Let’s face it, a round, a year, or a career
in golf is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. So,
it may be time to view your game from a
different perspective. Often, players will
admit that they are exhausted from the grind of
practice, play, travel, schoolwork, and …
Considering they don’t take proper time to
recover during their rigorous schedule, it is
no wonder they find themselves too mentally and
physically fatigued to consistently perform at
a high level.
With this fact in mind, it is important to
consider ways to save energy and develop
strategies to reduce the wear and tear of the
intensity of our brain and body’s work.
Think of an automobile. At a stoplight, it
makes perfect sense to gently idle the car
while waiting for the light to turn green.
Now, imagine you keep one foot on the brake as
the other pushes on the gas pedal causing the
engine to go to a very high rpm. As you sit,
waiting for the light to turn, your engine is
wailing away while the brakes struggle to keep
the car from lunging forward. The roar of your
engine may sound impressive, but in essence,
you are wasting fuel and adding strain to all
of the systems of the car. For the first few
stoplights this may not have noticeable
effects. However, over an extended period of
time it becomes clear that there are adverse
side effects, most notably, your car is running
hot and burning fuel unnecessarily. There is no
benefit from maintaining a high rpm while
Now then, let’s translate this to golf. Why
do players remain in “high rpm mode” when they
are between shots, off the course, or engaged
in something non-related to golf? At first,
there may not be noticeable physical or mental
side effects of this mode, but just like the
automobile, the player may begin to “burn out”
and “run out of gas.” There seems to be a fear
that if a player doesn’t eat, sleep, drink,
talk, walk, and dream about golf they are going
to fall behind the competition. Actually, the
opposite is more likely to happen because the
player is slowly burning out - allowing the
competition to pull ahead.
Let me share a story with you.
Recently, I was talking with Gary, a dad of
one of the Jr. golfers, Liz, with whom I work.
Gary was telling me how he felt that Liz was
“losing her spark for practice” lately. After
some discussion with Liz, it became apparent to
me that she was in “go mode” nearly all of the
time. Liz candidly admitted that she “was all
about golf, all of the time.”
While this commitment to the game is
admirable, she had been running on empty for
some time now, and the first obvious sign was
her lackadaisical approach to practice. She
hadn’t had any down time, completely away from
golf, for nearly a year and a half! It was no
wonder she was feeling a bit fried. My
immediate suggestion was for her to get some
rest and relaxation – yes, go to Disney Land
and the beach - to recharge her mind and body.
After which, I promised to help her adjust her
attitude toward commitment, work, and play so
that she isn’t wasting valuable resources in
high rpm mode without going anywhere.
Commitment to the game is one thing. Over
commitment and burn out is another.
TipSchedule time to completely
relax and get away from golf completely – no
watching, reading about, talking about or
playing at all.