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’Tis the season to be jolly, but when Santa Claus comes to town the mood isn’t the only thing that changes – our personalities do too. The second the decorations are hung, everyone adopts their festive alter egos. Some of us are guardians of tradition; others are grumpy Grinches – but when it comes to ways to celebrate Christmas, we all revert to type each year. Read on to find out which one is you.

What's your Christmas style? Find out now with our quick-fire guide to festive alter egos!

The traditionalist

Do you start to put up holiday decorations in November, but insist on waiting until Christmas Eve to trim the tree? Do you agonize over the finer points of Christmas dinner and gift wrapping? Does the very thought of alternative ways to spend Christmas baffle you? If you answered yes, you could well be the traditionalist. We might moan about your perfectionism, but we all know you’re just preserving the yuletide magic for us year after year. Still, if you fancy a fresh twist on treasured traditions, try weaving in time-honored Christmas décor from around the world.

The romantic

If you don’t care about the trimmings because the true spirit of Christmas is goodwill to all men (and women), you’re definitely the romantic. Whether it’s Christmas dinner, a social soirée or just your neighbor popping in for a chat, every guest must be welcomed with warmth and good cheer. Mince pies mulled drinks and festive cookies are all on the menu 24/7. Why? Because it’s Christmas! In return for your generosity and kindness, we promise to forgive you for hanging up the mistletoe.

The stress-head

You still need to buy new decorations for next week’s party, you haven’t found a candle with the perfect Christmas scent, you need a corn-fed turkey because otherwise, that one picky relative will complain and… sound familiar? Sorry, but you’re a Christmas stress-head. We know you just want the best and we really do appreciate your hard work – but don’t forget to sit down with a slice of Christmas cake and take a moment for yourself. The tree won’t catch fire and the turkey won’t dry out, we promise.

The kid-at-heart

If Christmas gives you flashbacks of tall stacks of gifts and nights spent awake waiting for Santa to arrive, then you could be the kid-at-heart. For you, Christmas is still magic – we can tell by how you look expectantly at the sky whenever you hear the sound of bells. While it might be a little over-the-top that you insist everyone opens their presents one at a time, you and your inner child will bring joy to all sorts of ways to celebrate Christmas.

The Grinch

You don’t hate Christmas – you just hate how it takes over absolutely everything. Travelling is a nightmare, turkey is on the menu at every restaurant, and you can’t turn on a TV or radio without hearing a carol. It can all get a bit much. Don’t worry though, we do appreciate it when you plan alternative ways to spend Christmas – we all need a break from forced jollity sometimes.

Which of these festive personas and ways to celebrate Christmas sounds like you? Drop us a line on social media to let us know!

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Distractions are all around on the golf course. But what about your own internal distractions?

Your mind is bombarded throughout a round with distractions, making golf one of the most mentally difficult sports.

Let’s talk about one big distraction that is neglected...

Thinking about how well you are playing... You may ask, "How could playing well be a distraction?"

The distraction is not about playing well... The distraction occurs when you THINK (or think too much) about how well you are playing.

It's easy to jerk yourself out of the zone when you deem you're playing well or better than expected.

Let’s clarify this scenario by examining its opposite... Not playing well.

When a golfer is having a horrible round, their mind starts dwelling on all their bad shots.

These golfers try to figure out what is going wrong, so they analyze every aspect of their performance, dissect their swings, re-evaluate the course and second-guess each shot.

With so many interfering thoughts, it’s no wonder that these golfers find it difficult to get back on track.

Now, let’s look at the converse... Playing well.

Some golfers fall into the, "Why am I playing so well?" trap.

Instead of just continuing to play the game, these golfers will start THINKING about what is going right.

So, they analyze and think about why they are swinging the club so well..

Suddenly, that comfortable swing becomes a bit tighter and more mechanical, shots aren’t dropping as they did earlier in the round, strokes are adding up and now second-guessing creeps into their mind.

The distraction is NOT playing well... The distraction is OVERTHINKING or why you are playing so well.

Moving from PLAYING mind to a THINKING mind will always cause performance to deteriorate.

When you are immersed in just PLAYING or DOING, you can swing the club freely without conscious thought.

When you over think your swing, this creates enough tension to alter your swing and knock you off of your game.

Staying out of the "thinking trap" has been a central theme for PGA newcomer Cameron Champ.

Champ is 23 years-old and leads the PGA Tour this season in driving distance at 335 yards.

Champ’s 129 mph swing speed, 190 mph ball speed and distance off the tee have been noticed by the media and many golfers on the Tour.

Despite the extra attention, Champ is focused on improving his game and not allowing the positive attention to become a distraction.

CHAMP: "I’ve definitely noticed the attention, but I try to just ignore that kind of stuff. I just try to focus on what I'm doing. Obviously, everyone likes to talk about my distance, so I think that's one thing I've really blocked out. Just try to focus on other aspects of my game, just my game in general, and I feel like I've handled that pretty well so far."

Thinking too much on the course is every golfer’s enemy. There is a time and place for everything.

To get the most out of your golf game requires more doing--trusting what you have--and less thinking.

Let Go of Judging Your Performance:

Stop focusing on your score every hole. Think about birdie chances and hitting fairways and greens--one hole at a time.

Milk it. When you are playing well, don't stop to consider why. Keep focusing on birdie chances instead.

Challenge yourself to finish strong on the last few holes instead of protecting your score and playing it safe.

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Next to the PGA, the PGTAA  certification and credentialization is the most highly sought after teaching designation in the golf industry. In recognition of the industry’s growth, and in response to the demand for qualified teaching professionals, the PGTAA was established to provide extensive training to individuals as well as recognized golf teachers with years of experience behind them.

Not only will we teach you how to teach correctly, but also how to psychologically and philosophically motivate your students to become better golfers.

Becoming a PGTAA professional is probably one of the most important steps you will take during your professional golfing career. Becoming associated and certified by the PGTAA not only enhances your credibility but also enhances your teaching skills for the benefit of your future students and, naturally, your earning capacity.

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Please don’t be fooled by imitators of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. It has come to our attention that several other organizations are attempting to hijack our reputation, our certification designations, mimic our unique programs, especially our Home Study module, and in some cases, leverage even our name as their own. The name “Professional Golf Teachers Association of the United States”, formerly operated by National Golf Schools has ceased to exist after a settlement was reached between the parties.

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America is and always will be the foremost 100% professional golf teaching certification institute in the world.

While these other programs and teaching organizations direct their marketing materials and resources to the targeting of all applicants (to cover their extensive advertising and marketing costs), whether qualified or not, the PGTAA’s philosophy and target market is that individual/golfer who desires to be a teaching professional in the field and not just an enthusiast. Since 1997 our mandatory personal telephone interview helps the PGTAA maintain their high level of members appreciated by all in the golf industry .

We do not offer various levels of certifications designed to separate you from your money and whose “membership/certification/levels of instructor” cards are useless and of zero value in the golf industry.

When comparing the PGTAA to ANY other teaching institution, whether PGA, LPGA or USGTF, our cost to become a fully certified golf teaching professional is $995.00 via the Home Study module or $2495.00 via the On-Site module. Going through the certification programs of the aforementioned organizations will cost you in excess of $5,000.00!

Most importantly, the PGTAA is 100% all about teaching.

The PGTAA has over 50 Tour players including Master’s, PGA and US Open Champions, who avail themselves of our members teaching expertise.

There is only one Professional Golf Teachers Association of America, and you can always find us at

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