Friday, July 2, 2010

Sports insight

I often say that my surname's "scorer" but I've never won a sports match. But it's been a summer of sports - English embarrassment at the World Cup; now the British hope at Wimbledon over; and today I met with Kevin, a South African colleague who financed himself through university on a golf bursary.

We were talking about the focus that's needed to excel. A golf game is never won on the first shot, though can be lost then. In a tournament, the truly great are the ones who focus on the end result and pace for what they need to achieve. Great golfers focus for the thirty seconds of each shot, then relax and move on to deal with the consequences of their last action. They take responsibility for their performance. They plan for what they have to do to get to their objective, quite literally in the shortest way possible.