Golfers Can Learn from Athletes in Other Sports
I have worked in the field of sports psychology for about 30 years now. I started with the Houston Astros in 1988, I went to the New York Yankees in 1996 and the Houston Texans NFL franchise in 2002. The lessons that we can learn from professional football and baseball are many. In particular, I have often taken PGA Tour Players who might be a friend of a professional baseball player or a football player into the locker room before a game, or the clubhouse in baseball, and it is interesting to observe the professional golfers in their observations of the professional football and baseball players.
How Do You Prepare for a Round of Golf?
In particular I have been interested in why they do not talk or interact with those players. They say well naturally these players are getting ready for the game, they are mentally preparing themselves and I would not presume to interfere with that bubble, or that concentration, or that preparation. That raises the question for professional golfers and amateur golfers alike, what is your pre game routine? Have you specifically blocked out distractions? Do you have a normal routine and do you respect the amount of time that it takes to prepare yourself for a five hour battle?