Life on the European Tour - Has it changed?
Recently, I was at the airport on my way to my first European Tour event in over two years. I called Iain to discuss something off topic, but soon got onto this one. I realized that even though I’ve had a level of success coaching on the European Tour before, I mostly felt like I had failed. As many people know, this feeling of failure fuels why i do what I do.
I tried to remember my appreciation from when I coached on a 3rd or 2nd division tour. There was nothing; I just went about my business. This is division 1, however, and my insecurities were starting to come through.
Tuesday morning arrived, and it was time to go. I headed to get my credentials, then went to the range. I met some friendly faces that I hadn’t seen in a while, watched a player warm up, then went to the course. Scott Fawcett would love this place. It was as if I had never been away. I slipped into autopilot and got on with the tasks at hand.
Let’s rewind for a small second, as there’s something I forgot to mention.
I have always been a meditator, but hadn’t done it in a while. That morning, to quiet my active brain, I started meditating again, and it really helped me to relax when stepping out my comfort zone.
One thing I’ve noticed since the last time I was out there is that the practice habits haven’t really changed for the majority; however, the increase in launch monitors has. I wonder why that is? Could it be the very same reason I felt nervous coming here - the dreaded comfort zone? Are players somewhat worried to change their practice habits, just because they’re comfortable firing balls down the range and working on their numbers?
At GLT, we passionately believe the next gains for players could be in how they train and practice, but it’s going to take a few to cast worry aside and step outside their comfort zone for this to happen.
Only time will tell.