Golf at 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 performance zone and stay the course!

On paper, hole 6 is the easiest in the National with its handicap of 18. rapeseed, explains its architect, Hubert Chesneau. Here, we are in agricultural land! »


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

Michel, a great nature enthusiast, is perfectly right: by dint of setting tons of daily goals, there is a strong risk of drowning!
In navigation, to go far, it is essential to have a course, to regularly check if the boat is in the right direction, to adjust, to tack, but it would be counterproductive to constantly try to be right on the axis, to the nearest degree.

Michel Teichet. “I think you have to structure the approach, but not set yourself too many objectives, plans. It takes a frame, but stay calm. Have all successful pro 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, the skills aggregate around it. Someone who has a level, anyway, will not do anything. You can sometimes think that he is doing anything, but this is not the case.

“To be good, whatever the field, you must above all know where you want to go, that you have a certain level and a lot of common sense. »

Obviously, things have to be put in place. But to be good, whatever the field, you must above all know where you want to go and have a lot of common sense.
We also have that in aviation. 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 is your common sense? » They call it peasant common sense, in aviation. With this feeling that when you don’t feel it, you don’t do it. And in management, too, there must be this idea of ​​common sense.

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

I go back to my bag, I decide to take a 4 iron, low ball in fade. I had planned something, but I adapt to the modification of the moment. I over-club, I make it “punched”. While every day, I hit the 5, today, no, I don’t feel it.

A stronger than average perception can be acquired through experience. This is what we could also call common sense of perception, of adaptation. And it is essential! »


If you forget for a moment all the goals you have set for yourself, what is the dream that drives you?
Beyond a certain academic theory, what do you feel? what are you feeling ? do you really trust yourself?

The role of a coach is to help his client develop, grow, flourish, while keeping in mind that not being cultivated properly can cause a lot of suffering. Grow a daisy like an oak tree and it will suffer, and vice versa.
Do not 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 is without why, blooms because it blooms,
Doesn’t care about herself, doesn’t want to be seen.

The rose blooms because it is there for that. She has no concern for herself, she opens up and offers herself without asking herself:Am I the most beautiful, am I watched, appreciated, loved, admired?

It simply becomes what it is made for. It fully plays its role in the universal concert.
In even simpler terms, the rose “does not take the lead”, it does what it has to do, it is not obsessed with its navel, does not worry about the gaze of others. That’s all.


By having solid foundations, good roots on which to lean, by taking the necessary time, we can get out of the ground and develop harmoniously from branch to branch, from leaf to leaf, and reach very high in the sky…

Supported by controlled stress, you will enjoy taking on new challenges!

By leaving our comfort zone, passing through the learning zone, we enter the ZOP (optimal performance zone), in which, supported by moderate and controlled stress, we will take pleasure in meeting new challenges, meet new people, test-experiment, acquire new skills to evolve and reach the next stage… In The growth zone: we have reached a certain level, we feel a feeling of fullness, freedom, achievement. The time has come to consolidate our achievements, to realize our dreams, to share them widely, to rest in this new optimized comfort zone, then to open ourselves to new opportunities.

Currently, in which area are you located? What would the rose do?
A good coach will know how to help you to situate yourself, to shake up your certainties, to make you pass from one zone to another, at your own pace and without difficulty, in growth or by making you retrace your steps on occasion, if you got lost on the way.


In mental preparation, the question of common sense is a basic support. I systematically invite my clients to use their common sense… then to question it: “ Is it true ? Is it a 6 or a 9? Couldn’t the reverse be just as true? »
I appreciate as much as I distrust the intellectual shortcuts that can hide behind common sense: “Thethe earth is flat! But in order to survive, to avoid getting too often ‘rakes’ (from the bunker) in the head, it is better, in action, to appeal, indeed, to one’s peasant common sense and always watch where one puts the feet.


Finally, I will recall with Freud that the dream is a fulfillment of desire. So should we listen or repress our dreams? ” Aware ” Where ” Unconscious », which acts in us, which speaks in us, which we do not control and which frightens us or stimulates us? How can we take into account our impulses, appeal to our peasant common sense? What are the ingredients for good germination?

At hole 6, the adventure has only just begun! And you can continue it easily…

To be continued

This article is a digest excerpt from the book L’Albatros course of life*

Whatever your level (from beginner to pro), do not hesitate to contact Jean-Christophe Buchot, coach in strategy and performance optimization, for specific support:


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

Episode 1: FORWARD – Gain momentum
Episode 2: LANDING – Finding your mission
Episode 3: LE MÉRANTAIS – Finding your element
Episode 4: CHATEAUFORT — Find your strength
Episode 5: FULL GAZ – Finding your passion

* The Albatross, life course, published by Amphora, by JCh Buchot, with the support of ffgolf. More info on:

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