"It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing …" That’s what was on my mind when I was kitting up for my session with golf pro Sheres Isram, aka Nanda, at the Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa Golf Academy in Mauritius recently. That, and the need to keep my mind in neutral, not to try too hard, and to breathe!

Golf is a mind game, after all. "It’s all up here," said Nanda, tapping his finger against his head. That’s also what I got out of Deepak Chopra’s book Golf for Enlightenment, when I read it years ago. I knew that if I had any hope of connecting club to ball, I was going to have to get my mind out of the way. I needed to visualise the ball’s trajectory in terms of where I wanted it to go — preferably straight and long — instead of focusing on trying to hit the ball. "I’ve always believed that one of the highest forms of human intelligence is the ability to observe yourself without judging yourself or evaluating yourself. That’s a difficult thing to do," says Cho...

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