I often wonder what would’ve happened to top golfers in different circumstances. What would’ve happened to their careers if everything hadn’t landed just so, in exactly the right spot?
What if Tiger Woods had picked up a left-handed club?
What if Scottie Scheffler found himself in front of a coach who wanted to change his footwork, rather than one who didn’t?
What if young John Daly took golf lessons?
I wonder about this a lot when it comes to Jon Rahm, the man with a new green jacket, whose untold talent had countless opportunities to run astray at the hand of bad advice. Rahm will often tell a story about going to a junior golf academy in Spain, and the coach wanting to change his swing. He told him no, that wasn’t going to happen, and to work with what he had.
It takes some audacity for a kid to tell a grown professional how to do his job, but the greats have an intuitive genius to decode only the things that matter, and an uncompromising stubbornness to disregard the things that don’t. To problem solve out of whatever situation they find themselves in.