As an amateur athlete in multiple sports, I always aspired to play my best. Of course that did not always happen, but for the most part I can look back and confidently say that I rarely left anything on the playing field. This desire was driven from an innate drive always want to improve. My golf game is no better and I enjoy seeking new and better methods to lower my golf score. Yesterday, I came across an interview by Rory McIlroy that struck home. And I think it is worth sharing.
This is what Rory had to say:
Find better golfers and play a round with them is such sound advice that I need to repeat it:
Find better golfers and play a round with them!
I am a strong believer in this statement. It is harder to improve if I never step outside my comfort zone to play golf with a better player. It is like going to golf school for 4 hours. The amount of positive information I receive is amazing and sometimes profound.
I experienced this exact advice a few years ago in a Match Play event at Osprey links. I played against a better player and walked away with a boat load of things to work on. If you are interested you can read my article titled: Playing Golf With Better Players.
I believe that Rory McIlroy has offered one of the best piece of advice for any athlete. We get better by playing and watching better players. If we have an open mind, we can use their experience to vault our game to a new level.
Personally, I will play golf with anyone. I thoroughly enjoy playing with better players. This year, I had the opportunity to play golf with two players that were the same handicap or better the I. Both Bruce and Matt beat me in the Club Championship Match Play events. They had different styles and approach the game differently. The benefit for me is that I was able to analysis how they played and take a bit away from each. Now, I need to develop a strategy to incorporate what I learned. Oh, the fun.
Thanks to Rory McIlroy for reminding me about playing golf with better players. It is sound advice that I hope to use again next golf season.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!