1/2/2012 1:59 PM
What makes greatness in golf?
- Is it talent?
- Does it take lots of money?
All of the above help, no question. But greatness? Not without a missing link:
Deep Practice is not:
- Mindlessly hitting balls
- Practicing with no purpose
- Doing it to please your parents, or to get a college scholarship
Greatness takes passion. Practicing like your hair is on fire. Practice like needing to breathe, needing to eat.
In a past article I talked about the neurons of the brain, making connections, forming pathways. These pathways are not on firm footing without:
Myelin is the white matter in your brain, like the highway your car travels on. Without it, your grey matter is traveling through mud, on ruts in the dirt. Myelin grows through deep practice.
It takes 10,000 hours of deep practice to become a world-class, elite athlete. That means 5 hours a day, for about 8 years. Take a few days off, and it takes 10 years.
Playing is not deep practice. Practice is work, not play. It means doing the things others don’t want to do because it is hard, boring, tiring, hot, cold, rainy, whatever. But that is also the good news, others do not want to do it. If you do it, you will excel.
What is Deep Practice?
-They know about deep practice at a run-down tennis club in Moscow. Twenty ladies are now on the Professional Tour, more than were produced in the entire USA.
-They know about deep practice at a run-down soccer club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pele, Rinaldo, and many more great champions were trained there.
-Lots of myelin is produced in South Korean lady golfers, which has an unusual number of ladies playing high level LPGA golf