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In almost all areas, we talk about performance. It is mentioned in the economy, in the industrial and energy fields, in business and, of course, in sports. However, if this idea is ubiquitous, it is rarely defined.

Written by Jean-Luc Kayla, Performance Director of FFGolf

The answer to this question is far from simple. Firstly because performance depends on often poorly defined elements (objectives, means, etc.) but also because it is combined with notions of effectiveness, efficiency and above all results. Through the following lines, we will try to highlight what performance is in sports, the elements that distinguish it and, above all, how to improve it.

Elementary Concepts

In general, performance reflects the achievement of a service and the degree of achievement associated with it. It is very important to understand these two points in a common way because if we limit ourselves to the first, then performance is actually related to all our accomplishments. Thus the notion of achievement largely guides what is meant by performance. It all starts with setting a goal, a specific goal to achieve. It is the comparison between the service provided and the predetermined goal that makes it possible to classify the performance as good or bad.


Result and performance are often confused. This confusion increases frequently when these two terms are used interchangeably to evoke the same thing one would conjure up with synonyms. Obviously, there is a strong relationship between performance and outcome, but what must be remembered is that performance corresponds to your performance evaluation in relation to the set of goals, while the outcome often depends on other competitors. So you can win the championship by playing badly; Your score will be good but not the performance. On the contrary, you can play the best level of your life and not go over the limit. There is also a phrase we sometimes hear in the course after a bad shot that translates well: “…we always ask how much, not how!” We are talking about a good result that can be obtained through a mediocre achievement.

The distinction between performance and outcome is important, but let’s be frank, they are often confused: first because they are often interrelated; Then, because you can set an outcome goal (reach a certain level) or even compare yourself to yourself. Either way, the result translates directly into performance.

In all cases, understanding what performance is requires mastering the elements that define it. It is their consideration that will allow it to be improved (and often a better result).

performance model

Many researchers and coaches work every day to improve athletic performance. They seek to characterize it, identify the determinants of it in order to create a so-called “performance model”. This complex work results in completely different models but all respond to one desire, which is to train the modeling to help choose the best possible strategy for improving performance. This is the model proposed by ffgolf. It is designed to highlight the multi-axis that must be considered in terms of improving performance. It is clear that defining objectives and clearly specifying actions to be carried out to achieve them should be rejected.

Other axes can be added, especially for those who are destined for high-level practice, such as mastering certain skills (English language, managing images, interacting with the media, looking for partners, etc.) or for young people, the family environment or even the organization of education.

In any case, performance will be the result of a report on all the elements that have an impact on it. So this ratio should be optimal to get the best possible performance at a given time.

At this point, it is easy to understand that just because you have the best technology in the world does not mean that you will reach the next level. Nor because you have the best equipment, or because you are the strongest, physically or mentally. Each hub must be understood and the overall relationship that will determine your performance. Finally, this optimal ratio varies greatly from one individual to another. Copying what works for the player is not necessarily what you need. Template logic doesn’t work when it comes to performance. A good coach will be able to guide you appropriately.


Besides the performance model, strategic training choices must take into account the concepts of effectiveness and efficiency. The first refers to the player’s ability to perform an action while the second translates into the relationship between performance and the cost incurred, particularly in terms of energy or the amount of training provided.

Understanding these two concepts is very important. During the competition we focus above all on being more efficient, with the “weapons” of the day and adapting as much as possible to the playing and track conditions. While training, it’s a different story. It is a matter of creating the conditions that will make it possible to create modifications that are likely to improve performance in a continuous and, if possible, a permanent way. However, as mentioned, performance depends on many factors and it is the ratio of all these factors that determines it. Let’s take an example to understand the importance of this to anyone who wants to improve their performance. If you want to master the length of your beginnings with the driver, you will attach great importance to the artwork. However, as summarized in the chart below, it’s very easy to improve in a short time when you’re just starting out (to go from level 1 to level 2) but the more you progress, the more practice you need. Important for the little one to develop, even just to keep the level (from levels 3 to 4 and then from 5 to 6).

Other areas affect leadership performance. Physical preparation, by improving strength and speed, will increase strength, and flexibility will enhance rotation. Mental preparation will help focus and release. Finally, hardware also plays an important role and is sometimes a limiting factor, etc.

In conclusion, the performance model guides the player and coach in the strategic choice of training and methodology for improving performance.

Unfortunately, many players focus too long on one axis (mostly on technology) and work hard to go from level 5 to level 6 when they are at level 1 in so many other areas that can positively upset their game. That, and often in record time.

Finally, training-induced adaptations are faster when the athlete is young. It is therefore essential that you have this systemic approach as soon as possible in children. The professional club will then be able to apply a training methodology adapted to the player’s abilities and age.

performance and strategy

As we just saw, performance is a multifactorial concept. Then the problem appears for everyone to determine a successful strategy to improve it. In fact, performance is built.

Once you have identified the performance determinants, you need to know your level in each of them. To do this, feel free to contact the professional of your club, he will be able to guide you on the procedures to follow. This diagnostic assessment will highlight your strengths and areas for improvement. From this observation, you should set specific goals. It is they who determine the means to be implemented qualitatively (training content) and quantitatively (durations, frequencies) and allow setting deadlines. Finally, schedule contests or quizzes to monitor your progress on the site and take corrective action if necessary. Your performance is in your hands… It’s up to you!

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