Really interesting podcast cast on Golf why Golf pros don’t make it by @golfsciencelab
So many things from it i relate to and many pros can relate too.
As kids we used to go straight from school to the golf club and muck around playing games and mini comps till dark.. we gained skill without even trying.. during those days we had one of the strongest junior golf groups in the area with over 6+ going on to become professional.
Back then we had no phones or video cameras so our coaches had limited resources to make swing changes and basically everyone learnt how to play the game by getting on the course day after day... my swing was technically poor but it’s probably the best golf I played.
It was a team environment, as golfers we went on trips together practiced together, tried to beat each other... when we reached Professional ranks most moved to solo practice and all fell into the trap of thinking we needed big swing changes to compete instead of sticking with what got us there and learning mental strategies to compete.
Most Pro’s who don’t play on tour barely play at all or have an inherent hate for the game even though continuing to work in the industry.
This year I’ll be altering a lot of my teaching practices to getting back to team based competitive environment.. where learning to play well can be fun aswell as challenging.. if you look at the boom of things like CrossFit, group exercise and strong numbers in team sports.. golf has a reputation of getting stuck in “old ways” because let’s be honest it’s run by old people and takes along time to adapt. -
Much like many tour pros In my very brief part time playing career I didn’t enjoy tournament golf, and though it took me to beautiful overseas locations the first thing I wanted to do was not play and just go home.
Playing on Tour costs a bucket load and sponsors (if your lucky to get any)often just add pressure to performance and often change personalities so the Tour world becomes a bunch robots, swinging like robots, trying to beat other robots... to me tour golf was sorta fun when u had good company and managed a cheque.. other then that get me home ASAP!
Thankfully it rained all week here in northern Cali, but the golf gods blessed us with some great weather today. And once again the fore coursemen congregated for 36 holes of flag hunting. We played our morning round at Dryden Park GC (Modesto, Ca.) It was built in 1961 by the same architect who designed Torrey Pines, William F Bell. The afternoon round was played 20 miles north at Manteca Park (Built 1966, Jack Fleming). All of the recent rain has done wonders for this track, it was as green as ever! Some good golf was played today (Including a 77 by W.O.)