Golf at the service of your personal development: Finding your passion with Eric Douennelle

Why do you play golf? To make emotional loops! Live and share intense passions with others! So why deprive yourself of it? He plays completely: full throttle!

Hole 5 at L’Albatros bears the evocative name ” ALL GAS Hubert Chesneau, its architect, explains why: “ This name directly echoes the planes that fly over us (and annoy some) at the airfield near Golf National. It is a hole without water, where you can finally let go and put gas on the driver, a priori, but be careful to the left with the new fairway bunkers with their high lips. Even champions avoid them, because once they fall into these holes, they can’t do what they want on the second try.

I learned a lot playing golf, including resilience, tenacity and patience.

strong sensations

An excellent player, Éric Douennelle, president of the PGA France, is delighted with the many ups and downs, the contrasts that mark the game of golf… like life. He loves those emotional impulses that give us emotions, especially on courses as complicated as the Albatross. And let us remember that the Passion is… a Way of the Cross!

Eric has learned to digest bad shots and rejoice in good shots, when many fail because they set the bar too high.

Eric Douenelle: The bad blow, we must take it as an opportunity to show what we are capable of in the face of disappointment, the opportunity to show that we are capable of rebounding to the next, capable of producing a new positive emotion. Missing one shot can allow us to succeed in the next one. And hitting the next one is fulfilling your contract: you immediately forget the disappointment of previous missed shots. I think it’s great, this alternation of situations.

Why do people play golf anyway? To live ! To experience something! If not, we wouldn’t be playing golf. »

Ed: “ When I applied to Golf de Dinard to teach, I remember my selection interview with the late Jérôme Paris [propriétaire de ce golf mythique]. Jérôme took me directly to the course and at the end of eighteen holes he told me: “You will be the next teacher here, and with great pleasure. “I learned a lot playing golf, including resilience, tenacity and patience. Golf has helped me better understand my mechanisms and turn negatives into positives. »

shared passion

President of the French professional golfers for many years, Éric always evokes the fundamental values ​​of golf with great intensity, passion…

Ed: “ I bring values ​​of solidarity to golf professionals. We are together to listen to each other, understand each other, help each other move forward! Couldn’t we make this path that we follow individually, more joyful, more interesting, by sharing it with others? That is what I try to share with all professionals. At the risk of sometimes sounding like a fanatic. How to live better with others? I always try to share my adventures with friends. Golf is an individual sport, but it is practiced among others.

It drives me crazy when people are only interested in her acting!

It drives me crazy when people are only interested in her acting! When we play golf, we share a moment of life. Let’s make this moment of life as happy as possible! “What am I going to be able to do to make other people’s games more enjoyable? “That’s the game of golf! And no, as we see more and more often, at least among some of the players, people who barely say hello, dress in the latest fashions and are not even allowed to share a coffee at the end of the part to talk about the time we just had We spent together.

Showing concern for others, respecting etiquette, speaking politely, that’s what golf is all about.

It is still my project at the head of the PGA. The job of professionals is to convey this message, to serve as models to move forward better, further, together.

It’s great to take lessons and your professional is the best ambassador of the discipline. How to coexist in golf? On paper it seems easy, and yet, we see people who from the beginning of 1 send the ball into the woods and immediately put you in a bad mood with swear words, clubs flying everywhere, sense! That’s not golf. Or rather: you hit the ball, but you are not a golfer yet! »

In other words

  • Who could you share your project with to make it more exciting?
  • Do you agree with Bobby Jones that, in golf, the rules of etiquette and decorum are just as important as the rules of the game itself?
  • Are you a real passionate golfer?

Make it easy to generate passion.

Did you know that Einstein had tried to get into the white ball without success… Would you have done better than his teacher in not immediately discouraging this budding passion?

His instructor, desperate for the famous physicist’s poor physical abilities, tried to find the extra instruction that would help the big man in his failed attempts to touch the ball, but nothing helped. As much as he gave her advice, none of it improved the situation, quite the contrary!

At the end of the lesson, Einstein picked up some balls and started throwing one at his teacher, who easily caught it, looking puzzled at his student. Then Einstein threw all the other balls at him at the same time, shouting: ” caught ! The professional, gesturing in all directions, could not catch a single ball. Einstein raised his finger and said in a learned tone: Young man, when I throw a ball to you, you catch it easily. But when I throw three balls at you, you catch nothing! When you teach, only cover one point at a time! »

Unfortunately, the damage had already been done: the relativity theorist, in disgust, walked away from golf for good.

The moral of this story is to always keep your ideas simple and only work on one key at a time.

Thus, even the most complicated tasks can be integrated one by one. Otherwise, we can discourage the best scientists, while golf is based precisely on physical principles, such as momentum: momentum, mass, speed! Perhaps I would have understood better with a single instruction of type E = mc²?

Still, if Einstein couldn’t digest more than one thought at a time, what chance do we have of doing better?

To follow

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]


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

* The Albatross, life course, published by Ánfora, by JCh Buchot, with the support of ffgolf. More information at:

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