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One of my favorite coaching axioms for the golf season is, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
That’s a phrase used to remind everyone that a season is just that—a season. Almost every season of any sport is filled with ups, downs, peaks, valleys, wins, and losses.
Reminding the players “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” is also meaningful when keeping in mind it’s not always the team that bursts out of the gate first that wins the prize. It’s a long haul. Sometimes the schedule is tougher at the beginning of the season. Occasionally a player needs a little more “ramp up” time before playing his best. It might take a little while for the team to gel. Whatever the case, keeping it firmly in mind that a season is a marathon, not a sprint, is a great course to steer.
The players have to be ready for the arduous schedule in addition to keeping up with academic obligations and preparing for finals later in the spring.
It will require a great deal of focus and determination for the players to create the proper balance necessary to play high-level golf against the exceptional teams and players they’ll be facing in the MIAA.
How is it done?
Routine, for one. Get the right amount of sleep every night. Drink plenty of water. Spend some quiet time with yourself each day to keep your head clear.
Adopt a schedule, based on your personal calendar, and then do your best to stick to it.
Understand that part of the balance might be achieved by leaving your clubs in the garage for a day and just focusing on rest, relaxation, and spending quality time with your family.
Sometimes, the best thing to do when you’re in the middle of a grinding golf schedule is to look at your calendar and pick a day that you won’t touch your clubs. They might need a rest from you, too!
Ideally, as the season approaches and players try to figure out how to play their best golf, they’ll create their own blueprints that will include both playing and practicing—with particular emphasis on the short game and putting.
It’s even more important to know how to put a bad shot, a bad nine holes, or a bad match, behind you.
There’s no time to sulk or feel sorry for yourself, because another match is right around the corner.
Hit your shot, accept it, and move on.
Play your match, do your best, accept it, get ready for tomorrow.
Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what just happened—you won’t be fully prepared for what lies ahead.
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