Creativity is a word we don’t readily associate with the profession of golf. But it’s a skill we need to appreciate if we want to grow the game.
When you create something new, or you introduce a change, then as well as courage you need persistence.

How many golfers do you know who easily accept your advice to change their grip? It’s a change, and it comes with a threat.

Sebastian Bendsen is a +4 handicap golfer who hits it the proverbial country mile. He’d love to be a player on Tour, but he’s been advised he’d need to change his grip. Despite the attraction of POTENTIALLY playing the Tour, he doesn’t want to RISK the CHALLENGE he MIGHT FACE.

Seb is behaving in the NORMAL way that humans behave. We’re wired to SURVIVE.     

Changing a golfer’s swing fundamentals, with all the POTENTIAL that brings, doesn’t just have the RISK for the STUDENT of GOING BACKWARDS and HUMILIATION, it has the RISK OF FAILURE for the COACH.  

Putting a new never-been-tried-at-our-club format on has the POTENTIAL for success but has the RISK of FAILURE and COMPLAINT and IGNOMINY.

And in truth, just as the student changing a swing fundamental must practice, and the coach must remain courageous, so must the Professional and Manager who put on a new event in a new format. The likelihood is that it won’t be a success from day one. They’ll need COURAGE and PERSISTENCE.

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