Golf in the service of your personal development

Are you the “head in the air” or “down to earth” type? Are you Oak or Reed? fish or monkey? A small seed, a big dream, and the support of a benevolent gardener should allow you to find your optimal zone of performance and stay the course!

On paper, hole 6 is the easiest at the National with an 18 handicap, raps, explains its architect Hubert Chesneau. Here we are on farmland! »

Peasant dream and common sense

Isn’t simply planting a seed the origin of every great project? Certainly… But in terms of progress, “Tell me about dreams rather than goals! »prefers aviator and Master Pro PGA Michel Teichet (now Director of Fairmont Royal Palm Golf & Country Club).

Michel, a great nature lover, is absolutely right: setting tons of daily goals poses a strong risk of drowning!
In navigation, to go far it is important to have a course, to regularly check that the boat is in the right direction, to adjust, to tack, but it would be counterproductive to constantly try to be exactly on axis to be next degree.

Michel Teichet. “I think you have to structure the approach but not set yourself too many goals and plans. It needs a framework, but keep calm. Have all successful professional golfers structured their training and development like crazy? no The main thing is not to configure everything, but to have the level! When you have a level, skills aggregate around it. Someone who has a level anyway isn’t going to do anything. You can sometimes think he’s doing something, but that’s not the case.

“To be good in any area, you need to know where you want to go, have a certain level and a lot of common sense. »

Obviously things need to be put in place. But to be good in any field, you need to know where you’re going and have a lot of common sense.
We have that in aviation too. Some of the best advice I’ve received from Air France captains is this: “Michel, get your head out of your instruments, look outside, what’s your common sense? » They call it peasant common sense in aviation. With that feeling that if you don’t feel it, you don’t. And there has to be this common sense in management too.

Golf is peasant common sense: I’m on the tee, par 3 160m uphill, the weather is nice, calm, I’m hitting a 5 iron. When I get to the tee, a gust of wind right/left, I feel worse.

I go back to my bag and decide on a low ball 4 iron in the fade. I had something planned, but I adapt to the changes of the moment. I roll over, I make it “punched”. While I hit the 5 every day, I don’t feel it today.

Above-average perception can be acquired through experience. We could also call this common sense, adjustment. And it’s important! »


If for a moment you forget all the goals you have set, what is the dream that drives you?
Aside from any particular academic theory, what do you think? what are you feeling ? do you really trust yourself

The role of a coach is to help his client to develop, grow and prosper, bearing in mind that improper cultivation can cause a lot of suffering. Grow a daisy like an oak and it will suffer and vice versa.
Don’t grow against nature. Monkey or fish, are you in the right jungle, the right aquarium, the right environment to thrive? Again, it’s a matter of common sense.


Do you know this little poem that I often quote:

The rose has no why, blooms because it blooms,
Doesn’t care about himself, doesn’t want to be seen.

The rose blooms because that’s what it’s for. She doesn’t care about herself, she opens up and offers herself without asking herself:Am I the most beautiful, am I observed, valued, loved, admired?

It just becomes what it was made for. It fully plays its role in the universal concert.
Put even more simply, the rose “doesn’t take the lead”, it does what it has to do, it doesn’t obsess over its navel, it doesn’t care about the looks of others. That’s all.


By having a solid foundation, good roots to lean on, by taking the necessary time, we can get off the ground and evolve harmoniously from branch to branch, leaf to leaf, and very high into the sky are sufficient …

Supported by controlled stress you like to take on new challenges!

By leaving our comfort zone, going through the learning zone, we enter the ZOP (optimal performance zone) where, supported by moderate and controlled stress, we enjoy taking on new challenges, meeting new people, testing-experimenting, acquiring new skills, to to evolve and reach the next level… In the growth zone: we have reached a certain level, we feel a sense of fullness, freedom, accomplishment. It is time to consolidate our achievements, achieve our dreams, share them widely, rest in this new optimized comfort zone and then open ourselves to new possibilities.

What area are you currently in? What would the rose do?
A good coach knows how to help you position yourself, shake your certainties, get you moving from one zone to another at your own pace and without difficulty, as you grow, or by occasionally getting you Retrace your steps you got lost along the way.


When it comes to mental preparation, common sense is a fundamental pillar. I systematically challenge my clients to use their common sense… and then question it: ” Is it true ? Is it a 6 or a 9? Couldn’t the opposite be just as true? »
I both appreciate and distrust the intellectual shortcuts that common sense can hide: “TheThe earth is flat! But in order to survive, so as not to get “raken” (from the bunker) in your head too often, it’s better to actually use your farmer’s common sense on the field and always watch where you put your feet.


In conclusion, I will remember with Freud that the dream is a wish-fulfillment. So should we listen or suppress our dreams? ” Deliberately ” From where ” Unconsciously », what works in us, what speaks in us, what we do not control and what scares us or stimulates us? How can we consider our impulses, appeal to our peasant common sense? What are the ingredients for good germination?

The adventure has only just begun at hole 6! And you can just continue…

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 consider 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
Episode 5: FULL GAZ – Find your passion

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

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