Do you have what it takes to be the best golfer? What separates high achievers from ordinary people? Is it hard work or motivation?
There are lots of talented people in the world. Some of them have tried everything to be successful in the field. Hard workers often suffer the same fate, spinning their wheels trying to get into the middle of the pack. Then there are the idealists who bounce from project to project looking for the next big breakthrough.
If you think you can relate to this, maybe it’s time to evaluate your grit.
What is Grit?
Grit can be defined as the firmness of mind or spirit. It is an unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger. It is your individual ability to persevere through adversity and setbacks toward a larger, long-term goal.
When it comes to playing golf, grit is very important. It comes in many forms in the golf field. It can mean diligently working on a recommended swing change from your instructor. It can also mean staying focused after a particularly bad hole. The most important thing is your resilience at the end of every play.
Often times, grit means seeking a challenge or problem and still pushing through. They always say that improvement is found outside of your comfort zone. Well, that is true. Staying in your comfort zone will do you no good.
What is the Importance of Grit?
As a golfer, grit is important. Golf is like life. It is going to be hard sometimes. Seeking a larger goal and continuing to pursue it with sincerity and direction will help you overcome difficulties and failures when they come up.
Do you give up after failing many times? You try again, right? It is also the same with golf. Your resilience is what matters at the end of every play. Proper persistence with passion produces progress.
How can you grow your grit?
Grit exists when mentality meets action, repeated. It also means not relying solely on motivation, but rather process, habit, and the big picture. The big picture is important. Making changes to your golf swing because it was the latest instruction you read just hits the reset button on your game. Bouncing from tip to tip doesn’t give you any foundation to build on to see lasting change. Great instruction will help you put your journey into perspective, with plenty of highlight landmarks along the way.
Playing mini-games on the range not only increases your variable practice and competitive spirit, but it also can build grit. Sinking ten 6-footers in a row before you can leave the practice green helps increases your fortitude. Remember that you have an opportunity to build yourself up by taking it head-on. Be okay with being uncomfortable and trusting that you can work through the difficult times.
It takes practice to master something. Even in golf, you need to practice and improve your grit so that you can become the best golfer that you want to become.