Golf at the service of your personal development: find your passion with Eric Douennelle

why do you play golf To make emotional loops! Live and share intense passions with others! So why give it up? Go full throttle: full throttle!

Hole No. 5 of L’Albatros bears the evocative name ” FULL GAS “. Hubert Chesneau, its architect, explains why: ” This name is a direct reminder of the planes that fly overhead because of the airfield near the Gulf National (and which annoys some). It’s a hole with no water where you can finally let go and give the driver gas, a priori, but beware to the left of the new fairway bunkers with their high lips. Even the champions avoid them because once they fall into these holes, they can’t do what they want the second try.

I’ve learned a lot from playing golf, including resilience, tenacity and patience.


An excellent player, Éric Douennelle, President of the PGA France, is enthusiastic about the many ups and downs, the contrasts that characterize the game of golf … like life. He loves those emotional boosts that excite us—especially on tricky courses like the Albatross. And let us remember that the Passion is… a Way of the Cross!

Éric has learned to digest the bad shots and celebrate the good shots when a lot of people can’t do both because they set their standards too high.

Eric Duennelle: The bad blow must be used as an opportunity to show what we are capable of in the face of disappointment, the opportunity to show that we are capable of going back to the next, capable of generating a new positive emotion. If we miss a shot, we can hit the next one. And the next success is fulfilling the contract: the disappointment about the previous misses is immediately forgotten. I think it’s great, this variety of situations.

Anyway, why do people play golf? Life ! Experience something! Otherwise we wouldn’t be playing golf. »

Ed: ” When I applied to teach at Golf de Dinard, I remember my interview with the very late Jérôme Paris [propriétaire de ce golf mythique]. Jérôme took me straight to the course and at the end of the eighteen holes he said to me: “You will be the next teacher here and with great pleasure. “I learned a lot from playing golf, including resilience, tenacity and patience. Golf has helped me to understand my mechanisms better and to turn negatives into positives. »

common passion

Éric, president of the French professional golfers for many years, evokes the fundamental values ​​of golf with always great intensity, passion…

Ed: ” I bring values ​​of solidarity to golf professionals. We are together to listen to each other, to understand each other, to help each other move forward! Couldn’t we make this path, which we walk individually, more joyful, more interesting by sharing it with others? That’s what I’m trying to share with all the pros. At the risk of sounding like a fanatic at times. How can one live better with others? I always try to share my adventures with friends. Golf is an individual sport but is practiced among others.

It drives me crazy when people are only interested in their performance!

It drives me crazy when people are only interested in their performance! When we play golf, we share a moment in life. Let’s make this moment of life as happy as possible! “What can I do to make other people’s games more fun? “It’s the game of golf! And no, as we’re seeing more and more, at least with some players, people who hardly ever say hello, wear the latest thing in fashion, and end up not even being able to share a coffee to talk about the time we just spent together .

Showing interest in others, respecting etiquette, speaking politely, that’s what golf is all about.

It remains my project at the helm of the PGA. The task of the professionals is to convey this message, to serve as role models in order to move forward better and further together.

Taking lessons is great, and your pro is the best ambassador for the discipline. How do you live together in the Gulf? It seems easy on paper, and yet we see people sending the ball into the woods from the start of the 1st and immediately putting you in a bad mood with swear words and clubs flying everywhere. This isn’t golf. Or rather: you hit the ball, but you are not yet a golfer! »

In other words

  • Who could you share your project with to make it more exciting?
  • Do you agree with Bobby Jones that in golf the rules of etiquette and propriety are just as important as the rules of the game themselves?
  • Are you a real passionate golfer?

Make it easy to generate passion

Did you know that Einstein tried to get into the little white ball, but to no avail… Would you have done better than his teacher not to discourage this budding passion right away?

His instructor, distraught over the famed physicist’s poor physical abilities, tried to find the extra guidance that would help the big man in his ill-fated attempts to touch the ball, but nothing helped. No matter how much he gave her advice, nobody improved the situation, quite the opposite!

At the end of the lesson, Einstein picked up a few balls and started throwing one at his teacher, who easily caught it and looked at his student in confusion. Then Einstein threw all the other balls at him at the same time and shouted, ” Caught ! Gesturing in all directions, the professional failed to catch a single ball. Einstein raised his finger and said to him in a scholarly tone: Young man, if I throw you a ball, you catch it easily. But if I throw you three balls, you don’t catch anything! When teaching, only address one point at a time! »

Unfortunately, the damage was done: the relativity theorist turned his disgust away from golf forever.

The moral of this story is to always keep your ideas simple and only edit one key at a time.

In this way, even the most complicated tasks can be gradually integrated. Otherwise we can discourage the best scientists, while golf is based precisely on physical principles such as B. Momentum: amount of movement, mass, speed! Maybe he would have understood it better with a single statement of type E = mc²?

However, if Einstein couldn’t digest more than one thought at a time, what chance do we have of doing better?

To be continued

This article is an excerpt from the book L’Albatros CV*

Whatever your level (from beginner to professional), do not hesitate to contact Jean-Christophe Buchot, Strategy and Performance Optimization Coach, for specific assistance:


Your progress depends on your strategic and psychological approach to the course, which is why we invite you to treat each golf course as an initiatory journey. And this trip we recommend you on the mythical course of the National Golf, the Albatross, by finding here the previous episodes:

Episode 1: FORWARD – Get moving
Episode 2: LANDING – Find your mission
Episode 3: LE MÉRANTAIS – Find your element
Episode 4: CHATEAUFORT – Find your strength

* The Albatross, Life Course edited by Amphora, by JCh Buchot, with support from ffgolf. More information at:

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