Golf at the service of your personal development

Are you the “head in the air” or “down to earth” type? Are you oak or cane? Fish or monkey? A little seed, a big dream, and the support of a benevolent gardener should allow you to find your optimum yield zone and stay on track!

On paper, hole 6 is the easiest hole in the Nacional with its handicap of 18. Colza, explains its architect, Hubert Chesneau. Here, we are on farmland! »


Isn’t the action of simply planting a seed at the origin of any great project? Certainly… But in the notion of progress, “Tell me about dreams instead of goals! »he prefers aviator and Master PGA Pro Michel Teichet (now director of the Fairmont Royal Palm Golf & Country Club).

Michel, a great nature lover, is absolutely right: by dint of setting tons of daily goals, there is a great risk of drowning!
In navigation, to go far, it is essential to have a heading, to check regularly if the boat is heading in the right direction, to adjust, to tack, but it would be counterproductive to constantly try to be right on axis, to the nearest degree.

Michel Teichet. “I think you have to structure the approach, but not set too many goals, plans. Take a frame, but stay calm. Have all successful professional golfers structured their training and development like crazy? No. The main thing is not to set everything, but to have the level! When you have a level, skills are added around it. Someone who has a level, anyway, will not do anything. Sometimes you may think that he is doing anything, but this is not the case.

“To be good, whatever the field, above all you have to know where you want to go, have a certain level and a lot of common sense. »

Obviously, you have to put things in their place. But to be good, whatever the field, you must first of all know where you want to go and have a lot of common sense.
We also have that in aviation. Some of the best advice I have received from Air France captains is as follows: “Michel, get your head out of your instruments, look outside, what is your common sense? » They call it peasant common sense, in aviation. With this feeling that when you don’t feel it, you don’t. And in management there must also be this idea of ​​common sense.

In golf, peasant common sense is: I’m on a tee, par 3 uphill 160m, the weather is nice, calm, I’m going to hit a 5 iron. When I hit the tee, a gust of wind, right? /left, I feel worse.

I go back to my bag, decide to take a 4 iron, low ball on fade. I had something planned, but I adapt to the modification of the moment. I over-club, I do it “hit” While every day I get to 5, not today, I’m not sorry.

Stronger-than-average perception can be acquired through experience. This is what we could also call common sense of perception, of adaptation. And it is essential! »


If you forget for a moment all the goals you have set for yourself, what is the dream that drives you?
Beyond certain academic theory, what do you feel? What do you feel ? do you really trust yourself?

The role of a coach is to help his client to develop, grow, flourish, keeping in mind that not being cultivated properly can cause a lot of suffering. Grow a daisy like an oak and it will suffer, and vice versa.
Do not grow against nature. Monkey or fish, are you in the right jungle, the right aquarium, the right environment to thrive? Once again, it is a matter of common sense.


Do you know this little poem that I often quote?

The rose is without a reason, it blooms because it blooms,
She doesn’t care about herself, she doesn’t want to be seen.

The rose blooms because it is there for that. She doesn’t care about herself, she opens up and offers herself without asking:Am I the most beautiful, am I observed, appreciated, loved, admired?

It simply becomes what it is made for. It fully plays its role in the universal concert.
In even simpler terms, the rose “doesn’t take the lead”, it does what it has to do, it doesn’t obsess over its navel, it doesn’t care about the gaze of others. That’s all.


Having solid foundations, good roots on which to lean, taking the necessary time, we can leave the ground and develop harmoniously from branch to branch, from leaf to leaf, and reach very high in the sky…

Supported by controlled stress, you’ll enjoy taking on new challenges!

Leaving our comfort zone, passing through the learning zone, we enter the ZOP (optimal performance zone), in which, supported by moderate and controlled stress, we will be happy to face new challenges, meet new people, try- experiment, acquire new skills to evolve and move on to the next stage… In The growth zone: we have reached a certain level, we feel a sense of fulfillment, freedom, achievement. The time has come to consolidate our achievements, realize our dreams, share them widely, rest in this new optimized comfort zone, and then open ourselves to new opportunities.

What area are you currently in? What would the rose do?
A good coach will know how to help you situate yourself, to shake your certainties, to make you move from one area to another, at your own pace and without difficulty, growing or making you retrace your steps on occasion, if you got lost along the way.


In mental preparation, the question of common sense is a basic support. I systematically invite my clients to use their common sense… then to question it: “ It is true ? Is it a 6 or a 9? Couldn’t the opposite be just as true? »
I appreciate as much as I distrust the intellectual shortcuts that can hide behind common sense: “Thethe earth is flat! » Mais pour survivre, éviter de se prendre trop souvent des “râteaux” (from bunker) dans la tête, mieux vaut, dans l’action, faire appel, en effet, à son bon sens paysan et regarder toujours où l’on met feet.


Finally, I will remember with Freud that the dream is a wish fulfillment. So should we listen or suppress our dreams? ” Aware ” Where ” Unconscious », that acts in us, that speaks in us, that we do not control and that scares or stimulates us? How can we take into account our impulses, appeal to our peasant common sense? What are the ingredients for a good germination?

At hole 6, the adventure has only just begun! And you can continue it easily…

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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 the previous episodes here:

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

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

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