From great to… not so great!

Golf is an interesting sport. The difference from one day to another can be like night and day. Most hobby golfers would know this from personal experience but even most elite players will probably share this experience. I was at the EGU South Eastern Boys Qualifier the other day. A fantastic event I have to say, where the 11 counties of the South East come with their top 6 under 18 players to try to qualify for the County Finals. 5 out of 6 scores count each round and no doubt there is a bit of pressure on to put good scores on the door. Towards the end of the day I ended up in a discussion with a couple of people around “why is it that a scratch golfer is all of a sudden a 10 hcp?”. Great question! Usain Bolt or any other top athlete in most other sports would very seldom show that kind of discrepancy from one day to another.

Looking at the results from Celtic Manor it is easy to see that Chris Wood had a very similar experience. A fantastic 65 in the first round to something a lot less special on the second day that saw him sink like a stone on the leaderboard. To me this is the great beauty of golf! The combination of physical attributes that will help you hit all the shots you can think of and the mental demands that are unlike most other sports. All it takes is a decision that is not quite 100%, a failure to commit to a decision that could have been right or one little distraction that gets to you at the wrong moment. This means a missed putt, a missed fairway or an unfortunate penalty shot. From there the viscous circle can get started. Every now and then though you will be able to break this circle. The key is to find out what you did then. If you don’t know – try to look at or speak to somebody else and steal his or her recipe!

To follow some of the action this weekend click the below links:

St Andrews Links Trophy 2010

Wales Open

Memorial Tournament

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