Moe Norman: 'Teach People to Play Golf From the Heart'
Executive Producer Todd Graves on Moe's final words of wisdom that influences how he teaches golf, plays the game & lives life
Moe Norman walks with Todd Graves
As I walked through the rotating doors of the restaurant, I noticed Moe seated in a large red arm-chair next to the hostess stand. He was looking down reading a handful of folded papers. It would be the last time I would share a meal with Moe, and it would be one of the most memorable.
I was curious about the papers.
“What are you reading, Moe?”
“I met a ghost,” he said.
“You met a ghost. What do you mean?”
Moe peeled away one of the papers and handed it to me. Scribbled on the middle of the page were five hand-written words:
Play Golf From Your Heart
“I met a ghost and he gave me this. He told me that you have to play golf from the heart.”
That night we talked for hours about what these words meant. It was unforgettable, and it would be Moe’s last lesson to me.
Moe had waited ten years to teach me this final lesson. Maybe because he finally thought I was ready, or maybe because he knew it would be the last time I would see him.
He taught me that your mental game starts in your heart, not in your head.
During the 5-Day Single Plane Premier Golf Schools, on the last day, I teach students what Moe shared with me—the art of the using the heart, not the mind, to play better golf. He taught me that the mental game is not actually mental at all. It’s not about using your mind but actually emptying it. It’s about accessing your feelings through your heart.
While it seems normal to navigate the world and golf through analysis, Moe felt his way through both. If he was challenged or upset, it was because something didn’t feel good to him. Moe didn’t measure things, he felt them.
Of course Moe had an incredible ball-striking skill, but I wonder, was his real talent actually a gift for a feeling? He seemed “tuned in” to a sixth sense of intuition and awareness more than anyone I have ever known.
Using Moe’s lessons to stop analyzing and start feeling, I developed FOUR learnable and natural processes. These four processes help you escape from over-analysis and compulsive thinking so you can take your best game to the golf course. These rituals prepare you to play, help you execute great golf shots and keep you fully present and in each moment. In essence, you learn to take your best self, free from the mind, to the golf course.
I teach these processes in my ‘Playing Golf from Your Heart’ presentation in our 5-Day camps. The presentation is so powerful, it is not unusual for students to give me a resounding ovation.
Last year in Oklahoma City, a few of the students approached me after the class. They thanked me for teaching them Moe’s “Play Golf from the Heart” wisdom and urged me to produce a video of the presentation, so they could have a copy. I recently completed this project.
Todd Graves gives a 'Play Golf From Your Heart' presentation at his 5-Day Premier Golf Schools
If you are interested in learning how to play golf from your heart, you can download a free copy of my one hour presentation with one very important condition (yes, there is a catch).
For helping you play golf from Your heart, with more passion and joy, I am asking you to help me complete a project that is close to my heart.
‘The Feeling of Greatness—The Legend of Moe Norman’ is a documentary currently in production that will showcase the life and career of Moe Norman.
You can view a demo reel from this website's homepage (make sure you open it up on widescreen) at https://www.thefeelingofgreatness.com
My dear friend Barry Morrow, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the movie 'Rain Man', is producing the film. We need your help to keep the project moving to obtain key celebrity interviews and the streamline the postproduction process. You can donate here: https://www.thefeelingofgreatness.com/donate
For each donation of $50 or more, you will receive a copy of my Golf From The Heart Video. For every donation of $100 or more, you will also receive a “Thank You” credit at the end of the film.
Moe Norman played golf from the heart. He shared this wisdom and joy with me, and now I am sharing it with you. In doing so, please help me make “The Feeling of Greatness” Documentary become a reality so more people can know Moe Norman and find their own feelings of greatness.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Todd Graves was a personal friend of Moe Norman's who learned the Single Plane Golf Swing directly from Moe. Todd is the Co-founder of the Graves Golf and teaches Moe's swing method.