, well, is just hopeful.  So what do you want to do?  Do you want to be an
    analyst?  Do you want a video cameraman to follow you around so that you can analyze everything that goes
    wrong, or do you want to play golf?  Do you want to stand up to each shot unsure of what you should focus
    on?  Do you want to address the ball, swing, and hope the shot goes where you want it to, or do you want to
    play golf?  
        I believe everyone that likes to play golf wants to be a golfer.  I believe they want to have some purpose to
    their game beyond scoring well.  Oh, they may not realize that they are in search of this purpose.  But they are
    instinctively in search of the purpose.  Though there are many purposes the golfer can choose, I believe the
    purpose that keeps you connected to the game is that of finding a way to express your inner desires.  I believe
    this is what playing golf is all about.  So if you want to be a golfer, you should commit to the purpose of getting
    in touch with your inner golfer.  You should commit to being a golfer instead of an analyst or a hoper.

    The Purpose vs. The Goal

        We all know the basic goal of the game.  The goal is to score as low as you can as you play golf.  The goal
    is set by the rules of the game.  It is a part of the framework that defines the game.  The purpose of the game
    is a matter of choice, and each golfer chooses it for himself.  Whenever I think of the purpose of playing, I am
    always reminded of a quote by Marcus Aurelius.  He said, “Of each particular thing, what is its nature, what
    purpose does it serve.”  So what is the nature of golf, and what purpose does it serve for you?  As I’ve
    expressed, I believe the nature of the game is to express your inner desires through sport.  I believe that at its
    very nature, golf is a creative process.  And since it is a creative process, it involves expression, the expression
    of your inner desires.   
        So as you play the game, your basic goal is to score as low as you can, while the nature of the game is to
    express your inner desires.   Beyond this, what purpose does the game hold for you?  Does the game provide
    you a vehicle for exercise?  Does it provide you a way of meeting new people?  Is it simply a way of getting to
    know your friends better?  Is it a way to express your competitive nature?  Is it a means of conducting
    business?  Maybe the purpose changes from day-to-day.  The question still remains, what purpose does the
    game serve in your life?
        You may wonder why I bring this up.  Well, the only way you are going to reach your goals is to satisfy the
    purpose of doing what you are doing.  If you do not satisfy the purpose, then the results won’t follow.  And if the
    results don’t follow, then you will not achieve your goals. Remember, the purpose is the thing that inspires you
    to play.  It is also the thing that can inspire you to play well.  
        No matter what secondary purpose you choose, I want you to realize that the basic purpose of every
    creative endeavor is to express your inner inspirations.  The inspiration that compels you to play is the most
    basic purpose that needs to be served.  If you want to be a golfer, if you want to play golf, then become more
    concerned with expressing the experiences that inspire you to play in the first place.  Try to stay committed to
    the purpose of being out there instead of falling prey to the analyst in your thinking mind.  When you find
    yourself caught in the mode of playing hopeful golf, try to create a new inspiration.  Become creative with your
    shots.  Take a chance, express your creativity, and learn from the experience.  I’m sure you will find that
    playing creatively will give birth to inspirational experiences.    In other words, find a purpose that inspires you
    to be a golfer instead of an analyst or a hoper.    
"The Way Of The Golfer - Searching For New Horizons"
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