No Incentive To Practice Hard.... HERE?!
Do Country Club Kids Make Bad Pros?
By Kickntrue on 3/20/07
Bobby Jones was a privileged country club kid. So was Jack Nicklaus. Exceptions aside, Golf.com writer Rick Lipsey thinks the better pros come from the public courses, with families who had to make ends meet to get their child the teaching and experience needed to compete. Since its inception in 1986- no World #1 golfer has ever been a "country clubber". Very interesting read.
Was it a fluke that a former club employee, and not a member, became the first Westchester product to play on tour and win? Not likely. I've long believed that public courses, not country clubs, are the best breeding grounds for great golfers. The club atmosphere is too cushy. It doesn't inspire children to toil intensely enough or to develop the kill-or-be-killed mentality needed to win tour events.
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I think I disagree with the hypothesis that this is due to "hunger to win". Ya a Country Club atmosphere is "cushy" but those kids are pushed harder than anyone to succeed in life.
My conjecture would be that country club kids don't win because they play the same course day in and day out. Kids the grow up on public courses are learn to play shots, not specific holes.
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