Preparation is everything

It is here! The week of the Ryder Cup has just started and I bet the little airport in Louisville, Kentucky, is all prepared to welcome everything from the little private jets with prominent guests to the specially chartered plane with the European Ryder Cup players. On board the latter one I would have thought Robert Karlsson is one of those trying to get some rest. He may need that after his showcase victory in Cologne over the weekend where he captured his 8th European Tour title. Studying Robert’s schedule it is interesting to have a think about how players prepare for a week like the Ryder Cup. The one thing that is easy to spot is that all players are different and they all probably have their way of doing it. A way that has been tried and tested over the years. Robert for example is the kind of player who has not left one single stone unturned in his search for reaching his peak performance. Therefore I am pretty convinced that winning in Cologne (or at least performing really well) was very much part of his plan.

Preparing for the Ryder Cup

Preparing for the Ryder Cup

Before going to Cologne Robert had had three weeks off from tournament golf and my guess is that playing on tour the week before the Big Match was his way to get back into competition mode. If that was the right way for him only he will know after this week and after play has closed at Valhalla. Whether it would have been the right way for somebody else is equally difficult to know until after this week is over. The key though is that these players constantly search for their own best way of reaching the best performance, and they know pretty well when they want that performance to kick in. Not defining that and not searching is called guessing and there is no place for that in today’s sports.

As the European and PGA Tour players head for Valhalla three England players head to Portugal to try and defend the title in the Portugal Nations Cup won by England last year. Jamie Abbott, Sam Hutsby and Luke Goddard will be flying the flag, lead by the Assistant Director of Coaching Stephen Burnett. Steve has promised to give us updates on this blog as the week goes by. You can also follow the tournament via the offical web site.

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