I’m not sure there’s an easier job in the world this morning than that of a golf coach.
Just print out a picture of Jordan Spieth wearing his Green Jacket, burn a DVD of his unflappable performance at Augusta National over the last week, and give it to your pupils.
Okay, so it’s not that straightforward but, at the same time, it’s surely not a bad place to start and Spieth, the new Masters champion, is the perfect example to learn from. In so many ways, too.
Dominant and composed from the start to finish, the young Texan announced himself to the world over the weekend with his first major win. And what a win it was.
Notice how you don’t see him taking selfies in the gym, nor tweeting quotes from ‘philosophers’, nor designing some silly logo for himself?
Never mind the fact that he’s the youngest player since Tiger to win the Masters, nor that he tied Woods’ tournament record score, nor that he carded a tournament record number of birdies, nor that he became the first player ever to reach 19-under at Augusta – where Spieth impresses most, for me at least, is in way he conducts himself both on and off the course.
Notice how you don’t see him taking selfies in the gym, nor tweeting quotes from ‘philosophers’, nor designing some silly logo for himself? He just gets on with his work. He knuckles down, practices hard, learns from his mistakes, and, wouldn’t you just know, he gets his rewards.
A lot of young players these days – a lot of young Scottish players, for that matter, both amateur and professional – appear to be missing the point. They seem to want to be famous. But being famous is easy. Being successful? That requires commitment and focus.
It’s the oldest cliché in the book but it’s true: there are no shortcuts to the top. It’s a long, arduous climb, always under construction and flanked by those who never made it.
The rewards for getting there? Sure, they're great, but they should never be the motivation to succeed. They should be an added bonus and nothing more.
Why did Jordan Spieth want to win the Masters? To be rich? To be famous? To get more Twitter followers? To make new ‘celebrity’ friends’? To have people tell him how good he is and pat him on the back?
That pretty much sums up Jordan Spieth – class.
Not likely. Everything about the kid suggests that Jordan Spieth wanted to win the Masters because he wanted to win the Masters. Simple as that.
He’s level-headed, courteous and respectful. Did you notice how, in the Butler Cabin, he referred to Billy Payne as ‘Mr Chairman’? That was no accident. Neither was walking back out into the middle of the 18th green after embracing his family to applaud the crowd.
After his first round 64 on Thursday, he was asked about practising with ‘Ben’ earlier in the week and how much of a help that had been. He started to answer before stopping himself. “You're talking about Mr Crenshaw, right?” he asked, checking he had the right guy and, at the same time, reinforcing his class.
And that pretty much sums up Jordan Spieth – class. He gets it.
He might be only 21 but he’s someone that every young golfer should be looking to emulate. Yes, by all means, aim to have a career like Tiger’s. But, just as equally, aim to be like Jordan. Remember who you are, what you do, and what you want to achieve.
If it’s fame and fortune you’re after, fine. But don’t then pretend to be ‘#alwayslearning’ or go looking for hollow adulation on social media after you’ve posted a career-best top ten finish on some fourth or fifth tier tour. Deep down, that stuff impresses nobody, no matter how many retweets you get.
Jordan Spieth is a terrific young guy, an exceptional young golfer, and a worthy role model.
If you want to be a success, though, take a leaf out Spieth’s book. Study what he has done up to now and copy it. It’s not complicated. It just takes graft. Lots and lots of graft. But since when did anything either good or worth having come easy?
Jordan Spieth is a terrific young guy, an exceptional young golfer, and a worthy role model and example to anyone who dreams of being a major winner.
He is, in short, a walking, talking golf lesson. Learn from him.
Jordan Spieth :: An example to all?
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