There are many different opinions on whether or not you are born a winner or if you can become a winner. Going past that argument, there are certain traits that winners must have in order to be successful. So how do you identify those traits? Let’s get into it:
Ability to Take Responsibility
No matter the outcome of a round of golf, in order to be a winner you have to take responsibility for what happened. Making excuses is a bad road to go down and something that winners never do. Have you ever watched a press conference with Tiger Woods after he had a bad round? He stands up there and admits that he performed poorly and didn’t rise to the occasion.
Taking shortcuts is bad anytime in life, but especially for a winner. If a kid doesn’t want to put in the time on the practice range or putting green, then they will never be great. They can’t simply expect to perform at the highest level once they step on the golf course. They need to understand that the best players in the world also happen to put in enormous amounts of time perfecting their craft.
Does your kid show their competitive nature when playing in tournaments? All winners have to have a competitive nature and it has to come out in everything they do. They have to want to beat everyone they come up against.
In order to be the best you have to make some sacrifices along the way. For kids this can be especially tough because they just want to have fun. Being able to turn down a playdate with a friend to practice golf is something that most kids won’t do. Is your kid able to identify what is important to them and push aside distractions?
Ability to Take Chances
As the great Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” A winner can’t be afraid to take a chance and try something new. If there is a new golf club or a new swing change, you have to be open to trying new things.
Look for the Solution
Winners always look for ways to fix a problem that they are faced with. They don’t complain and give you excuses as to why they couldn’t complete their task. Is your kid able to find solutions to problems they are faced with? As an example, a youngster could walk up to his ball plugged in a bunker and decide that it’s unfair and that the sand is too soft and not firm enough. A winner would take a look at the ball and say “Ok, let’s find a way out of this.”
There is no substitution for hard work. No matter how much talent your kid might have, it won’t matter unless they practice their craft. Good work ethic is developed over time and it starts when you are young. A good work ethic includes the ability to recognize that quality is better that quantity. Hitting a bucket of 50 balls at the range doesn’t matter if you are not focusing and trying your hardest on every single swing.
The best players in the world exude confidence in every aspect of their lives. Watch Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth walk down a fairway during a tournament and you can see what I mean. The greatest winners of all-time have all been extremely confident in their abilities and the way that they carry themselves.