Finding the formula for success..Everyone is different..Every golf swing is different..Every personality is different..
Throughout the last 11 years, I’ve been searching for that formula. I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit…and talked with Sports Psychologist Dr. Greg Cartin quite extensively about it. And the one thing we came up with is that Everybody has a different approach to achieving success.
I’ve had “flashes in the pan” quite, successful moments. And I’ve had nuclear disaster moments. I’ve tried to figure out why. Why go from one extreme to another? It all came down to one thing. Playing within my personality!
I’ve had nuclear disasters when I took the game too seriously and WANTED the win. I’ve won when I’ve played within my personality and had fun with the game. This has happened my entire golf career!
I remember one golf tournament, where I was joking around the whole day. I didn’t touch a golf club for three weeks prior. I actually forgot I had to play in the tournament until the night before. I had to play 36 holes in one day. It was hotter than hell and quite miserable out there but I was just having fun being on the golf course. I had no expectations! I ended up shooting 5 under par and beat the field by 10 shots! I played within my personality!
So for the past 11 years that I’ve been searching, I think I’ve finally found my recipe for success which I will bring in to play in 2015.
Keep It Recreational…charging hard at the game is not my personality..I’m still going to work at the Torrington Country Club..I love to teach some of my experiences of playing good golf to the members and I have a great time every day joking and having fun with the members of TCC! As golfers, I would hope they would love to see me chase this crazy idea..Practicing with a goal while having fun with it and quietly building confidence is something I’ve been and will be working on.
No Expectations…I play my best when I keep it as a hobby..If the golf game starts to become a job than I know I am playing too much golf and creating expectations.. Practicing the short game and hitting different shots on the golf course is how I like to practice. I think the practice range creates expectations and I tend to stay away from it especially before a round of golf..keep a light tournament schedule leading up to Q School..I not only practice on the course but I mentally practice daily..it might sound nuts but I do some of my best practicing in my head thinking about how much control I have of my golf game…NO Changes!..I’ve played a lot of golf with ex Tour Players and one of the biggest mistakes they’ve all said was that making changes to try to produce expectations doesn’t work..my golf game is right where I want it to be..IN CONTROL!
This is a Family Venture..I hope to have my kids and possibly my wife on my bag to caddy..Their interest in my golf sparks me..The Road to Q School has to be a Family Venture..Their support is vital and I can’t have the feeling that I left them hanging at any point especially when I am on the golf course..All of my bases need to be covered at home and at this point they pretty much are but there are some small issues that I will need to cover. One of the best words of encouragement was my wife, Kim, looking me right in the eye and saying “Go For It!” when I told her my plan for 2015.
So this is MY formula for success! If everything falls into place and the puzzle is put together, 2015 will be a year to remember!