Here’s your weekly guide of what I’m reading, watching, paying attention to or just overall enjoying:
Much-Need Golf Tutorials
Alex Elliott Golf (website)
Golf is a game where you’re continually learning and you’ll never ever be a true master at it. No matter how good you think you are, golf always has a way of knocking you down on your ass and showing you “Nope, you still suck.” It’s the most frustrating game I’ve ever played but it’s also fun to make those tiny little improvements year over year. I follow a lot of golf Instagram pages like Tiger, Spieth, Justin Thomas, the PGA Tour, etc. so I ended up finding this guy Alex Elliott on my Instagram Discover page. He’s a former caddie and tour pro. He has awesome drills and tutorials on simple golf techniques like how to hit shots in different lies, how to grip your club, posture, and a bunch of other easily digestible tips. I may or may not have improved one stroke due to his tips…
Podcasts with a Different Perspective
I am a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan – I’ve read all of his books and once went down a YouTube rabbit hole watching all of his interviews. He has an amazing way of analyzing random bits of sports, economics, politics, religion, crime, etc. and looking at it in an entirely different way. He has a great podcast that is three seasons in called “Revisionist History.” They’re very much like his books – finding some topic that is often overlooked and providing a unique economic and journalistic deep dive into why it may be misinterpreted or misunderstood entirely.
My introductory episode was called The Big Man Can’t Shoot and it’s fascinating. It covers how shooting free throws underhand is actually statisically far more successful than shooting overhand. The examples used are Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry. Barry, who had one of the best free throw percentages of all-time by shooting underhand his whole career, and Wilt, who was statistically one of the worst free throw shooters of all-time. Wilt switched to underhand shooting and revamped his success rate at a remarkable level, but then switched back to overhand because he couldn’t handle the ridicule. It shows how sadly, fear of ridicule for doing something differently can triumph over proven statistics and results.
What I’m Reading
This was a book recommended by a ton of high profile writers, journalists, and other professionals – including Malcolm Gladwell actually, Derek Sivers, and Naval Ravikant. If you’ve ever read books like Thinking, Fast and Slow or The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck the subject matter is very similar. Since I’m not good at describing it, here is the Amazon synopsis:
Bringing to life scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, this bestselling book reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future, and about our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.
What I’m Listening To
I saw an awesome DJ group at an event last night – they’re called Chances with Wolves (Soundcloud page). They played oldies hits from the 60’s and 70’s and put hip-hop, blues, and jazz spins on them. Then they’d play current songs, but performed entirely by brass bands. They played a Nirvana song and turned it into a reggae dance tune. Really unique and extremely funky. I was Shazaam’ing songs all night. This one was my favorite.
Enjoy the weekend