Coaching for the quick
Two Lessons to Learn from Jin Young Kos Most Important Victory
By Brendon Elliott, PGA
Many things can be taken from Jin Young Ko’s win this past weekend at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. These are the two most important. Being prepared and persevering.
Ko and the rest of the field had to be prepared for the wet conditions in Singapore because of the events duration.
Weather delays, slow play, or other outside factors can all cause havoc to your round. However, if you take note of what professionals like Ko do regarding being prepared, you can rise above these outside influences.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Check out the forecast. You need to be prepared for what you might encounter during a round. Weather, temperature, and rain can all have an impact on how your day goes. Knowing what could happen is half your battle. To prepare, make sure you check the hour by hour forecast the night before.
Take the essentials. Here’s a look at items you need to have on hand for a variety of different weather challenges:
*Extra golf glove
*Extra towels to keep hands dry
*A spare change of clothes in your car
*Extra socks in your golf bag
*Rain cover for your bag
*Golf shoes with good traction
*Water bottle and two extra bottles to stay hydrated
*Sunscreen (reapply after nine holes)
*Hat or bucket hat for sun protection
*Extra towels to keep hands dry
*Extra golf gloves to swap
*Umbrella for shade
*Snacks (protein bar, fruit, nuts, etc.) To maintain energy levels stable
*Dress in layers: long-sleeve base, golf shirt, pullover, jacket is a good template
*Warm winter hat
*Hand warmers (keep them in gloves or pockets to use before swinging)
You have the ability to choose how you respond in certain situations. If we let it be, its a conscious decision. We must accept the fact that the weather is bad and how it might affect our decisions. Sticking to a routine is key. A routine helps you to settle your mind and allows you to follow a pattern. It provides predictability and eliminates doubt.
One other notable lesson from Ko’s victory is perseverance. For a good part of the 2022 season — after rising to World No. 1 and winning a record six times in 10 starts — she dealt with a nagging wrist injury . . . There is a lot of doubt. This is something many of you struggle with both on and off the golf course.
However, the art of a comeback is mainly reliant on the person’s ability to persevere.
Ko spoke out about how much she was proud of her win, especially after seeing how the second half in 2022 turned out.
“I had a tough year last year,” said Ko after her victory. “I fought with injury, a bad [golf] game. It [was]Mentally tough This win is the most important — it’s a big moment for me in my life.”
We love to see the stories of our heroes overcome obstacles and persevere. We dont often allow ourselves to be inspired to improve our game.
Start small. Setting realistic goals allows you to reach them and then move on to the next set of goals. This is key to perseverance. Even small victories can add up to great ones.
If you have that mindset, before you know it, you will be able to achieve things that you may have otherwise thought not possible — both in golf and life.