In this article we are going to talk about the purpose of having a coach. How will a coach benefit you? I am already really good at the game though, why do I need a coach? These will be some topics we will hit on.
What does a coach do for you? Hopefully the coach is helping you get even better at something you are doing. Whether it is bowling or even track and field. The coach is a set of eyes watching what you are doing whether it is right or wrong. They should be pushing the perfections in your game, and pin pointing the bad areas in your game to make you better. Trust me, we can all be stubborn at times and think we are good enough at what we do. Lets take oh shall we say Tiger Woods, one of the best golfers to ever play the game. What did he end up doing after winning majors and multiple other tournaments. Made changes to his game to make himself even better. Has it helped him of late? Well not yet! It takes time for the change to take place in your mind. Your mind and muscle memory remember your old habits, so now your mind and muscles have to get used to the new way. It is what we like to call Muscle Memory. Once you start accomplishing the changes without thinking about it, the game will become even simpler.
Even if you are at the top of your game and the best at what you do, how will a coach still help you? They can be there for mental support, mainly to keep you focused at the task still at hand. It feels good to be known as the best, but to be the best takes a lot of work and coaching. The worst feeling is losing that number one spot! Hopefully that is when the coach looks at old tapes and compares them to the new tapes. To see what created success for you in the past, and now what is hindering your success. It could be the slightest change, but hopefully the extra set of eyes watching the tapes with you can pin point it out.
Remember this, sometimes you and your coach will butt heads at times and that is simply because no human is ever perfect. When you make a change, it might not be the right one but at least you tried and know for the future that the change you tried did not work for you. Every person thinks slightly different to the next person, same thing goes with coaching. Not all Great Minds think a like! Ask for help and discuss how the change is going to help you. Don’t make a change to your game if you don’t know or understand the answer behind it. That would be the same as, go jump off a bridge cause someone told you too. Make the changes that will help you even if at first it doesn't feel right. Remember the better you look at doing what you love, the better your going to be at what you love. So if you look like a robot, chances are, you might start repeating like a robot. Enjoy the game of bowling and always, Practice, Practice, Practice!