Out of your comfort zone

Laurie Canter, the England A-Squad player, has just won the South African Amateur Match Play Championships. A great achievement by the Gordon Brand Jr protegé. To me though the actual winning the championship is only a minor part of what Laurie has shown himself capable of. Quite often when I speak to young players I ask them what their plans are going forward. Almost as often, the reply that I get is something along the lines of “I hope to get picked for the … squad”. That is not a plan. That should only ever be a bonus to a personal pathway.

This winter Laurie has shown that he is different. When most of his pears waited around in England for something to happen to them, Laurie took charge of his own destiny and planned a trip to South Africa for practice and a few tournaments. Those of us that have seen the British winter can probably appreciate where the chances of developing as a golfer have been the greatest. I know that it takes some financial backing and that not everybody have the possibilities to do what Laurie has done. What we all could have though is the inner drive to think ahead and plan our way from where we are to where we want to go. That does not necessarily mean we have to go to South Africa. What it does mean though is that we do the best of what we have got. Laurie did that and it is likely that it earned him a spot in the South African Open on the European Tour next year.

1 Response to “Out of your comfort zone”

  1. 1 KCT March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Do we use our Great British weather to our advantage??? We constantly complain about our very unpredictable weather as a reason for our development plans not being fulfilled. The current financial situation within golf doesn’t allow for all players to head off to better climates and develop their skills. Our downtime due to the weather could be best used by holding sessions around planning, marketing and other social skills. Players will need, if they aspire to be the best,to be able to carry out simple excercises like booking hotels, flights and filing for medical insurance.These are all things top athletes are confronted with every event or championship. These forums or educational sessions could be done online so the players don’t even have to leave their homes or at indoor sessions warm, wrapped up and great opportunities to develop into world class athletes.

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