In golf, the plan is to land your approach shot on the green and either 1-putt for Birdie or 2-putt for Par. That’s the plan, right? But, even the best golfers do not do this more than 70% of the time. Justin Rose leads the 2012 PGA tour stats at 70.34% greens in regulation. So, if they don’t land on the green 3 out of 10 times, that means they are playing a short game shot a minimum of 4-5 times per 18 hole round. That’s a lot of Par saving plays that need to be made.
With very young players in our family, between school and our work schedules, it isn’t easy to fit in a lot of short game practice. I admit, the only putting practice my girls have had in the past month has been during the actual tournaments they play. But short game is what sets apart the winners from the rest of the field.
I try to make sure the girls are practicing from varying lies; flat, uphill, downhill, rough, fairway, etc. Paul doesn’t always have a chance to provide coaching, so they often need to learn by feel. Lucky for us last night, little Nalani wanted to practice chipping. So, we decided to give her some difficult lies. Check out the video, it didn’t seem to phase her at all.
In some of my previous “Golf Mom Story” posts, this is where I notice the parent gets most disappointed in their child, when they hit a bad chip shot. Honestly, golf is a very difficult sport. When it comes to any play that is not off the Tee Box, every shot is different. There are so many variables, the thickness of the grass, the distance to the hole, how fast the green is, etc. How can we possibly expect our children to make a perfect shot each time if it is quite literally impossible for them to practice every possible variation of that shot?
Let’s use this analogy to briefly talk about your pursuit for work at home income. I’ve tried a few different times to either start a business from home or work for a company from home. There are so many variables and each business is different. Making sure I add a little here and there to my workload, to test out what works and what doesn’t, has helped me continue to deliver a successful service offering to my clients. Yes, I do have a proposal and make sure what I offer is very specific so that clients do not take advantage of me by asking me to do more work outside of my scope. However, with industry and marketing trends, I do need to stay on top of it all. And, similar to short game in golf, practice doesn’t make perfect but certainly helps set me apart from the others.
What are you doing to prepare for the unexpected and maintain your competitive edge?