- Be able to think clearly under pressure
- Be patient
- Be self-centered, focusing on yourself and the golf course
- Be able to do 1-3 really well when it's not going well and you do not have your A game.
When competing myself, I am able to attempt to do the above. It isn't easy when you are the one hitting shots. It is pretty easy to say to a player what kind of shot was that you just hit? What was your target? What were you thinking there? Emotions are a crazy thing. Everyone responds to stress differently. Competition reiterates to me every time the importance of a great routine that allows you to swing with great rhythm and tempo. At the end of the day the most important is your attitude. Can you adopt an attitude of confidence and playing with no consequences when the stakes are high? I challenge all coaches to not lose sight of competing themselves so they can practice what they preach. It will go a long way into getting your players to listen and buy in to what you want them doing under those conditions. Play the game...enjoy the walk.