“You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest, but you can be the toughest.”
Like a good salsa, students come in mild, medium, and intense. Our degree of intensity and commitment will determine our progress. What are we willing to sacrifice to reach our unlimited potential?
We should honestly evaluate our dedication, and manage our expectations. This intensity can be dynamic throughout the year and our lives.
For the recreational golfer, it can come and go in phases. After watching the Masters we are pumped up to go practice, but when the holidays roll around we get complacent with our practice and overindulge in egg nog. Our development will be affected by the lack of intensity.
However, simply having the awareness of these fluctuations frees us from the burden of judgments we place on ourselves and our game.
“Tough-ness” is an all-encompassing fundamental that is often overlooked and taken for granted. Why state the obvious? Because, if we don’t love it, we’ll never work hard enough to be great.
Dodie Mazzuca is the author of “Golf Sūtras,” “Daily Golf Tap-Ins,” and founder of Golf PROformance. She teaches golf lessons, golf schools, and performance coaching for competitive players in Santa Cruz, CA and Reno, NV.