Everyone said no. So I took up left-handed golf.
At 43 years old, I was still a raw beginner at the game. But I was buoyed by my new discoveries.
I added even more elements to my whole brain training to see if these “super learning” techniques could be accelerated.
I started playing a lot of golf with my good friend Rolly White. He took me around the course and I would shoot scores around 110.
One day, after finally breaking 100, I said to him over lunch, “I really think it is possible for me to become a scratch golfer.”
He let out a loud laugh and said, “Michael, I’ve been playing for 30 years and my handicap is 15. You’ve been playing for four months and you think you have a shot at playing scratch golf?”
I shrugged my shoulders and just smiled. And then I got to work.
I started by mimicking Tiger Woods in his famous Nike commercial by learning to bounce a golf ball on the face of a sand wedge – hundreds of times per day.
This was more than a cool parlor trick – I was rewiring my brain to develop superior hand-eye coordination, build hand strength, and unleash a torrent of natural, skill-enhancing brain chemicals.
Then I tried bouncing a golf ball with a hammer. That led to using a hammer in each hand. Which led to bouncing golf balls off the rounded end of a ball peen hammer (535 consecutive times if you can believe it!), and then finally to using sledgehammers.
I got so good that the Stanley Tool Company asked me if they could use me in one of their promotions. I even made ESPN's "Top 10 Plays of the Day" when I recorded 3,293 consecutive hits with a Stanley 16 claw hammer.
That led to my appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Now that was a rush, but nothing would compare to the satisfaction of knowing that I had found a system that allowed me to master any skill I chose – all with a host of side benefits and health benefits that confirmed what I knew all along.