- Muhammad Ali
What do you think when you read this quote from the great Muhammad Ali ?
For me, I see that it took me a long time between the age of 20 and 50 to realise that life long learning and continuous improvement is essential. It also makes me realise that in my 50’s I may have another 30 years to learn and improve and still compete with 20-year-olds.
The recent Arccos report on 'distance off the tee' deduced "that skill, not age, has the most impact on driving distance. In fact, a golfer’s handicap is 2X as impactful as his or her change in age."
The adage “Father Time is Undefeated,” implies that as athletes age, their performance diminishes. Although, anyone dedicated enough to working on their game, will inevitably see improvements and more wins.
For example, Arccos discovered that a 0 handicap 70-year-old male will hit the ball farther than a 20-year-old 20 handicap. (This is over a statistically significant number of rounds - usually 5 or more which is required for full activation from Arccos' Caddie App.)
Getting better at golf is like everything else in life. It needs an understanding of what your skill level is today, a 6-12 week plan to address the areas of weakness, some measured practice/learning, re-measurement and the cycle starts again.
In Kaizen-Golf, we follow the continuous improvement process applied to incremental gains now being applied to all professional sports.
Define - Where are you today and where do you want to be - Your potential
Measure - Collect your data
Analyse - Identify the areas to work on
Improve - Perform with insight
Control - Imbed the improvements into your game
The great thing about golf is that you have 60 years to keep learning and improving. If you are 50 you still have 20 years to shoot your age (Shoot 70 at age 70)
No matter your age, if you are passionate about golf, then DO NOT waste another 30 years scoring 85 week in and week out and finishing in the mid-field, make a commitment and a plan to be competitive in the monthly medal and execute. Reference: https://uk.arccosgolf.com/blogs/community/2020-arccos-distance-report-off-the-tee