“In the 'Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics,' the trajectory of your life is no longer just one straight path to an eventuality, but is instead one path of many, on an ever-branching tree of possibilities.”
― Kevin Michel, Moving Through Parallel Worlds To Achieve Your Dreams
After all, when they see golfers on the TV earning big dollars in pro tournaments, not to mention the sponsorship dollars using a big brand sponsors equipment, like I said; who could blame an amateur golfer for thinking this way?
Virtually every tour player was a junior golfer playing at a golf club somewhere, and at some point of time they were exposed to the idea of playing professional golf, and this lead them on the pathway to becoming a professional golfer.
In my case this is pretty much how it occurred (although I’m not sure how I was exposed to the idea initially) although I can vividly recall as an 11 year old that the walls surrounding my bed were plastered with poster images of successful tournament players and every night I went to bed seeing those images before I closed my eyes.
I'm sure that this helped a lot.
At school all I thought about was playing and practicing golf to get better at it so I could become a professional golfer one day.
What started off as a day to day dedication to that idea, eventually became a reality for me. It took me about 10 years from the time I began playing golf until the stage when I had completed my PGA apprenticeship and could go and try to qualify to play golf on a professional tour.
Earl Nightingale in his famous recording “The Strangest Secret” was right when he shared that the secret was that “you become what you think about all day long”…And I would humbly add to that, "what you work on all day long" as well.
Here’s the important thing to understand; it doesn’t matter where you come from, or what family you were born into; if you want to play golf good enough to play on tour one day, then you have to start by believing its possible first.
Successful professional golfers have come from the most unlikely places around the world and have found a way to get to the pro tour and become successful.
Take a good look on the Asian Tour or the European Tour and just have a look at the many different countries that have professional golfers representing them. Years ago just a few nations produced all the golfers playing on professional golf tours, but today they come from every corner of the globe.
So start believing that its possible, and tell yourself continually, and truly believe what you tell yourself. Then with this daily verbal dedication to the idea combine it with lots of the right type of skills practice, golf course practice and tournament play and you'll be on your way.
Now this approach will not be popular with those that have grown up with a belief that it takes a lot more than telling yourself that it’s possible and thinking about it continually.
Yes I agree that it does take a lot more than talking and thinking about it all the time, but it always starts there.
Without an idea to work with what have you got?
Everything worthwhile began with an idea right?
Some people believe that you need “talent” more than anything else, and as much as I can respect their beliefs, I don’t agree with them.
Not one little bit.
“Talent” doesn’t cut it anymore; you will severely limit your potential for success if you buy into this limiting belief.
What it always takes is a special kind of hard work, coupled with great information that you may not possess as yet, and an unnatural desire to achieve your goal whilst continually pushing against massive resistance.
And believe me you will face a lot of resistance along the way. I mean how can you not, when what you are attempting to do is far from normal?
"What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it." – Alexander Graham Bell
This resistance I'm talking about will come from many well-meaning individuals who will try to divert you from your pro tour pathway, and you will have to rely on your stubbornness, determination and persistence to keep pushing forward, if you are to eventually break through.
Believe me, you need a lot of determination to succeed at anything you do, and playing golf on a professional golf tour successfully is no different.
Playing golf on tour is a tough gig, but if others can do it SO CAN YOU!
Now people will tell you that you are not good enough, and they will tell you that you don’t have this or that, but you need to understand that the one defining characteristic that will separate you and your goal from those that don’t is that you continue to stay on the path, and keep finding ways to improve your score average.
Forget what the text book theories say, and also what the armchair experts say.
You can make it if YOU BELIEVE COMPLETELY in your ability to achieve your goal and work very hard on the right things.
All those at the top started at the bottom, remember this. And no one gets a free ride to the top.
Sadly many simply give up on their idea because they get sick and tired of working hard at their game and feel they are getting no where; or they get sick and tired of simply failing in their efforts to improve.
However this is the real and only true test of your character.
The key question for you to answer is could you keep pushing forwards towards your goal when everything surrounding you is telling you to give up!
You will never know if you never start. And before you start you need to know that your goal is to achieve the golden scoring standard.
The key to your success at playing golf on a professional golf tour is by reaching the golden scoring standard which guarantees that you can qualify, compete and earn a lot more income than you spend competing on a professional golf tour.
The golden scoring standard in men's and women's professional golf is a score average of 70, and this score average will give you all the success in golf you can imagine.
Many reading this will understand this because they were on the pro tour path and are no longer on it because they didn't achieve the golden scoring standard in the time they allowed themselves to achieve it.
Or maybe they simply didn’t know what the golden scoring standard was, and had they known, they might have kept working towards it?
The Golden Scoring Standard Success Formula
The way we share it with golfers in our program at Pro Tour Golf College (who all want to play golf successfully on a professional tour) is that their ultimate goal is to aim for and achieve the golden scoring standard.
The way to get to this golden scoring standard is with a whole set of well trained skills that have been influenced by well thought out and relevant improvement strategies that move you continually towards the pro tour score standard.
What is the glue that strengthens the link between this set of skills and the golden scoring standard?
It's this simple formula...
Sweat equity is your daily physical investment in this success formula; the amount of and the quality of hard work (practice) you put into your game every single day.
Your ability to achieve this golden scoring standard will be influenced primarily by the strategies you employ, along with the way those strategies influence the improvement in your golf skills, and how hard you work to develop them to the very high standard that's required.
This is a formula for golf success and we want you to think about it as if it was a code that opened a lock to success. If you remove any part of the formula it won't work.
- A goal - a 70 scoring average
- You need highly specific strategies - the pathway to the score average
- You need to develop the relevant golf skills
- You need to work really hard (and we mean really hard)
Seek out suitably qualified teachers, coaches and mentors who can help you to create the best strategies to guide you along your path towards the golden scoring standard.
And like I said earlier, you are likely to face a lot of resistance along the way, but be positive, embrace it, and look beyond it, so you just keep moving forwards ever closer to the golden scoring standard.
Remember it all starts with the idea that you can become a successful professional golfer.
Now you know what your real target is, the only question that truly matters is will you design and implement the strategies that will influence continual improvement in your golf skills, and apply a ton of sweat equity for as long as it takes?
Lawrie Montague and David Milne - Pro Tour Golf College
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