All In Time

By: Michael Riggs


ONE Way® founder, Michael Riggs, holds a master’s degree in applied sports psychology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. University of Virginia is recognized worldwide for its emphasis on research and innovation in the field of performance psychology. As an educator, Michael has opened the minds of students at all levels, encouraging them to “dream big.” As a multi-sport athlete and longtime coach, he’s worked with athletes from skilled amateurs to professionals. And as a business professional, he’s fostered innovation.

Using the ONE Way platform, each client is personally guided by a ONE Way certified Coach to realize his unlimited potential. ONE Way Coaches serve as objective guides who empower their client to become their own catalyst for change. Since 1996, Performance Consulting Ltd.has offered one-on-one personal coaching, group workshops, and custom presentations for athletes, business executives, and organizations seeking to think better…perform better…live better.

Patience is a virtue. Because of the pace of golf, the stopping and starting in a round, and the general slooooowwww motion of the game, it is imperative that players learn the merit of this virtue. Of course, learning patience will require some patience.

Let’s face it, we live in a “here and now” culture. Our computers cannot compute quickly enough, our microwave ovens are too slow in their microwaving, in the winter our cars don’t heat up fast enough, and so on, and so on… Use yourself as a guinea pig and test how often you become frustrated because of the lack of speed of something. If my suspicions are correct, you will notice a lack of patience in yourself around every corner.

How do you handle your lack of patience within the construct of your game? Do you need to correct that banana slice yesterday, and when you don’t you blame it on the driver, and get a new one? Do you mishit approach shots, and then succeed in rationalizing the error as the result of having to wait so long for the group in front of you to clear the green? Do you take a lesson and expect your accuracy to improve dramatically by the end of the thirty-minute session? You are not alone.

Being able to recognize a lack of patience is a key step toward improving your nature. When you find yourself becoming impatient on, at, near, or away from the course, use that recognition as an opportunity to learn to allow the stimulus to exist, but adjust your attitude so that it does not “bother” you. Find little things that you can do during your day that require that you slow down and wait. Try not to let a traffic jam in the hallway get you down. Allow yourself to not completely understand that difficult math problem the first time, knowing that you will keep trying and will eventually get it. Don’t switch lines at the bank or grocery store trying to shave two minutes. If you are working on your bunker or wedge play, take pride in your consistent, steady improvement.

S² Tip

Become more patient with your improvement… it will come with time.

Success Story

Hats off to the Mark Haddad, Director of the PGA Tour Academies, on his progressive thinking and including ONE Way Golf mental fitness training in the Jr. Golf Camps at the Cantigny Golf Academy. The feedback form the campers and Cantigny Director of Instruction, Connie DeMattia, was all positive and the future of mental fitness training at the PGA Tour Academy Camps looks excellent!

In Another's Word ...

“It’s takes a lot of work and patience to develop a natural swing.” — Gary Player

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