Golf at the service of your personal development: Finding your Game

Golfers, both professional and amateur, often share rich life lessons across the course, particularly on resilience… Here are the ones from Hole 7, on the aptly named Camel of the mythical Albatross. It’s up to you to find your balance in the pothole!

At Golf National, Hole 7 of the Albatross is called ” the dromedary because the architect Hubert Chesneau, had fun putting a big pothole in the middle of the fairway, only to further complicate this tricky passage that runs along a formidable out of bounds. So hold on as long as you can!

be happy with your game

Golf is one of those rare sports where beginners and experts, young and old, girls and boys can play together.

It is a game for everyone, which can revolutionize the world. “, defends the coach Bill Owens, initiator in France of educational golf. The opposite of ” struggle “, Being the ” Play », « If we want to change the future of the planet, we have to make people play! »

The “taller, faster, stronger” of the Olympic motto disappears at the same time », comments its first ambassador, the Master Pro, Stephane Bachoz : Because with this game, I find harmony with myself. I make myself happy with my Game which, inexorably, will give me the possibility of being happy with myself, with others. Thus, we have all the ingredients available to offer the planet a better future!

When you know that you can count on yourself, you develop what is called self-confidence.

Ana LeConiat

I still firmly believe in the program invoice : even if it goes back twenty-five years, it is still current! When I decided to change my life, dedicate myself to golf, after cancer, I changed my state of mind. So I was able to listen and understand Bill’s teachings, take the club as it suited me, and from there, my whole was able to evolve! »

Trust yourself, you can do it!

Trainer of high level athletes, Ana LeConiatwas the victim of a very serious traffic accident: I was two years without being able to walk! When, at twenty-two, you spend two years lying on a board, you have time to think. And what saved me at that moment was saying to myself, “You need to play golf again!” This accident gave me access to parts of me that I hadn’t exploited at all up to that point, including my determination, my resistance to pain, my patience… In fact, I had no problem being confined. I know what it is to wait. I accept curves, ups and downs.

Above all, I discovered with this accident that I could rely on my willpower. When you know that you can count on yourself, you develop what is called self-confidence: “I know that I am capable of…”. Anne then managed to win the world championship with the French women’s team!

Improve your talents, plan for the future

Communication Director of ffgolf since 2014, Olivier Denis-Masse has the sparkling eye of those who appreciate the pleasures of gambling and 19me hole. He sees golf as a school of humility: ” You always have to persevere, keep working. Everyone has a level and, without going into the biblical parable of Talents, I would say that everyone has a talent that must be exploited to the fullest in order for it to bear fruit. In golf, you are never sure of reaching your goal. You can tell yourself: “I want to be a 12th index at the end of the year”, there are no miracle recipes. Just because you’re going to work like crazy doesn’t mean you’re going to get there. There are many parameters, technical, physical and mental factors that can prevent you from optimizing your swing. I’m good with a golf club (Olivier has an index of 6), that’s fine, but hey, there’s always someone who plays better! Clever. In the scale of golf values ​​it is always difficult to place oneself.

There is no “method” to success in golf. Golf is a field that never ends.

Olivier Denis-Masse

This is also what makes the sport and golf in particular alluring. Some do it and others don’t, because there are things that don’t connect… There is no “method” for success in golf. Golf is a field that never ends.

And what golf gives me above all is projecting myself into the future and not living in the past. At ninety years old, Clint Eastwood he still plays golf. Recently, when asked why he was still playing, he said, “I’m trying to get better.”

find your own way

The champion Patricia Meunier-Leboucwinner of a Major, he considers the presence of a mental coach at his side to help him manage his energy flow, put things in perspective, fundamental to his success: “ This trainer, I had the opportunity to find her very young among the members of my family, with my aunt, Nicole Ortis. “.

Patricia explains how this benevolent support helps her achieve her goals:

After I have clearly determined where I want to go, I define the steps to get there.

This preparatory work for the trip allows me, once in action, to make the best use of my abilities without asking myself any more questions.

Patricia Meunier-Lebouc

Like on a golf course, one hole, then another hole… Defining these steps precisely is a real job. This preparatory work for the trip then allows me, once in action, to make the best use of my skills without asking myself questions, skills that I make sure beforehand, of course, to improve.

When I was in competition, I really needed this well-marked trail. I also needed the security of being accompanied until the end by my relatives. All this is also important. Because once everything is clear in my head, I can work without restrictions respecting to the letter what is written in the plan. I was the one who started this program, who drew up the plan, I respect that. It was really something that I experienced from the inside.

The key is to be able to identify the parameters that are most important to you. It then allows you to chart your course without looking back at each challenge. “.

Strengthen your will power

Hitting multiple buckets of balls a day is one thing. Come back the next day hitting new buckets of balls for two hours after school, like every day. Celine Boutier in his childhood, it is another, much more representative of the power of the will.

“Always keep in mind that your will to succeed is more important than anything else. » Abraham Lincoln wrote.

The will supposes a tension towards an objective; it is this internal tension, directed towards an external goal, that sets the body in motion. This tension is a manifestation of the elan vital. Which one is yours?


Your progress depends on your strategic and psychological approach to the course, which is why we invite you to consider each golf course as a journey of initiation. And this trip, we suggest you do it in the mythical National Golf course, the Albatross, finding here the previous episodes:

Episode 1: GO – Gain momentum

Episode 2: LANDING – Finding your mission

Episode 3: LE MÉRANTAIS – Finding your element

Episode 4: CHATEAUFORT — Find Your Strength

Episode 5: FULL GAZ – Finding your passion

Episode 6: CORN AND RAPESEED – Finding your roots and your wings

This article is a summary of the book Life Course of L’Albatros*

Whatever your level (from beginner to professional), do not hesitate to contact Jean-Christophe Buchot, coach in strategy and performance optimization, for specific assistance: [email protected]

©JCH.BUCHOT – 2022

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