Golf at the service of your personal development

Are you the “head in the air” or “on the ground” type? Are you OK or RED? Fish or monkey? A small seed, a big dream, and an improved gardener’s support should allow you to find your optimal performance zone and stay on track!

On paper, Hole 6 is the easiest in the National with a handicap of 18. rapeseed, explains architect Hubert Chesneau. Here we are in a farmland! »

A dream of peace and common sense

Isn’t it just planting a seed at the root of any great project? Sure… but in the concept of progress, “Tell me about dreams instead of goals!”favors pilot and Master Pro PGA Michel Teichet (now Director of Fairmont Royal Palm Golf & Country Club).

Michel, a huge nature enthusiast, is absolutely right: by setting too many daily goals, there is a high risk of drowning!
In navigation, to go far, it is necessary to have a course, to regularly check whether the boat is in the right direction, to adjust it, to tackle, but it would be useless to constantly try to be right on the axis, the nearest degree.

Michelle Techet. “I think you should structure the approach, but don’t set yourself too many goals and plans. It takes a framework, but stay calm. Have all the successful professional golfers organized their training and development like crazy? No. The main thing is not to configure everything, but to have Level! When you have a level, the skills gather around it. A person who has a level, anyway, won’t do anything. Sometimes you might think he’s doing anything, but that’s not the case.

“To be good, no matter the field, you must first of all know where you want to go, that you have a certain level and a lot of common sense.”

It is clear that things have to be put into place. But in order to be good, regardless of the field, you must first of all know where you want to go and have a lot of common sense.
We also have this in aviation. Some of the best advice I’ve received from Air France captains are: “Michelle, get your head out of your machines, and look outside, what is your common sense?” They call it common sense for peasants in aviation. With that feeling that when you don’t feel it, you don’t. And in management also, there must be a common sense idea.

In golf, the common sense for peasants is: I’m on a tee, class 3, 160m high, it’s nice, calm, I’ll hit a 5 iron. When I get to the tee, a gust of wind, right/left, I feel bad.

Returning to my bag, I decided to take a 4 iron, low ball in the fade. I had planned something, but I adjust to the adjustment of the moment. I overdo the baton, I make it “punctured”. While every day, I hit the five, today, no, I don’t feel like it.

A stronger than average perception can be obtained through experiment. This is what we might also call common sense for cognition and adaptation. This is necessary! »

In other words

If for a moment you forget all the goals you set for yourself, what dream is driving you?
Beyond a certain academic theory, how do you feel? how do you feel ? Do you really trust yourself

The role of a coach is to help his client develop, grow and thrive, bearing in mind that not cultivating properly can cause a lot of suffering. Plant a daisy like an oak tree and it will suffer, and vice versa.
Do not grow against nature. Monkey or fish, are you in the right jungle, right aquarium, right environment to thrive? Again, it’s a logical question.

The rose for no reason

Do you know this little poem I quote often:

A rose for no reason blooms because it blooms
She does not take care of herself, she does not want to be seen.

The rose blooms because it is there for that. She doesn’t care about herself, she opens up and introduces herself without asking herself:Am I the most beautiful Have you seen, appreciate, love, admire?

It simply becomes what it was made for. She fully plays her part in the world concert.
In simpler terms, the rose “does not take the initiative”, she does what she must do, she is not obsessed with her navel, she does not worry about the look of others. That’s it.

From malaise to comfort

By having solid foundations, and good, dependable roots, by taking the necessary time, we can break out of the ground and develop harmoniously from branch to branch, leaf to leaf, and reach very high in the sky…

Powered by controlled pressure, you will enjoy taking on new challenges!

By leaving our comfort zone, and going through the learning zone, we enter the zone of optimal performance (ZOP), where, with the support of moderate and controlled pressure, we are happy to take on new challenges, meet new people, test, experiment, and acquire new skills to develop and reach The next stage… In the growth zone: we reach a certain level, we feel full, free and accomplished. It’s time to solidify our achievements, realize our dreams, share them widely, rest in this new improved comfort zone, and then open up to new opportunities.

Currently, in which region do you reside? What will the rose do?
A good coach will know how to help you position yourself, change your confidence, or make you pass from one area to another, at your own pace and without difficulty, growing or making you follow in your footsteps on occasion, if you have lost your way.

Keep your feet on the ground

In a mental setting, the question of instinct is an essential support. I systematically invite my clients to use common sense…and then ask the following question: “ Is this true ? Is it 6 or 9? Could the exact opposite not be true? »
I appreciate as much as I do not trust the intellectual shortcuts that can hide behind common sense: “TheEarth is flat! » Mais pour survivre, éviter de se prendre trop souvent des “râteaux” (de bunker) dans la tête, mieux vaut, dans l’action, faire appel, en effet, à son bon sens paysan et regarder toujours où l’on met feet.


Finally, I will remember with Freud that a dream is a fulfillment of a desire. Should we listen or suppress our dreams? ” conscious ” where ” Unconscious “What works in us, that speaks in us, that we do not control, that frightens or motivates us? How can we take into account our own motives, and appeal to our common sense peasants? What are the components of good germination?

In Hole 6, the adventure has just begun! And you can easily continue with it…


This article is an excerpt from the book The Life of Albatross.

Whatever your level (from beginner to professional), feel free to contact Jean-Christophe Buchot, coach in strategy and performance improvement, for specific support:


Your progress depends on your strategic and psychological approach to the course, which is why we invite you to consider every golf course as an introductory journey. And this trip, we suggest you take on the legendary National Golf Course, Albatross, by finding previous episodes here:

Episode 1: Forward – Gaining Momentum
Episode 2: Landing – Find Your Mission
Episode 4: Chatafort – Discover Your Strength
Episode 5: FULL GAZ – Finding Your Passion

* The Albatross, life course, published by Amphora by JCh Buchot with support from ffgolf. More information on:

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