“Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be.” - Mike Ditka It's so easy to get caught up in the desire to win trophies and awards. They are the external rewards that make athletes feel like their hard work has paid off and they've earned something to show for it. Many times those external rewards are what determine an athlete's success. You hear too often that a professional athlete retires, sustains a career ending injury, gets cut from the team or loses their tour status, just to realize they are left with years of external rewards but no internal ones. They don't know who they are without being successful at their sport. Learning that true excellence comes from within is what will allow a junior golfer the opportunity to use the [...]
This past week on social media I shared a clip from Jason Day's post-round interview after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Unfortunately, the clip isn't available online anymore but when asked about his win, Jason emphasized 4 main areas that I thought were important to share. He says that his physical training and nutrition are two areas he has really focused on improving recently. He trains hard in the gym and he eats to fuel his body for the grind of competition. Also, he said that he spends 3.5 hours a day working strictly on short game, where he said that he writes everything down in a notebook, as in everything. He tracks the drills that he does, how he performs during those drills and he analyzes his results from one practice to another. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect a junior golfer to have 3.5 hours [...]
I serve as a guest blogger for WomensGolf.com and they recently asked me to write an article about my experiences from playing on tour. I thought I would share that as part of my Recruit PKB article this week. I hope you enjoy some of the stories and lessons from a few of my favorite experiences both on the LPGA and Symetra Tour. You can read all about them HERE.
There is a lot of information out there about what it takes to play golf in college, the scholarship opportunities and what you need to be doing in regards to the recruiting process, but I thought I would take a few minutes and give you some insight on things you may be doing or not doing that could ruin your college scholarship chances. Here are a few of the things you need to know so that you don’t cost yourself the chance to play in college and hopefully earn some scholarship money Poor Grades – For those junior golfers who struggle to keep their grades up in high school, it could be grounds for not receiving a golf scholarship. Poor grades are a red flag for a college coach that you may lack the time management and discipline needed to play golf in college. College life is [...]
This is an assignment that I can not emphasize the importance of enough, go watch college golf tournaments. Some teams have already played 1 or 2 tournaments but there are some great opportunities ahead to plan a trip to a college golf tournament. If you are in the midst of the process and talking with several coaches then you need to go watch them "in action". It is one thing to sit across the desk from a coach and ask questions, maybe even chat by phone and get to know each other, but you MUST get a better feel for how they are when they are coaching during a tournament. There are a lot of different coaching styles and not all are going to be ideal to your personality. If you get the chance to watch, pay close attention to how they interact with their players and [...]