Pace of play

Yes, the Big Easy is back in the winner’s circle again. When the second World Golf Championship event of the year concluded in Doral, Fl, last night it was Ernie Els who got to kiss the trophy. This was Ernie’s first win in two years and I bet he is pleased to be back. Glancing through some of the written stuff from this weekend I come across an article on Golfweek that talks about Ernie Els’ schedule and how he feels he has cooled down to do things more the way he wants to rather than doing what other wants him to do. I do come to think about an old athletics coach that I did some work with a few years ago as he was gradually making a move into golf. His question was always, looking at the top players in the world;-

‘Who wins the tournaments? Is it the best guy that week or is it the least bad one?’

Of course he was referring to the preparation and the pacing of yourself to give the best possible opportunity for peak performance when you really want it and need it. I think compared to how the athletes in athletics do it this is a pretty unknown art form in golf. And of course the return question is always;-

‘Is it even possible to plan for peak performance in golf’?

One thing is sure though; many have tried and failed. A number are still more guided by the tournaments that show up on that schedule put together by the European or PGA Tour, or why not by the Amateur authorities, than by their own needs and ideas. Others hope that the more I play the better I get, or even the luckier I get. The interesting thing is that there is enough proof to suggest that all techniques work. Or they don’t work. At least not all the time. And at the end of the day, that is the bottom line. Is there anything that works always??? I am pretty sure there isn’t so in the meantime, perhaps a good idea is to try to find something that works more often than it fails? It would seem that is what the Big Easy has done. At least for now.

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