How To Prepare For A PGA Tour

Playing in a competitive golf tournament is stressful and physically demanding. In order to play your best following the advice of Jack Nicklaus who once said, “The difference between being nervous and scared is being prepared.” The question then becomes just how should you prepare for your next tournament? Preparation should follow three distinct paths. One is mental, another physical, and the last is logistical. The game of golf itself is mostly a mental game so preparing emotionally is very important. Some golfers like Phil_Mickelson have found meditation techniques work well to help calm themselves and reduce the impact that stress has on their bodies. Stress releases a flood of hormones into the body that can affect your swing, putting, and the ease the jitters. Mindfulness techniques work to help you get over a bad shot by living in the present and knowing whatever has occurred in the past is gone. Mentally telling yourself that it is okay, and you’ll nail the next shot is important. Also, reward yourself with a discreet fist pump or a silent “attaboy” when you make a good shot. Fear is often the result of the unknown. If possible, arrive at your tournament early and play a few practice rounds without the pressure of competition to gain a familiarity with the course’s layout and quirks. If you work with a swing coach you may want to have them on hand to help you make any minor adjustments. Also, playing alongside someone you know on a personal level can help you relax. Physical conditioning is a very important component of preparation for a tournament. Many...

Men’s College Lacrosse Teams

A great example of a stellar lacrosse team and program is the Loyola Greyhounds of the University of Maryland. They are a Division one program who won the entire NCAA tournament in 2012, as well as winning there conference in 2014. They have seen 22 NCAA tournament appearances starting in 1979 and feature recent standout players like Sean Hecker.

Success Beyond Sports: How athletic skills give former collegiate players a leg-up in the professional world

Success Beyond Sports: How athletic skills give former collegiate players a leg-up in the professional world

The financial services industry is a great realm for former and current athletes to take advantage of their fine-tuned quick decision-making, strategy development and game plan execution skills. Sean Hecker, former lacrosse captain at Loyola University in Maryland, has been excelling at his work in the international steel trading industry for the past four years. Today, with a leadership position at Redstar Industries LLC, Hecker utilizes his skills obtained as an athlete in both the sales and financial realms.