I recieved my 2014/2015 TOUR Credential a couple of weeks ago. (yes – it’s STILL very cool to have one of these.) I received my first credential in 2001, then continued working on TOUR in 2002. Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced those credentials but, as you can see, 2003 is here for your observation.
I’m bringing this up because:
Those of us who are fortunate enough to work with the best players in the world ARE NO LONGER REFERRED TO AS INSTRUCTORS.
WE ARE NOW PLAYER SUPPORT…
Although not within the cadre of all players, many players have a veritable entourage of “specialists.” It is not uncommon for a player to enlist professional assistance from sports-psychologists, strength and flexibility trainers, life-coaches, and even nutritionists.
Additionally, when it comes to the the actual action of golf, it isn’t unusual for players to employ a full swing coach, a short game coach, a putting coach, etc. I personally and professionaly hope that an “8-iron coach” is not waiting in the wings!
Call me old school if you want – BUT – what’s happened in golf is a bit of a travesty. Players like Bubba, Henrik, Gainey, Cabrera, Jimenez and yes – even Fred Couples – are few and far between.
Bubba does whatever he wants to and there is no way he’ll have a “lesson” anytime soon. Does that mean he hasn’t learned anything form other players? Probably not. I’m sure Bubba has heard a thing or two, which he translates into Bubba-Like understanding/implementation. He then just moves on. He has his own way.
(btw, Bubba read the back-side of my business card a while back and he said “..that’s really cool.”)
A young, un-trusting TOUR player tends to have “rabbit ears” that are almost impossible to shut down. No matter the skill-level, what a player hears and where it comes from needs to “register” to them completely. For example, “keep your head down” is full of ambiguity! What does that actually mean and what does that have to do with the shot you want to hit?
Competitive golf has no place for uncertainty. A player needs to know that what they do by instinct is very likely to work out OK.
In my view, if a player needs to have an entourage as I’ve been describing, that player is suffering from nothing more than a lack of confidence! That player does not TRUST their intuition, their athletic instinct or even the most basic ways they think about golf! And yes, I’ll even include TW as a player with “installed” confidence – rather than “natural” confidence.
If you shoot 92 – i.e. a 20 handicap more-or-less, all of this applies to you too! You just gotta’ use your head, prioritize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. If your brain is working properly and you can make a realistic appraisal of your game, you could shoot 85! Seriously, you could shoot 85!
I don’t know what ever happened to that commercial, that was on a while back – the one where Arnie was encouraging everyone to “…do your own swing.” For me, that was some of the very best advice I’ve ever heard! I was hoping there would be more installments to that campaign but haven’t heard a peep since. What a shame.
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