The wake up call

On reflection one could say that my previous post this week was a way to create a self fulfilling prophecy. On the other hand it could be said that the results in the European Championships this week have confirmed something we have long feared for. Young, brave European countries are running away. This year there is not one Great Britain and Ireland team in the competition for medals in the men’s and boys’ events and instead the hard work of other nations is paying dividends.

Peter McEvoy, the legendary English Amateur used to say that you don’t become a better putter by eating a banana. True, but reality nowadays is that you need to be on top of the latest nutrition advice, stick to your fitness regime and develop a short game at least like Phil Mickelson’s. If you can also hit the next door county and still keep it on the fairway that helps tremendously. To reach this standard no doubt quite an impressive work ethic is required. For as long as I can remember coaches have discussed how to get the players to understand what it takes to really get to the top. Some players seem to get it earlier than others and some are lost forever. Most know that talent is not enough. A lot fewer show they actually understand what this means.

England have a disastrous week to reflect on. Things are seldom as good as they seem when you win and never as bad as you think when you loose. But I do know that if we are to compete with the rest of the World in years to come, we have a culture to shift!

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