Golf in the service of your personal development: discover your passion with Eric Doinell

Why do you play golf? To make emotional rings! Live and share intense feelings with others! Why deprive yourself of it? Play it fully: full throttle!

Hole No. 5 of L’Albatros bears the evocative name” full throttle Hubert Chesneau, its architect, explains why: This name echoes the planes flying above us (which disturbs some) because of the airport near Golf National. It’s a pit without water, where you can finally leave and put gas on the driver, a priori, but watch out on the left for the new lane bunkers with their raised lips. Even heroes avoid them, because once they fall into these holes, they can’t do what they want on the second try.

I learned a lot from playing golf, including flexibility, perseverance and patience.

strong feelings

Excellent player, Eric Doinell, President of PGA France, is delighted with the many twists and contradictions that permeate golf…like life. He loves those emotional lifts, which give us excitement—especially on challenging courses like the Albatross. And let’s remember that the Passion… Stations of the Cross!

Eric has learned to absorb bad shots and to rejoice in a good one, when not many are capable of either, because they set their standards too high.

Eric Doinell: A bad blow should be taken as an opportunity to show our ability to cope with disappointment, an opportunity to show that we can bounce back to the next blow, and able to produce a new positive emotion. Missing one shot can allow us to succeed in the next. And the success in the next stage is the fulfillment of your contract: you immediately forget the disappointment of the previous missed shots. I find it cool, this alternation of positions.

Anyway, why do people play golf? for living ! To try something! Otherwise we wouldn’t play golf. »

so: ” When I applied to Golf de Dinard to give lessons, I remember the selection interview I had with the late Jerome Paris [propriétaire de ce golf mythique]. Jerome took me straight to the course, and at the end of the eighteen holes he told me, “You’ll be the next teacher here, and with pleasure.” I learned a lot from playing golf, including flexibility, perseverance, and patience. Golf helped me better understand my mechanics and turn the negatives into positives. »

common passion

Head of professional French golfers for many years, Eric invokes the core values ​​of golf with intensity and passion…

so: ” I hold the values ​​of solidarity for professional golfers. We are together to listen to each other, understand each other, and help each other move forward! Can’t we make this path that we follow individually more fun and interesting by sharing it with others? This is what I try to share with all the pros. At the risk of seeming at times like a fanatic. How do you live better with others? I always try to share my adventures with friends. Golf is an individual sport, but it is played among other things.

It drives me crazy when people only care about their performance!

It drives me crazy when people only care about their performance! When we play golf, we share a moment of life. Let’s make this moment of life as happy as possible! “What am I going to do to make other people’s games more interesting?” This is golf! No, as we often see, at least among some guys, the people who hardly say hi, are dressed in the latest fashion and aren’t even allowed to share coffee in the last part to talk about the time we were in. We spend it together.

Showing interest in others, respecting etiquette, speaking politely, that is all about golf.

My project is still on top of the PGA. The job of the professionals is to get this message across, to serve as models to move forward better, and more, together.

It’s great to take classes, and your professional is the best ambassador for the discipline. How do we live together in golf? On paper, it looks easy, however, we see people who, right from the start of the first match, send the ball into the woods and immediately put you in a bad mood with bad words, batons flying everywhere. feeling! This is not golf. Or rather: you hit the ball, but you’re not yet a golfer! »

In other words

  • With whom can you share your project to make it more exciting?
  • Do you agree with Bobby Jones that the rules of etiquette and decency in golf are just as important as the rules of the game itself?
  • Are you a true passionate golfer?

Keep it simple to generate passion

Did you know that Einstein tried to get into the little white ball but to no avail… Would you have done better than his professor not to immediately dampen this emerging passion?

His coach, despairing of the poor physical abilities of the famous physicist, tried to find additional instructions that would help the big man in his ill-fated attempts to touch the ball, but nothing worked. No matter how much she advised, none of it made the situation better, quite the opposite!

At the end of the lesson, Einstein picked up a few balls and began to throw one to his teacher, who easily picked it up, looking puzzled at his pupil. Then Einstein threw all the other balls at him at the same time, shouting: ” arrest! The professional, who was pointing in all directions, failed to catch a single ball. Einstein raised his finger and said to him in an educated tone: Young man, when I throw a ball at you, you can easily catch it. But when I throw three balls at you, you don’t catch anything! When teaching, eat only one drop at a time! »

Unfortunately, the damage was done: The relativist, disgustingly, has walked away from golf for good.

The moral of this story is to always keep your thoughts simple and only work one switch at a time.

So more complex tasks can be combined one by one. Otherwise we can discourage the best scientists, while golf relies specifically on physical principles, such as momentum: momentum, mass, and speed! Perhaps he would have understood better with a single instruction of type E = mc²?

Anyway, if Einstein can’t grasp more than one idea at a time, what chance do we have of doing a better job?


This article is an excerpt from the book The Life of Albatross.

Whatever your level (from beginner to professional), feel free to contact Jean-Christophe Buchot, coach in strategy and performance improvement, for specific support:


Your progress depends on your strategic and psychological approach to the course, which is why we invite you to consider every golf course as an introductory journey. And this trip, we suggest you take on the legendary National Golf Course, Albatross, by finding previous episodes here:

Episode 1: Forward – Gaining Momentum
Episode 2: Landing – Find Your Mission
Episode 4: Chatafort – Discover Your Strength

* The Albatross, life course, published by Amphora by JCh Buchot with support from ffgolf. More information on:

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