I have often been confused by the coach’s statement for players to give 110% when playing or training. I understand the intent is to try and motivate players to give it their maximum effort when participating, however, this particular saying does not resonate with me.
I will admit that playing at my maximum effort all the time is a challenge. It is difficult to mentally and physically achieve my best due to outside (and sometimes internal) influences. There are too many variables that can derail any game, however on that one special day when all aligns; maximum effort flows freely like a raging river!
Understanding your maximum effort on any given day is important to scoring well. There is a direct relationship between the mental and physical conditions to performance. It is impossible, in my opinion, to fully comprehend the relationship until the moment of hitting your ball off the first tee. It is possible, however, to prepare for each round to hopefully maximize your effort when playing.
As always, Arnold Palmer’s words of wisdom have hit home. The opportunity to give maximum effort is exactly my point. Enjoying the journey and chances to excel are as important as the resulting low golf scores.
The prospect of giving my all is appealing to me when I golf. These moments provide opportunities to succeed on the links. Whether I am at the range or on the course, giving my maximum effort at the time can result in positive results.
The next question of solving the puzzle of being a scratch golfer is whether my maximum effort is mental or physical. But that is a question for another day!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!