The difference that makes the difference

One of the sessions at our upcoming Christmas Camp I have entitled ‘The difference that makes the difference’. The idea is that a player who just recently played World Class amateur golf and is now climbing the ladder in professional golf will come and share his experience of the difference between the two environments. Oliver Fisher, who just this last week made the headlines when leading the field halfway into the tournament as the European Tour visited Hong Kong, is lined up to be there. Oliver shot 64 in the last round on Sunday. His long time friend from the amateur days and rival, Rory McIlroy, shot 65 and by that made it into the play off. Here is two teenagers living their dream and showing the more experienced players what golf is all about. I wonder what Oliver and possibly Rory would say about the difference? Is there a difference?

When the Tour Qualifying came to its conclusion the other week two just graduated England Internationals, Dan Willet and Chris Wood sailed through comfortably to get their tour cards. As they start their first season on tour, which nowadays means about the following week, they will have a good chance to find out for themselves if there is a difference. Having said that, they probably already have a pretty good idea after playing a number of events on tour this year. Willet is coached by one of our National Team Coaches, Graham Walker, who is the best I have seen so far when it comes to practising the competitive elements of golf. After all, that is what golf is all about. I remember one player on our squads a couple of years ago who really struggled with the small competitions and tests that were set up. He just could not find the motivation to try and beat his peers and was more interested in working on getting his golf swing ‘right’. Was that a difference that makes the difference? Well, he is at least not yet on the European Tour!

This week it is the coaches turn to practice to compete when we visit Arcos Gardens for two days of sharing ideas and developing coaching strategies at the first class facilities just outside Jerez. As usual Ashley, Martin and their team will take excellent care of us. I just hope they have sorted the weather out!

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