Becoming Competent Unconscious – Golf Planète

Golf teaches us humility. You lose more shots than you shoot. If we cannot accept it, we cannot reach the final stage of learning: unconscious competence. explanations.

national golf engineer, Hubert ChesnotHole 8 of Albatross was nicknamed the “Green Ranger”, the guardian of the Green. This goalkeeper is nothing but a deep circular bunker in the center line. Because if in golf it has always been necessary to be perfectly aligned (in every sense of the word), we must accept that despite our best efforts, we will still fall, sometimes in a ruthless way…

Beat the bad hits

To succeed on the golf course, English speaking coaches speak of “mentality before skill set”. Attitude and mental strength before skills. Knowing that failures in golf are so much greater than successes, the big question is how often will I be able to get up after a bad shot?

Being in the right state of mind, when a student finds himself in a difficult situation that frightens him, such as “losing the ball,” the coach’s role is to accompany him to the end of his fears, by making the a priori exercise more difficult but in a benevolent and safe environment.

So, Mr. Coach Stephanie Bashos He asks his students to swing and hit without looking at the ball! Trust me, it works great!

We advance in golf, when we realize that golf values ​​us above all else in our ability to withstand failure…

Learning to play better is learning to be “in line” between what our ego leads us to experience, our mind advises us, and our nerves allow us to do so…and we progress when we realize that golf particularly values ​​us in our own. The ability to tolerate failure.

To be consistent is to be more zen, closer to reality, is like being in your kitchen preparing a good meal with the products you have on hand. To do this, focus on the ingredients you know are essential for proper dish preparation, and correct posture, not on what might happen after ejaculation (millions at stake, public speaking or the eyes of others).

The right state of mind allows you to focus on the essentials, to be closer to immediate action, thanks to the components that can be called “the constants”, as opposed to the asymmetry inherent in golf. , In life.

What constants do you need to set to be more stable in the face of differences in reality? What routine do you need to stay in a known territory in the face of the unknown?

Take care of your protein

Following checklist procedures (automated routine during training) is reassuring, especially in times of crisis. It is an excellent stress reliever.

Mental formation directly affects our destiny.

Our programs affect our perception of reality, and therefore our identity, our skills, our moods and our actions, whatever they may be.

Therefore, play as much as possible on the configuration parameters of your state of mind: internal dialogue, mental visualization to be as positive as possible, green, encouraging …

encourage yourself

Our speech (our thought) is performative: it thus builds our reality and our identity (which is above all cultural).

Thus, be very careful about what you think of yourself and others, and of your environment, and be sure to think “well”, to take care of your state of mind: all recent discoveries in neuroscience point in this direction. Talk to yourself as if you were your best friend, and agree to go through the steps needed to get ahead.

The four stages of learning

Whatever you learn, you systematically go through these four stages: trial, error, frustration, success… To remember this, remember your first driving lessons!

1 / Incompetence of the subconscious. At this point, we don’t know how much we don’t know. But we want to try. We are then voluntary but more or less resolute.

2/ Conscious incompetence. We understand how much we don’t know. The first attempts ended in failure. Is it worth going further? Great frustration, get into the framework of perseverance…or not.

3/ Conscious competence. We see that we are progressing. These early successes make us happy, but they require a lot of spending of resources to get the job done, and the results remain poor. Is fun amounting to frustration? It takes consistency to keep going, but you come close to success.

As long as we stay veiled, focused on our gesture, walk, signature, swing, we can’t be in the flow.

4/ Unconscious competence. To do what I have to do, I no longer need to know that I know. I succeed and make the right decisions without even thinking about it, or even thinking about anything else. I can walk and even run while I’m thinking about my shopping list. Far from conscious technical mastery, we can then focus on more important activities: clear vision, pure feeling, simple intent, relevant action. As long as we stay veiled, focused on our gesture, walk, signature, swing, we can’t be in the flow.

To understand how one can regress from stage 4 to stage 3, ask the person to walk on a large beam eight inches above the ground, and they will not see where the problem lies; But place the same beam twenty meters high, and the person will immediately switch to the conscious competent mode …

This slop is what often happens to us with our driver at the start of pit 1: fear makes us dip in stage 3 as well. In fact, you are increasing the risk of losing your first drive, and since you don’t understand that getting lost is part of the game, you drop into a new box to find yourself in stage 2, with an internal dialogue like:Uh! no I can not! I’m really stupidWhich obviously doesn’t improve things. We end up in a conscious incompetent situation.

So work on Stages 2 and 3 in the driving range with your coach. On the course, ride on stage 4!

happiness if you want

Today, in general, there is a question of mental preparation, along with exercise. We see it in all the records, in the form of a varied and varied training: for decision-making, for career development, for life as a married couple … many ways of support go through the mind. There is a lot to be done. There are real strategies, real techniques that can definitely improve the working of the mind.

In golf, it’s not the quality of the good shot that matters, it’s the quality of the bad shot.

Nick Valdo

But I do worry a little bit on the part of “over-optimization” that has led, eventually, in our society, to this constant concern for performance, without worrying about temporality. However, it is something that can make you unhappySays the psychiatrist Raphael Gillard.

he is right. Personally, I missed a lot of things. These failures are not necessarily tragic, but it is important to identify them, to tell yourself that this is also part of the journey.

My job is to care about others, and this main guiding thread today prevails over others.

The challenge is to achieve well-being by beginning to absorb universal wisdom Nick Valdo : “In golf, it’s not the quality of the good shot that matters, it’s the quality of the bad shot.“.


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 6: Corn and Turnip – Find Your Roots and Wings

Episode 7: The Camel – Being Happy with Your Game

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

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

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