Integrity, Sportsmanship, and Hard Work.
CHS Golf Team Pledge
I am going to put forth the necessary time and effort needed and to do my part to help this golf program succeed.
My commitment to the CHS Girls Golf Team is the following:
To manage my time, plan and identify areas of improvement for the team, myself and to keep up with school. I will be an active member of this team, attend and be on time to all practices, games and meetings. I will put forth the highest level effort and be mindful of other team members and coaching staff needs while valuing everyone's time.
I will expect in return that other team members and coaches will commit in the same way to the team and give it the time & effort it demands.
You Must Have A Sound Understanding Of What The Game Of Golf Really Is, If You Don't Get This Right, The Rest Will Never Work.
What is the game of golf really about?
Playing golf is not about hitting it hard or hitting it far - it's about hitting consistently, mostly straight, and knowing you are never out of the hole. One of my favorite Walter Hagen's famous sayings: "Now what you have to understand is that three bad shots and one good shot still make par. You see, golf is the game of recovery."
Playing golf is about reacting appropriately in every situation, whether good or bad, and knowing that a disproportionate reaction will not win you the game, but it may lose it for you. It's about course management, process, patience and perseverance: Always play smart golf.
Ultimately, having a plan will be your best friend: Make a plan for the driving range, a hole in a course, an upcoming tournament, a meeting with your teacher or something as simple as a phone call: Make a plan before you start - all it takes is 30 seconds.
Be The Best At What You Do, Because Being Good is not Good Enough
Beng the best at what you do is not a destination, is a lifestyle!
Being the best at what you do is putting 100% effort, taking failure in stride, remaining optimistic, not giving up and taking advice from others.
Being the best at what you do is being knowledgeable about your craft, like knowing the rules of golf and how to apply them, knowing other golf related things like how to be a teammate, coach or captain, sports psychology, fitness and nutrition. Preparing for tournaments the day before you compete. Practicing with a purpose and on the weekends, having a plan for improvement, and short term goals that take you closer to your longer term goals.
Being the best at what you do is keeping your chin up when you feel down or when nothing is working, being helpful and respectful to your friends and family, teammates and coaches at all times, and communicating effectively.
Do this, and you will be on the top 10% of whatever you do - this is the result that comes with being the best at what you do.
Play Within Your Means And Be Ready For Whatever The Game Brings, Because The Game Will Challenge You Every Time You Play.
Expecting to hit a perfect shot every time you swing the club is not sustainable - invites tension. Striving for consistency and a sound swing is sustainable - invites success. Knowing that you can get out of any situation, and still make par, will free your mind and shed tension. Use your imagination - it's your best friend!
Minimize Errors, Because They Are The Biggest Enemy To A Successful Round Of Golf.
"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs... If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same… you’ll be a man (woman) my son.” - Rudyard Kipling
Reference: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz
Know Your Strengths And Weaknesses, Because You Cannot Improve What You Don't Measure.
Do you know:
Your playing stats (GIR's, U/D, Putts, Fairways)
Your club distances, including 1/2 and 3/4 swing, wind and rain?
Where your misses are with you putter, chips, irons and from the tee box?
Your Golf Routine?
How long do you stand over the ball before you swing?
The way certain foods affect you?
How do you talk to yourself?
When you practice Invest 20% of your time in your strengths and 80% of your time in your weaknesses - because it is the best and safest way to improve your confidence.
Be a Healthy Individual, Because Golf Without Health Is _________ .
The Many Faces of Health
Food Health - Nutrition
Physical Health - Strength and Agility
Mental Health - Balanced and well adjusted.
Relationship Health - Friends, family and loved ones.
Teach Golf and Help Others Learn The Game, Because Sharing Feeds Your Soul And Gives More Purpose To Your Game.
Goodwill to fellow members of the human race.
Active effort to promote human welfare by donating your time and/or knowledge.
An act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes.
I can tell you from personal experience that sharing with others, whether it is coaching, teaching or just assisting someone in need feels good. For me, being the CHS Golf Coach is rewarding and has made me a better golfer - Thank you :)
Be Active In The Lives Of Your Family, Because They Are Central To Who You Are.
It's in our DNA - Family is the best motivator you will have, and is there from the beginning and throughout your lives. So remember to stay involved, and be nice to family, friends, and even strangers today, because tomorrow you may be on the other side.
"Remember that Integrity is more in demand than Intelligence, and you’ll be OK.”