The making of a superstar

I had a meeting today with one of the people who is involved in helping one of our superstars in the making. It strikes me how little time we actually spend in coaching on one of the most important things. Finding funding. Nobody will come anywhere near becoming a World Class player unless he or she has got a system of managing this. Some are lucky to be able to trust their parents. Others have very supportive Federations or Unions that can help at least a bit on the way. But if the goal is to get to World number one as an amateur, we are talking a different league in terms of expenses. The costs for playing what is effectively a tour player’s schedule will be very similar to that of a tour player. Only the money that is coming in is rather limited. At least in terms of prize money.
This is where I start to realise that it is not just about the player and his/her little system of support. If is about the whole country’s socio-economic climate! It takes a number of people with money, and probably a lot of money as I otherwise cannot really see them giving it away in the way that is needed. What it also takes is a culture where giving is a natural thing. Not necessarily giving for the sake of getting something back, but giving for enjoyment of seeing potential materialising. To get to that stage this superstar in the making need a little team of dedicated people, with the right contacts and with the skill of asking the right questions at the right time. It is ironic how that can be just as, if not more, important as the ability to fire a long, straight drive or holing a testing downhill 6 footer!

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